License Commission, Parks and Recreation among boards meeting Monday

Tin Bridge Brewing owners will seek a license alteration during the March 9, 2020 License Commission meeting to allow for an outdoor patio. (HOPE E. TREMBLAY/THE WESTFIELD NEWS)

WESTFIELD- March 9 will be a busy day at Westfield City Hall, with several municipal boards and commissions set to meet.

The Council on Aging will meet at 1 p.m. in room 201, during which the Highland Valley Elder Services report will be given by Jim Liptak and discussed by the Council. The Council on Aging will also review the Tax Work-Off guidelines. 

The Senior Citizen Tax Work-Off Abatement Program allows senior citizens to volunteer their services to the city or town in order to reduce up to $1,000 in their property taxes. The program offers seniors a reduction at a rate of $8.00 an hour of volunteer time.

The Police Commission will also meet in room 201 at 5:30 p.m. The Commission will largely focus on personnel decisions Monday evening. The first item on the agenda is to accept the resignation of Auxiliary Officer James Duperault. They will also discuss and vote on a new start date for Officer Thomas Pepek, who was originally expected to begin working on April 11. A new start date should be determined by academy availability.

The Police Commission will also conduct the annual appointment of Westfield’s Special Police Officers and recognize the retirement of Det. Roxann Bradley.

The License Commission will meet in the City Council Chambers at 6 p.m.. Two tabled public hearings are on the agenda. The first of the two will be for One Stop Convenience on North Road. Manager Nirah H. Patel will be requesting a seasonal all alcoholic Section 15 package store license for two rooms on the first floor of the building. 

The second tabled hearing will be for Quick Food on Southwick Road. Manager Ilaben S. Patel will be requesting the same Section 15 package store license for just a since room with a large cooler. 

A single new public hearing will take place for Tin Bridge Brewing Company on East Main Street. Manager Joseph Cocchi will be requesting an alteration of his premises to include a 1,300 square-foot outdoor patio at the brewery. Part of the request would be to also allow music to be played outdoors at the patio.

During the regular meeting for the License Commission, Amelia Park Children’s Museum will be requesting a Section 14 Malt only license for June 6, 2020 from noon to 5:00 p.m. for the annual Whip City Brew fest. 

The final major item for the License Commission will be an ABCC Hearing Decision regarding an alleged violation by the nightclub Rain on Elm Street. The nightclub has been accused of two counts of underaged possession of alcohol. 

The final scheduled meeting of the night Monday is the Parks and Recreation Commission at 6:30 p.m. in room 315. Notable agenda items for the meeting include a request by Nancy Stolpinski to purchase new windscreens as a gift for the Municipal Pickleball Courts. Joseph Delaney and American Legion Post 124 will also be seeking a permit for the Children’s Easter Egg Hunt at Parker Memorial Park on April 5. 

Bob Eak will also be present to request the approval of the commission to donate a new LED scoreboard to Bullen’s Field.

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