Westfield Town Board OKs annual license agreement regarding lightouse

WESTFIELD — The Westfield Town Board approved entering into an annual license agreement with New York State Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation regarding use of the Barcelona Lighthouse and Keeper’s Cottage at its March meeting.

The state owns the Lighthouse and Keeper’s Cottage while the town of Westfield owns the adjoining property. As part of the license agreement the town, in collaboration with the Westfield-Barcelona Community Chamber of Commerce and the Chautauqua County Visitors Bureau, offers tourism information and collateral for the public at the Lighthouse site. Volunteers staff the cottage during the summer.

The Chautauqua County Historical Society along with the state, town, local chamber and Visitors Bureau is in process of determining how to best enhance the Lighthouse site. All agencies look forward to more public access to the area’s natural resources and historical community assets.

In other business, a hearing was held for residents to communicate questions and concerns on a special use permit for a potential business in the mixed-use zone of North Portage Street in Barcelona. The issuance of the application was tabled until next meeting.

Concerned community members reported on potential building activity in the commercial district on Gale and Hawley streets where there is currently a moratorium on building activity.

The town clerk, dog warden, fire department, historian, town court, police and highway reports were presented. Authorization to post roads was given to the Highway Department regarding weight restrictions.

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