Town of Westfield
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Town Government

 

Town Board : Martha Bills, Supervisor | 326-3211

Town Clerk : Timothy C. Smith |326-3211

Highway Department : David Babcock | 326-3014

Building / Zoning Code : Jim Pacanowski | 326-4401

Assessor : Bonnie Rae Strickland | 326-3220

Bookkeeper / Tax Collector : Donna Sanderson | 326-3211

Town Court : Kathleen Alexander | 326-6255

Town Pier : Kelly Brown | 326-6633

Transfer Station : Timothy C. Smith | 326-3211

Dog Control Officer : Chuck Raynor | 753-6431

 

Town Board

Martha R. Bills, Supervisor

Raymond Schuster, Deputy Supervisor
Dr. David S. Brown
James Herbert
David Spann

Town Ofificials and BoardShown left to right: Jim Herbert, Town Board Member; Tim Smith, Town Clerk; David Babcock, Highway Superintendent; Martha Bills, Town Supervisor; David Spann, Town Board Member; Ray Schuster, Deputy Supervisor; and David Brown, Town Board Member.

The Town Government is run by the Town Board as the Executive, Administrative and Legislative body of the Town. All meetings are open to the public and citizens are encouraged to attend.
Meetings: first Wednesday of every month, 7:30 p.m.

Planning Board
Timothy Smith, Chairman
Amy Gregory
Phil Riedesel
Diana Hamann
Chad Schofield
John Hemmer (Alt.)
Meetings: third Wednesday of every month, 4:00 p.m.

Zoning Board of Appeals
Wayne Harrington, Chairman
Abbie Cardy
Linda Wolfe
Will Northrop
Bradley Szymczak
Meetings: as needed

Office of the Town Clerk

Timothy C. Smith

The office of the Town Clerk is the nerve center of Town Government. This office performs such tasks as: preparing minutes of all Town Board meetings, issuing marriage, fishing, hunting and dog licenses, operating as the Registrar of Vital Statistics (birth, death and marriage records), issuing transfer tags, managing town records, issuing handicapped parking permits, responding to FOIL requests, acting as a Notary Public. This is a two-year elected position.

Hours of Operation: 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Town Clerk: Timothy C. Smith
Address: 23 Elm Street Westfield, NY  14787
Phone: 716-326-3211
Fax: 716-326-3611
Email: tim@townofwestfield.org

Highway Department

David Babcock

The Town Highway Department is located on Chestnut Street in the Village of Westfield. The Highway Superintendent is an elected official (two year) with duties defined by New York State Highway Law. This department is responsible for the maintenance of 54.3 miles of road in the Town of Westfield. This includes snow removal, maintenance of roads and Town right-of-ways, and replacement of culverts and bridges.

Highway Superintendent: David Babcock
Address: Chestnut Street Westfield, NY  14787
Phone: 7l6-326-3014

Building Inspector – Code Enforcement

Jim Pacanowski

The Building Inspector for the Town of Westfield issues building permits for various types of structures. This includes new construction, additions, alterations or demolition, swimming pools, signs, storage sheds, fences and decks. A building permit should be acquired before the commencement of any project. State and local standards and specifications apply to any building construction within the Town. The Building Inspector also received complaints, makes investigations, and takes appropriate action concerning the enforcement of the building and zoning codes of the Town. It is his duty to review building plans, issue permits, inspect construction as it progresses, conducts fire inspections and makes recommendations concerning unsafe structures to assure safety and protection. 

Hours of Operation: Monday, Wednesday, Friday, 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Building/Code Enforcement Officer: Jim Pacanowski
Address: 23 Elm Street Westfield, NY  14787
Phone: 716-326-4401

Assessor’s Office, Town (and Village) of Westfield

BonnieRae Strickland

It is the responsibility of the Assessor to place fair and equitable assessments on each of the 4,200 parcels within the Town of Westfield. The Assessor records property sale transactions and administers exemption programs for senior citizens, veterans, agricultural, commercial and industrial properties.

