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Sunday, April 20, 2014

Busy Plainfield week ahead


Continuing to work out what 'just and capable' means.

It's a busy week ahead for Plainfielders as the weather finally seems Spring-like.


Council President Bridget Rivers and Councilors Tracey Brown and Vera Greaes have called a town hall meeting to discuss the Liberty Village situation. Without a PILOT agreement in place by May1, it seems likely a deal to buy and refurbish the 96-unit complex will fall through. Councilor Storch reveals on his blog (see here) that Ms. Rivers was one of three Council members invited to meet with the purchaser's attorney a year ago in the Liberty Village Community Room, no less. This information makes the Council's resistance to the negotiated PILOT even more curious.

The meeting is set for 7:00 PM at Ruth Fellowship Ministries, 733 South Second Street (between Spooner and Grant). Ample parking available in the church lot.


City Council budget hearing. Up at bat will be Economic Development and Administration & Finance (including Health, IT, Media, Purchasing and Tax Assessor and Collector).

The hearing is at 7:00 PM in the Anne Louise Davis Meeting Room of the Plainfield Public Library, Park Avenue at West 8th Street.


Council budget hearings continue with the Mayor's office, Recreation and Inspections.

Also at 7:00 PM in the Library's ALD Meeting Room.


Mayor Mapp's Inaugural Ball will be held at the Stone House at Stirling Ridge in Warren. The event was rescheduled from its original February date on account of inclement weather. The event begins with a 6:00 PM VIP Reception, a 6:30 Reception and Dinner at 7:30 PM.


Plainfield's youth baseball season kicks off at the Rock Avenue complex. Under the leadership of the Mapp administration, the city's teams and the Queen City Baseball League have joined up -- at last.


The final Council budget meeting will include a report/presentation from the Citizens Budget Advisory Committee as well as Council comments. The entire budget process is expected to wrap up with a hearing at 8:00 PM on Monday, May 5 (a regularly scheduled agenda-setting session will start at 7:30 PM) at the Courthouse/Council Chambers at which Council amendments to the Administration's proposed budget will be taken up.

Exciting days ahead.

  -- Dan Damon [follow]

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Alan Goldstein said...

You left out the second community meeting for the Muhlenberg site study. It's scheduled for Thursday, April 24th at the Clinton School, at 7pm. The school is located at 1302 W. 4th Street. It's a very important meeting, both for the quality of life aspect, as well as for its key role in furthering economic development in the city.

Bob said...

Why is this Council President so willing to put obstacles in the way of progress and play games. Too many on this Council are senslessly obstructive. I've talked to dozens of voters in all wards who are tired of the games the "stooges" are playing. We the people will not allow it any more! Notice given!
Bob Bolmer

Anonymous said...

What about Muhlenberg planning meeting on Thursday, April 24?

Dottie Gutenkauf said...

Dan, you didn't mention the community meeting with the city's planning consultants--Thursday, April 24, 7 pm at Clinton School, 1304 West 4th Street. The final such meeting is Tuesday, April 29, 7 pm, at Emerson School, 305 Emerson Avenue.

These are important opportunities for the city's consultants to get the views of Plainfielders on the future of the Muhlenberg campus, and I urge all to attend.

Anonymous said...

This comment related to last week's budget meeting on police. Haven't heard much about the shotspotter program recently. From the start it seemed sunk by its failures, but government's love for failed programs is enduring. Has it been terminated or does it live on?

Anonymous said...

Hi Dan, you didn't include the meeting on Muhlenberg hosted by the Planners the city hired. That meeting is Thursday 4-24-14 at 7:00 at Clinton School, Clinton Ave Plfd.

Can you please post that information?

Thank you!