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Tuesday, December 11, 2012

PMUA Board, Charter Study Commission meetings tonight

Two meetings of interest to Plainfielders tonight --


The Commissioners have scheduled a meeting for 6:00 PM this evening at PMUA Headquarters, 127 Roosevelt Avenue (corner of East 2nd Street).

I can find no agenda for tonight's meeting online.

The 2013 Solid Waster and Sewer budgets were introduced at a special meeting held at 10:00 AM November 20. You will note that was a weekday morning -- not exactly user-friendly. The public notice for that special meeting is online here, and appeared in the Ledger's November 19 edition. Not a whole lot of sunlight going on here.

The rate hearing for the 2013 rates is scheduled for Thursday, December 27, also 6:00 PM at PMUA Headquarters. The online notice is here, but it beats me how to interpret the 'correction' in rates the notice speaks of since the ad simply prints them both without identifying which is which.

Visitors to the agency's website (see here) will find it has undergone a quirky makeover. The page width is set unusually wide, meaning users have to scroll left to right to see both the rotating news/announcements and the home page. I find the menus across the top of the page nearly unworkable -- the options disappear when you try to move the mouse over the menu. These are improvements?


Plainfield's newly elected Charter Study Commission holds its organizational meeting tonight at 7:00 PM in the City Hall Library.

The five duly elected members will be sworn in. The Commission will organize itself with the election of a chair and other officers, the setting of a meeting schedule, and the adoption of rules of order.

I have been told that Ernest Reock has been invited as a special guest. Reock, whose nickname is 'Mr. State Government', is the state's expert on all manner of local government minutiae -- including charter study commissions. (You can read more about Reock here and here.)

Plainfield is one of three New Jersey communities currently undertaking charter studies. The other two are Springfield (more here) and Asbury Park (more here). In addition, Cranford is also considering undertaking a charter study (more here).

-- Dan Damon [follow]

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Anonymous said...

You can find tonight's Charter Study Commission Agenda below for those who are interested. There also will be hard copies available at tonight's meeting.

City of Plainfield, New Jersey
Charter Study Commission

Agenda for Organization Meeting of December 11, 2012, 7:00 p.m.
Plainfield City Hall Library

1. Swearing in of Charter Study Commissioners Rick Smiley, Mary Burgwinkle, John Stewart, Jeanette Criscione and Marie Davis

2. Call meeting to order, Pledge of Allegiance

3. Read Open Public Meeting Act Compliance Statement

4. Brief Introduction of Commission Members

5. Adopt Charter Commission Bylaws

6. Nomination of Officers, Election of Officers

7. Discussion of Charter Study Commission process

8. Announce place and time of work planning meeting, work assignments to Commissioners

9. Public Participation

10. Motion to adjourn

John Stewart, Jr.

Anonymous said...

Hi Dan,

Just some helpful FYI - their meeting agenda had been posted online for while now as a downloadable pdf. Plaintalker II also shared the link. Try checking your browser and screen resolution settings for viewing the website. If your browser and or java isnt up to date, or the window magnification is at more than 100%, these may be contributing factors to the difficulty viewing the site. If all else fails, you can always give them a call to troubleshoot whatever issue(s) you're having - if you havent contacted them already that is.