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Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Some news the PMUA is NOT sharing

Going over the numbers ... carefully.

The Plainfield Municipal Utilities Authority (PMUA) Fall 2013 newsletter arrived several days ago and contained some interesting news, but there seems to be some news the PMUA is NOT sharing.

Though noticeably thin on news, there was a story on educating about recycling with high-density customers (read: large apartment buildings and complexes), a writeup on the Environmental Fair and two-thirds of a page devoted to crediting its sponsors.

Noteworthy is the announcement that residents may now drop of leaves for FREE on Saturdays from now to December 28. The transfer station is open Saturdays from 8 AM to 2 PM and is located at 95 Rock Avenue. Customers must show proof of Plainfield residency. No commercial customers (i.e. lawn services). No brush. No trash. Leaves brought during the week will incur a charge.

The news that the PMUA is NOT sharing?

Word in the street is that since July, state investigators have been conducting a forensic audit of PMUA finances. While residents are angered by the $1 million payout engineered to former employees Eric Watson and David Ervin by commissioners Malcolm Dunn, Cecil Sanders and Alex Toliver, the buzz is that investigators are looking into allegations of long-term criminal activity involving purchases and contracts.

Seems one of the favorite nobbles was to order sets of tires -- allegedly for PMUA vehicles -- but then mount them on scamsters' own vehicles. Beginning at $1,000 or so per set, this can add up to a considerable bilking of the ratepayers.

Will there be a prosecution ... or just a report?

Stay tuned.

-- Dan Damon [follow]

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Anonymous said...

My vote is prosecution.

Anonymous said...

Thank you Alan Goldstein for all your hard work and persistence. You and others have uncovered many shady practices going on at the PMUA for years. I hope the new Mayor will see the contributions you and others have made and perhaps place you on as a PMUA Commissioner. Your character and diligence would be a refreshing change. Time to clean house and sweep the dirt out of the agency.