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Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Stop sign flashers, skate park draw comments

The proposal is to convert a parking area at West 2nd Street
and Central Avenue into a skate park. The Madison Avenue
Playground occupies the other end of the block.

A sparsely attended special Plainfield City Council Monday evening saw public comment on only two points, and unanimously adopted all 26 resolutions and two ordinances on first reading.

It was a bare-bones evening on the dais side too, with Councilors Tracey Brown, Bridget Rivers Gloria Taylor not in attendance. Council President Cory Storch phoned in for the beginning of the meeting and arrived in person at 7:21 PM, which meant Councilor Rebecca Williams served as president pro-tem for about fifteen minutes.

Councilor Barry Goode served as chair pro-tem in the absence of Councilor Taylor.

Residents David Graves and Lamar Mackson were the only two to speak on resolutions on the agenda, and both commented on resolutions concerning a proposed skate park and LED flashers at the city's ten 4-way stop intersections.

Graves felt the proposed location of the skate park was dangerous and too small, saying there were larger locations that could be considered (though he did not specify any).

Mackson was excited about the prospect of a skate park, but said $15,000 was "insufficient" for construction. He evidently misunderstood the resolution, which provided $15,000 for DESIGN. Later in the meeting, Director of Administration and Finance Ron West responded that the total projected construction cost was estimated at $250,000, the funds to be drawn from the Open Space Fund council established last year.

On the matter of the LED flashers, Graves objected that they would be an annoyance as his home is right on one of the corners. Mackson, whose corner on Central Avenue has a blinking light, seemed skeptical that the flashers would make a difference, saying accidents at his corner often involve vehicles ending up on his front lawn.

In other business, Cassandra Corbett, Esq., was appointed as an additional municipal court judge to fill out the remaining term of Harold Fullilove, Jr. She was sworn in by Municipal Clerk 'AJ' Jalloh after the meeting was adjourned.

Council also unanimously approved the appointment of Nancy Jordan and Kelly Shaw to the newly revived Plainfield Youth Commission.

The Council will apparently schedule another double-header meeting for August.

  -- Dan Damon [follow]

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