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									                      TOWN DIRECTORY
Town Supervisor                        Assessor
Greg Sydoriw                           Bernie Szarek      
Work - 853-8001 Ext. 1                 853-8001 Ext. 8
Home – 853-2887

Town Council                           Codes Enforcement Officer
Kenneth Eisnor - Deputy                Gary Schreppel
829-4490                               853-8001 Ext. 4

Hubert Pritchard                       Town Attorney
337-5566                               Gregory A. Mattacola
                                       217 N. Washington Street
David Husted                           Rome, New York 13442
Chuck Hebbard
                                       Town Justices
Parks & Recreation                     Steve Ossont
Greg Sydoriw                           Keith Bowers                853-4333
Work – 853-8001 Ext. 1
Home – 853-2887

Town Clerk                             Historical Society
Beverly Merriman                       Sharon Yager               337-4431
853-8001 Ext. 2

Highway Superintendent                 Water Superintendent
Buckey Eddy                            Ted Flint
853-8001 Ext. 3                        Work - 853-8001 Ext. 7
                                       Home – 853-1746

Building and Codes                     Dog Control Officer
Terry Williamson                       Sue Gardinier          363-0014
853-8001 Ext. 4

Reading Center                         Town Historian
Riley McFadden                         Nancy Pritchard     337-5566
853-8001 Ext. 5

Receiver of Taxes                      Planning Board Chair
Margery Mahanna                        Mark Crane
853-5346                               736-0998

ZBA Chair                              Westlanders (Seniors)
Gordon Reese                           Dorothy Howlett, President
336-9064                               829-3072

Spring is here, with summer around the corner. I hope everyone gets to enjoy a part of it. Since
the beginning of the year things are still happening in the town. Rising Stars Soccer enjoyed a
successful winter season as did Patrick Heating. Seymour’s Diner and Driving Range along with
Grandes Pizza are open for business.

In water news, the Westmoreland water district filtration building is under construction with
completion anticipated in late summer. Camelot Village is enjoying the benefit of water from
Rome. The interest for water in the northeastern part of the town has waned at this time due to
the cost of the project.

We have just received word that we have secured Grants from Senator Joe Griffo for $24,000 for
the rehabilitation of the Town Hall and Highway Garage and Assemblyman Dave Townsend for
$10,000 for improvements of the Town Park.

Since our last Newsletter we now have a new Town Attorney who started 1/1/2008. His name is
Greg Mattacola. Greg has been doing a superb job in all aspects of town related business.
Welcome aboard Greg.

As always, my office door is open to hear any of your concerns. I will continue to hold regular
office hours at the Town Hall as follows:
        Monday         1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
        Tuesday        7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
        Thursday       9:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon
        Other days by appointment

You can also reach me by phone at the Town Hall at 853-8001 Ext. 1, my home at 853-2887 or
e-mail Have a safe summer.


Hurrah, Spring has come!! The Town Clerk’s Office is open every day during a normal week.
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, I am open 9:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M. On Tuesday I
open at 9:00 A.M., close at 2:00 P.M., and reopen at 6:30 P.M. until 8:00 P.M.

I would like to let everyone know that the Town will be conducting a Dog Enumeration (Census)
commencing in June 2008. The Dog Control Officer, Sue Gardinier, will be conducting this
Enumeration. All dogs found unlicensed during the Enumeration will be charged an extra $5.00
when they are licensed.

Puppies are able to have the rabies vaccination at 3 months of age and New York State requires
that they be licensed at 4 months of age. The cost of a license is $4.00 for a neutered or spayed
dog or $15.00 for a dog which is un-neutered or un-spayed.

Please be aware that this office also issues marriage licenses, hunting and fishing licenses, and
has genealogical information on file.

Beverly Merriman, Town Clerk

Winter Hours                                 Summer Hours
Monday         2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.         Monday      1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Tuesday        6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.         Tuesday     5:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Wednesday      9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.        Wednesday 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon
Thursday       1:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.         Thursday    1:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Friday         2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.         Friday      CLOSED

Summer Reading Program for 2008 is “Catch the Reading Bug”, programs will be presented on
July 7th, 14th, 24th and 28th from 1:30 – 3:00 p.m. all are welcome, programs are free. For infor-
mation please contact the Reading Center at 853-8001 Ext. 5 or E-mail:

Respectfully submitted,
Riley McFadden


This winter the Historical Society has been sorting and organizing its many collections. The
Society holds a number of Westmoreland High School year books, however, we lack a few of the
books. If you should have a yearbook or other item relating to Westmoreland’s history that you
would like to donate, please contact a member of the Society or leave a message at 853-8001,
Ext. 230.

Recently, we received a number of historic postcards made by A.J. Manning, and a photo
showing Westmoreland during the early 1900’s. These items were donated by Charlie Chase.
The Society appreciates his generosity.

The May 1 meeting featured a program by Herbert Thorpe, a resident of Westmoreland. He told
us about his experiences while attending the Tuskegee Army Field School in Tuskegee, Alabama
during World War 11.

The Society hopes the public is enjoying the displays each month in the Town Hall. These have
included old photos of the Erie Canal, “Keeping Warm the Old Fashioned Way”, (old stoves),
“I Love Coffee, I Love Tea..” ( teapots and coffeepots). “Before Kleenex” (handkerchiefs) and
“Preserving and Canning”.

