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Wednesday, February 15, 2012

PMUA reorganizes, barely

Unexpectedly held over, last year's Plainfield Municipal Utilities Authority (PMUA) board of commissioners reorganized last night, even as it was clear that the positions were probably going to change if the Council takes up Mayor Robinson-Briggs' latest round of appointments next month.

Harold Mitchell, former mayor, councilor and PMUA chairperson was elected once again. The vice chair's seat could not be filled as Commissioner Malcolm R. Dunn, also a former councilor failed to garner the needed three votes.

Less controversially, Carol Brokaw was voted secretary, even as she acknowledged she expected she would be replaced soon, and Alex Toliver was voted treasurer.

One alarmingly little detail may be an augur of things to come.

While passing the routine resolution designating the Courier News as the PMUA's newspaper of record, I could swear I distinctly heard Commissioners Brown and Dunn vote 'no'. Unusual, but that is their prerogative.

A short while later, Commissioner Dunn insisted that he wanted to 'change' his vote to a 'no', which the chair allowed.

Now, in an adult organization, one would expect that one casts one's vote with due deliberation, with the understanding it is being carved in stone.

It is alarming that Commissioner Dunn thinks one can simply ask to have one's vote changed -- after the roll was taken and the meeting had moved on.

This does not bode well.

I had to leave before the fireworks of the public portion of the meeting, for which you will have to read Bernice's excellent coverage here.

-- Dan Damon [follow]

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Anonymous said...

If the President of the United States can be impeached, what can be done to rid the PMUA Board of Commissioners Dunn and Sanders? They are already in line to get a piece of the settlement awarded Watson and Ervin. They have coerced other Commissioners into voting their way - or being absent so that they get their way. They voted against extending the contract of Mr. Young who has achieved more since July than Watson and Ervin did in 15 years. They are an embarrassment and the City Council should be ashamed of themselves for appointing them. When will Plainfielders be relieved of suffering imbeciles?