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Thursday, May 30, 2013

Charter Study Commission interviews two Faulkner Act officials tonight


Plainfield's Charter Study Commission continues its study and discussion of options available to the City with two interviews at this evening's meeting, both from representatives of two Faulker Act communities.

James White, Township Administrator for the Township of East Brunswick will explain the operation of the Mayor-Council option available under the Faulkner Act. Christopher Raths, Township Administrator for Roxbury Township will discuss the Council-Manager option that is also available under the Faulkner Act. You may learn more about East Brunswick here, and Roxbury Township here.

The Mayor-Council form (sometimes called the 'strong mayor option') most closely resembles Plainfield special charter. Under the Council-Manager form, the Manager is the rue executive for the municipal government, while the Mayor is primarily a ceremonial office and presides over the council meetings.

Last week, Dr. Ernest Reock, New Jersey's go-to guy on forms of local government gave a fascinating overview of the history of development of local government in New Jersey and a brief summary of the many choices of recommendations available to the Charter Study Commission.

Working toward a proposed submission of the final report by early August, the CSC will wind up its interviews within the next couple of weeks, to be followed by a Public Hearing to gather input from residents and then enter the final phase of deliberations and drafting the Commission's report.

Tonight's meeting gets under way at 7:30 PM in the City Hall Library, 515 Watchung Avenue. Parking and entrance in the rear. The public is most welcome and will have opportunities to ask questions of the interviewees as well as make general comments.

-- Dan Damon [follow]

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Pat Turner Kavanaugh said...

I think our Mayor would be splendid at ceremonial duties. Does Adrian do ribbon-cuttings with dash and verve? Oh, yeah, I can't vote in the Democratic Primary....