A committee has been formed to plan activities for school groups to enjoy while visiting the one-
room schoolhouse. Those serving on the committee are: Beverly Miller, Midge Best, Nancy
Pritchard, Sandy Rolewicz and Sharon Yager. The schoolhouse will be open in June to welcome
a few classes from the elementary school. In May the ARMS Committee and a local Girl Scout
Troop will be visiting the school. If your group would like to hold a meeting at the school,
please call the Society to make arrangements.

Local history books are available for purchase at the Society’s room. These include the
following: Westmoreland 200 Years, Around Utica, and History of Westmoreland.

The Historical Society meets the first Thursday of each month at 7:00 p.m.. The room is open
every Monday from 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. for research. New members are accepted anytime.
Come get involved in your community. Membership is only $3.00 per year for an individual
and $5.00 for a family.

Leon C. Smith, former Town Justice, retired 12/31/2007 after 20 years of dedicated service
to the Town of Westmoreland.
The Justice Court Staff wishes him a happy, healthy and relaxing retirement.
The Justice Court Staff would like to welcome our new Town Justice Keith D. Bowers.


I thought this edition I would go over what projects are required to have a building permit.
Actually it would be easier to tell you what doesn’t require a permit.

Basically everything you do to a structure should have a permit, be it inside or out. Some that
do not are re-roofing (but must have ice guard installed by code), siding/trim work, replacement
windows, except for bedrooms where you must meet the egress requirements (escape route in
case of fire). Storage sheds less than 100 sq. ft., but must be 10 feet from property lines. Fences,
with certain restrictions. Some repairs are not required to have permits, but it is best to call us
and inquire to make sure.

Porches and decks DO require permits. The lumber suppliers have changed the preservatives in
pressure treated lumber in the past few years and we have found that it is VERY important to use
the appropriate fasteners when building with treated lumber. There have been structural failures
as a result of the chemicals in the wood reacting with the fasteners and causing collapses of
decks. It is best to check with the supplier for the appropriate type of nails and screws to use.

A reminder that pools require permits and as of last year, also require alarm systems. In certain
cases above ground pools require fences if they are dug into a side hill and are less than 48” high.

Lastly, if you have any junk or disabled vehicles that you would like removed for free, please
call us. We have someone that will come and pick them up for you.

As always, if you have any questions feel free to call.

Have a great summer.
Terry Williamson


As we wind down the 2007-2008 winter season I would like to thank you for your patience. This
season was an unprecedented experience for us. The relentlessness of the winter weather put a
strain on our supply chain that was unlike anything we have ever experienced in the past. There
was s severe shortage of salt this winter but our supplier Cargill has insured us they have gone to
great measures to insure this won’t ever happen again.

We have started and will continue to pick up brush throughout the spring and summer. Please
remember to pile it neatly and all going one way.

We will be getting ready for paving projects starting in May.
If you have any questions, comments or suggestions, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Thank you
Carl “Buckey” Eddy
Highway Superintendent

The “Westlanders” continue to be active. We have attended two luncheons with entertainment,
 a Spring Fling Banquet, a Senior Citizens Breakfast at the middle school, an afternoon of Bingo
at the High School and will be attending the Senior Citizen Prom at the High School on May 31st
from 6:00 – 9:00 PM.

The school is very supportive of our Senior Group. As a small way of saying thanks, we have
taken on a project of collecting soup labels and the Box Tops for Education. Proceeds go to the
school to be used for equipment needed.

We are always open to welcome new members. If you are 55 or older and like to have fun and
socialize, give us a try. Meetings are held every Thursday at the Westmoreland Town Hall at
12:00 noon, but cards and fun start at 10:00 a.m. For more information you may call 829-3072.


Lowell VFD is working very hard to keep the service to the community with the members we
have. At this point, due to low numbers and lack of EMT’s, Westmoreland is responding with
us. We are looking for people to join our ranks to help out. Please contact us at 339-4629, leave
a message and we will get back to you with any information you would like.

We are still hosting our monthly Sunday Dinners. The schedule for the rest of 2008 is as
               October 5th    - Ham
               November 3 - Ham
               December 7th - Roast Beef

In the fall we will be having our annual Halloween Party for the children of the Lowell
community. In December we hope to have a Christmas party with Santa for the children.
Please feel free to join in the fun.

Mary Jo Jennings, LVFD Secretary


The Town Park is officially open for the year. The pavilion may be reserved by calling Linda
Talma at 853-8001 Ext. 1 between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 12:00 noon Monday – Friday.
There is no charge to use the pavilion but a $50 refundable deposit is required to reserve your
time slot.

The main softball field has received some upgrades which consist of new dugouts, fencing and
the addition of more brick dust to enhance the appearance of the field.

Electrical power is being brought to the main building and the pavillion to enhance the use of the

Summer fun in the town park will begin on Tuesday, July 1st and end on Thursday, August. 21st.
We will be doing activities Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

For questions call Supervisor/Recreation Director Greg Sydoriw at 853-8001 Ext. 1 or e-mail
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Supervisor                                      Westlanders Senior Meetings
Gregory Sydoriw                                 Every Thursday 12:00 noon
                                                Westmoreland Town Hall

Council Members                                 For clean up items that the town does not take,
Ken Eisnor                                      contact the Oneida-Herkimer Solid Waste Authority
Hubert Pritchard                                Utica Facility – Mon. – Fri. 8:00 am – 4:00 pm
David Husted                                                     Saturday - 8:00 am – 2:00 pm
Chuck Hebbard                                   Rome Facility – Mon. – Fri. 8:00 am – 4:00 pm
                                                                 Saturday - 8:00 am – 12:00 pm
                                                E-mail for specific questions
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Second Monday of the
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