Westfield Town Council Meeting
Westfield residents are subjected to Town Administrator Jim Gildea having the last word during the Town Council meeting's public comment. Residents are not permitted to return to the microphone after they have spoken, to refute Gildea's lies with facts. Gildea waits for the speaker to finish and then he approaches the microphone to put his own twist/spin on issues to paint the position of the Town in a good light. The more umms and ahhs that spew from Gildea's mouth are a clear indication that he has no factual basis to back up his position which he attempts to support with lies bought by some. Jim surely can fool some of the people some of the time but he cant fool em' all.
Could someone please ask Westfield Town Administrator Jim Gildea how anyone video-taping a civilian crossing guard from a parked car approximately 150 feet away could interfere with the crossing guards job of crossing students, as he stated was the case?
Keep in mind that the crossing guard has his back to the camera, the video is being shot with a zoom lens from a parked motor vehicle approximately 150 feet away, and the guard has no idea that the video is being shot until after he or others see it posted on this website. In the video there are no students crossing the street. Does the shooting of this video appear to be interfering with the crossing guard doing his job....or in this case, doing what he is not supposed to be doing?
Once again, Jim Gildea states that the video taping interfered with the crossing guard doing his job crossing students. In the video posted here at TFoTM, the crossing guard is not crossing anyone except for waving motor vehicles through STOP signs. There are no students in sight.
Finally, ask Jim Gildea for the email response he states exists, from former police chief John Parizeau, detailing the legality of civilian crossing guards directing traffic. Jim Gildea described Parizeau's email response in such detail, as if Gildea wrote it himself, in his rebuttal to comments at tonight's town council meeting.
No such email exists. The only response ever received from Parizeau was an email expressing thanks for the information indicating he would look into the matter.
If Westfield Town Administrator Jim Gildea is going to attempt to defend the town's position on the matter of civilian crossing guards directing traffic 5 minutes before school lets out for the day and when there are no students anywhere near the intersection, please tell him he needs to get his facts straight.
When asked to provide the state law that authorizes civilian crossing guards to direct motor vehicle traffic in the absence of crossing students, Gildea couldn't produce the law. Instead, he begins to reference Title 40 and other state statute references without citing the actual law. TFoTM is surprised that a town administrator is not familiar with Title 40......sarcasm.
It was refreshing to hear another resident, that approached the microphone tonight, ask acting Mayor JoAnn Neylan when Mayor Skibitsky will respond to his groups request that Skibitsky join other Union County Mayors supporting tougher gun laws.
With all due respect to the grass roots effort in Westfield supporting tougher gun laws.........don't hold your breath waiting for a response from Skibitsky. TFoTM has been waiting for answers from Skibitsky.
Readers.............Don't hold your breath.