When Mayor Skibitsky was asked what has been done to improve the safety at the intersection of North Ave. & Tuttle Pkwy since Mayor Skibitsky's Traffic Safety Consulting Engineer Gordon Meth issued a report on July 26, 2005 stating the intersection has poor lighting, the Mayor had the proverbial "deer in headlights" look on his face.
The report, titled "TRAFFIC CALMING AND SAFETY IMPROVEMENTS FOR EIGHT (8) LOCATIONS," lists North Ave. & Tuttle Pkwy as a traffic/pedestrian "hot-spot."
Instead, Mayor Skibitsky came prepared with a statement to assassinate the character of the speaker instead of sticking to the facts as they are listed in his own expert's report.Unable to refute the facts, the Mayor once again attacked the messenger and not the message. This has become a common tactic employed by Mayor Skibitsky when he has no answer. His other modus operandi........silence. No doubt, fellow Town Council members will be recommending silence the next time the Mayor tries to "fudge" it.
Go to the following web link to read Westfield's Traffic Safety Consulting Engineer's report. The report was ontained by TFoTM and provided to Town Council candidate Matt Sontz upon request.
On page three (3) of the report, listed under "Traffic Facts" it states "Poor lighting (0.05-0.15 Foot Candles in crosswalk, versus 0.60 recommended) When this "Traffic Fact" was referred to, Mayor Skibitsky accused the speaker of reaching an all-time low and falsely accused the speaker of suggesting that the Town caused the tragic death of a woman last week. The Mayor must have been listening to the little red devil perched on his shoulder at the time because that is not what the speaker stated. Mayor next time pay attention and don't rudely interrupt.
The fact of the matter is, the Mayor's "expert" Gordon Meth, issued the report in 2005 listing both the intersection of North Ave. & Tuttle Pkwy and Central Ave. & Clover St. as hot spots. The speaker, before being interrupted by Mayor Skibitsky, had intended to ask the Mayor what has been done at either of these locations?
Why did the Town pay thousands of dollars to have an expert make recommendations detailed in the 2005 report, and then did not follow the recommendations of their own expert? The estimated cost of the project at North Ave. & Tuttle Pkwy.....$24,000.
TFoTM does not insist or accuse the Westfield Town Council of causing the untimely and tragic fatality that occurred last week. What TFoTM asks is, could this tragedy have been prevented?
The estimated cost of a human life.............PRICELESS.