WESTFIELD - Village of Westfield electric crews will be busy taking care of some maintenance issues on a six-and-a-half mile stretch of electrical line along Finley and Prospect Station roads.
Electric Department Superintendent Bill Boneberg requested during the board of trustees meeting that the board accept the low and valid bid from Nelson Tree Service to clear a right of way of approximately 50 feet, clear and trim undergrowth in the right of way and spray to prevent regrowth along the line's route.
"If we award the bid tonight, the bidder can do the work in approximately 10 days following. We will have to schedule an outage to do this, but the overhang on that line is just too close to chance," Boneberg said.
Trustee Dave Brooker questioned whether this area of line was inspected annually and stated, "I can't believe the overgrowth would grow up that fast."
Boneberg stated the area is scheduled for inspection next year, and that crews from Asplundh who recently viewed the area "couldn't tell where it had been trimmed the last time, the overgrowth was so incredible. My worry is that if we get a wet snow, we're done."
Mayor Mike Vande Velde expressed his concern about scheduling an outage while grape processing is currently underway and added he would like to give processors a heads up as soon as possible that the work would be taking place.
The board accepted the $27,800 bid from Nelson to begin the work with a utility shutdown to be scheduled, coordinated and advertised to the public.
Boneberg also presented to the board the availability of funds on hand from the village's membership to the IEP that would allow electric crews to continue through the village on all side streets with the changeover to L.E.D. lights from high pressure sodium lights.
In other matters, Westfield Recreation Director Venn Blakely reported a successful closing of the pool at Welch Field as of Sept. 1 and an easy transition into fall sports seasons.
Blakely acknowledged a generous donation from Stacy's Day Care that allowed for the purchase of Adirondack-style chairs at the pool, as well as a generous donation from Kim Underwood on behalf of the Class of 1983.
Mayor Vande Velde questioned Blakely how the combined recreation program for the summer between Brocton and Westfield went.
"Really well. Their staff was very supportive of our staff and the kids gave us the extra numbers to do some other activities and trips that we wouldn't have otherwise been able to do. It went very well," Blakely said.
Blakely added that the combination of programs also benefited youth since Brocton has specific programming aimed at younger children, and Westfield's program is typically designed for older youth.
"It was a nice arrangement with the combination of programs and we hope to consider it next year," Blakely added.