Westfield — More than six months after the city’s flood control commission was disbanded, last week the mayor called for the change to be codified in city ordinances, but Westfield councilors debate whether to reverse it instead Go
Mayor Michael McCabe sent a request that the council change city ordinances to remove the flood control commission and transfer its duties to the city’s engineering department, which will reflect the actual lines of authority through July 2022, when five volunteer The commissioners retired and their duties were absorbed. By Municipal Public Works Department
At the February 2 council meeting, however, former councilor Mary Ann Babinski asked councilors to reconsider the plan. He said that public monitoring is necessary on flood control. He noted that when the Westfield Municipal Preparedness Plan was completed in 2020, stakeholders identified major flooding, localized flooding, culvert failure and dam failure as top concerns, and protecting homes and business as a high priority Did.