Despite what appears to be less of an impact by the storm, on Westfield, town officials are preparing for a direct hit. In fact, they've been preparing for 3 years ever since Super Storm Sandy left parts of town without power for more than a week.
Westfield Police Chief David Wayman has been assembling a motor pool of military vehicles that could defend some small countries from not only a natural disaster, but from a military attack.
In the event Westfield is the victim of a tidal surge never seen before by the town, Chief Wayman has two military assault boats that have been sitting idle at the Westfield Armory on Rahway Ave. for over a year. These boats were obtained through the Department of Defense's 1033 program, which Congress passed in 1997. Initially, the program was aimed to give surplus military equipment for police use in counter-narcotic and counter-terrorism situations. So, if El Chapo or Al Queda infiltrates Westfield's town borders, Chief Wayman has us protected.
Although the police department didn't pay for the equipment and vehicles obtained through the government program including a crane, bulldozer, humvees, and troop transport carriers, tax payers do foot the bill for the shipment of the vehicles to Westfield and the storage and maintenance costs. These costs have burdened the Westfield taxpayer with thousands of dollars each time a delivery is made. Mayor Skibitsky and Westfield Town Council members have approved of these costly acquisitions.
tidal surge of epic proportions require a search and rescue mission by Chief Wayman and his department on the waters of Mindowaskin Pond, Tamaques Pond, Brightwood Pond, and/or Gregory's Pond, be rest assured that the military assault boats which appear to be propelled by 50-75 horsepower engines will no doubt complete a successful mission.
Then again, you never know whether or not Hoboken will send out a distress call for our help.. Hoboken, the city that Councilman Arena has claimed Westfield has a shared services agreement with.
A search of public records revealed no such agreement and handshakes with Hoboken's parking director John Morgan (former Westfield parking director) are not recognized as an official shared services agreement.