Although the town of Westphalia is quite small, it still benefits from a strong, supportive, progressive government. The governing body for the town of Westphalia is the Village Council, comprised of a president, clerk, treasurer, assessor, and trustees. There is also the Planning Commission, Board of Appeals, and Parks & Recs. overseeing various aspects of Westphalia. The president is elected, while the clerk, treasurer, and assessor are appointed to their positions.
The Village of Westphalia was incorporated in 1882, and saw it’s first blacktopped street in 1934 – almost 100 years after Westphalia was founded. In 1951 a municipal water system was built and twenty years later, a sanitary sewer system for the entire village was constructed. In 1973, the planning and zoning commission was created to oversee future development and growth of the village. By 1976, most of the streets in Westphalia were blacktopped. Westphalia’s water tower was built and completed between 1986 and 1987.
Westphalia has a welcoming, hometown atmosphere that includes restaurants, shops, and commercial businesses. Restaurants that draw locals – as well as those from surrounding areas – include Charlie’s Bar and Grill and Hailey’s Bar and Restaurant. Although the town is small, one can meet many of their needs locally. Westphalia enjoys the services of a dentist office, insurance agency, fitness center, several barber shops, milling company, several banks, many trusted, family-owned daycare facilities and the list goes on.