The final Town Hall meeting sponsored by the Plainfield City Council takes place this evening at Clinton Elementary School.
Conceived as a means of getting input from residents and taxpayers on issues of concern to the community, they have been invaluable as a means for residents to speak out without the formal constraints that hold during regular Council meetings -- plus giving an opportunity for back-and-forth with Councilors.
While they have been held in each of the city's four wards (at Emerson, Cook and Cedarbrook Schools), they are meant to be opportunities for anyone from the community to come out and share concerns. As I said in previous posts on the meetings --
While the meetings are being held in each ward over a period of several weeks in the hopes that those interested will find a neighborhood location convenient, all the meetings are open to all regardless of residence and everyone is encouraged to find one at a convenient time and place to participate.In fact, each has had representation from all across the city, and the same is expected for this evening's meeting.
I take issue with the anonymous commenter who has posted an anti-McWilliams whine on both Olddoc's blog and on Plainfield Today.
Here are the comments on Doc's Potpourri (see here) --
Good Afternoon,and on Plainfield Today (see here) --
I just find it so hard to believe that you have to always bash the Mayor of this great city of Plainfield. When are you going to get out there and help with the real issues in Plainfield and that is the CRIME. I sat in the back of the room last night and watch the Mayor and the Council President fight Plainfield will never grow as long as this mess continues. As I go to the meetings every month Council President have made announcements during and before they closed out the meetings about the town hall meetings that were going to take place not one time dide she mention the $th Ward town hall meeting. I know she could care less but she should not show her discrimination against the residents of the 4th Ward. This is the last town hall meeting and she downplayed the meeting as if we the residents issues did ntot count. Wow this is so not fair. We have so much crime shootings killings and the rest of the council could care less. We defiantly need a change on the council.
I am guessing the two comments are by the same person, and they sound suspiciously like the whine by the Third Place resident who -- yet again -- issued the 'WHAT ARE YOU DOING TO PLEASE ME' challenge to Council President Annie McWilliams at Monday's meeting.
Heartbroken that the Council and the Mayor can't get along? I have three words for the commenter: Get over it!
To anyone who knows anything about American history -- let alone Plainfield history -- this is how things get done. Some folks are trying to pull the wagon forward and some are trying to hold it back. It's a struggle. And that is why it is so halting.
The comment on Plainfield Today suggests this person has been an observer who only this year has pulled themself out of the Barcalounger to come out and see what goes on in the real world.
The real question is not whether Council President McWilliams made mention of the meeting on Monday evening. The real question is what the commenter is doing to make sure people come out tonight.
I'll be there, as I have at all the others.
Wedesday · May 11 · 7:00 PM
West 4th Street at Clinton Avenue
Parking in the school lot or on the street.
- Doc's Potpourri: "May Council Meeting #2"
- Plainfield Today: "Mayor's manage-by-surprise style highlighted"