Assessment information is available to the public during regular office hours or by using the Chautauqua County website listed below.

http://www.chautauquagis.com/

http://www.co.chautauqua.ny.us/departments/tax/Pages/default.aspx

or at the New York State website:

www.tax.ny.gov/pit/property/default.htm

 

Assessment Activities Calendar
November 1 through March 1: Exemption Application Time Frame
March 1: Deadline for Exemption Applications; Taxable Status Date
May 1: Tentative Assessment Roll Filed
Fourth Tuesday in May: Board of Assessment Review Meets
July 1: Final Assessment Roll Filed

Hours of Operation: Monday - Thursday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Assessor: Bonnie Rae Strickland
Address: 23 Elm Street Westfield, NY  14787
Phone: 716-326-3220
Fax: 7l6-326-3611
Email: assessor@townofwestfield.org

Tax Collection

Donna Sanderson

The Town of Westfield offices collect Town and County taxes and also the School taxes.  Tax bills are printed at the County offices and mailed by the Town to Town residents. Town and County tax bills are mailed out in early January and are collected over a three month period. School taxes are mailed in early September and are collected for two months. Questions regarding the information contained on the tax bills may be addressed to the Town tax collector. Hours of collection are:  9:00 a.m. to 4:00 pm. during the tax season. See link on home page for specific tax information.

Tax Collector: Donna Sanderson
Address: 23 Elm Street Westfield, NY  14787
Phone: 716-326-3211
Fax: 716-326-3611
Email: donna@townofwestfield.org

Town Court  

The Town Justice Court is administered by two Justices, who rule on a wide variety of matters both civil and criminal, including traffic violations and small claims.   

Town Justices: James Spann Jr., Jerry LaPorte
Court Clerk: Kathleen Alexander
Court Hours: Monday evenings at 7:30 p.m. in Eason Hall, 23 Elm Street
Court Clerk’s Hours: 12:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Phone: 716-326-6255
Fax: 716-326-6281

Barcelona Harbor

The Town of Westfield owns property on Lake Erie which includes the Daniel Reed Pier, a cottage used as an information center and a small beach (where no swimming is allowed at present time). The Harbor Master’s office sells fishing licenses, season passes and daily launch tickets and opens at daybreak from May 1 to September 15. The site includes picnic tables and boat launch facilities. There is a buoy field also owned by the Town, that allows individuals to moor their boat in the harbor area (for an annual fee).  The pier is located on Rt. 5 just east of the intersection of Rt. 394 & Rt. 5. 

Hours of Operation: Daybreak to 7:00 p.m.
Harbor Master: Kelly Brown 
Phone: 716-326-6633
Email: pier@townofwestfield.org

Transfer Station

The Town of Westfield operates a Transfer Station on Bourne Street in the Village of Westfield for residents of the Town to dispose of garbage and recyclables. Transfer Station punch tickets may be purchased at the Town Clerk’s office or at the Transfer Station site. The cost is $20 and includes 25 punches. Tickets may only be purchased by Town or Village residents. All trash, refuse, garbage and solid waste brought to the site shall conform to the County regulations in order to be accepted for disposal.  Items not accepted are:

  • Electronics (i.e. TVs, Computer Monitors, CPUs, stereos, cell phones, game consoles, etc.)
  • Untreated medical waste
  • Radioactive materials (i.e. Ionizing Smoke detectors)
  • Any liquid waste (paints, solvents, & thinners)
  • Hazardous materials (i.e. ignitable, reactive, corrosive or toxic)
  • Universal wastes (i.e. batteries, pesticides, fluorescent bulbs, mercury containing devices)
  • Yard waste, trees, brush, or grass
  • Tires
  • Large appliances (i.e. stoves, refrigerators, hot water tanks)

The station attendant will punch one hole for each 33 gallon container. Recyclables will not be punched, but you must have a ticket to bring them to the site. 

Hours of Operation: Saturdays, 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Questions and Information: 7l6-326-3211

Dog Licensing and Dog Control

Every dog, owned or harbored in New York State for longer than 30 days must be licensed in the town, city, or village where the dog is being harbored. Town and Village of Westfield residents may apply for and renew a dog license at the office of the Town Clerk in Eason Hall. Owners will need:

  • A certificate from a licensed veterinarian showing that the dog has been spayed or neutered, unless this proof is already on file with the clerk;
  • Dogs three months or older must have proof of a rabies vaccination signed by a licensed veterinarian or a certificate stating why the life of the dog would be endangered by the vaccine
  • License fees are $5.00 for a spayed or neutered dog & $13.00 if not spayed or neutered.

If you have questions about dog licensing, please contact the Town Clerk at 326-3211. Anyone having another type of  issue concerning dogs (i.e. possible maltreatment, dog at-large, potential dangerous dog, etc.) within the Town or Village, you are asked to contact Chuck Raynor (Dog Control Officer) at 753-6431.