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Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Labor Day chit-chat turns to Plainfield politics

Even Magic 8 Ball has questions.

Chit-chat at an annual Plainfield
Labor Day party ricocheted between outrage and puzzlement.

In the large group, a mix of folks active in many community organizations but not particularly involved in city politics, talk shifted back and forth between outrage at the Council's blocking of a PILOT for the proposed South Avenue residential project and bewilderment at rumors the Planning Division is to be laid off and its functions outsourced.

Ideas of what was behind the Council's blocking of the PILOT ranged from suspected personal venality to a failed quid pro quo over giving away city parking lots to suspected machinations by an important, now somewhat sidelined, figure.

Could all three be true?

On the other hand, there was widespread bewilderment over the rumored shuttering of the Planning Division.

"I don't get it," one person said, "these people [Planning employees] appear to have been on the side of the angels throughout the Robinson-Briggs administration and now they're going to be cashiered? Why? The public isn't complaining about their expense or their performance. Where is this coming from?"

Great questions all, deserving of answers.

  -- Dan Damon [follow]

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