Mayor Cook expresses negative thoughts regarding Wood Wind vote

Westfield Mayor Andy Cook released the following statement just hours before the Westfield City Council met to vote on the Wood Wind Planned Unit Development rezone. The statement was posted on the City of Westfield’s Facebook page.

“The project has sparked numerous conversations among our residents, elected officials and staff. These discussions have helped lead the way in determining Westfield’s growth. As the months have gone by it has become all too clear to me that the Woodwind development is not what residents want for our community. I cannot support this development as I believe it is not in the best interest of our city. While I do not support the Woodwind development, it is up to the city councilors to make the final decision. As mayor, I do not have the power of veto on a rezone and I can only vote in the event of a tie among the city councilors. The city council has a big decision to make tonight and I encourage them to think of what their constituents want for Westfield’s future.”

The proposal was forwarded to the council from the plan commission with a positive recommendation after a 6-3 vote. The city council will vote at its meeting, scheduled for 7 p.m. May 8 at city hall, 130 Penn St.

This story will be updated.