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Monday, March 18, 2019

Mayor Mapp presents 2019 State of the City address Thursday

The annual "State of the City" address is set for Thursday.

Plainfield Mayor Adrian O. Mapp will present his annual "State of the City" (SOC) address Thursday evening (March 21).

Under Plainfield's special charter (Article 3, Section 4) --

He [the Mayor] shall annually report to the council and the public on the work of the previous year and on the condition and requirements of the city government...
For many years, the address was simply made by giving the Mayor the floor for a portion of a Council meeting and thus mimicked the President's annual message to the Congress.

But in recent years, the fashion has become for mayors deliver their addresses in a special venue and at a time separate from a City Council meeting (for example Newark Mayor Ras Baraka's recent SOC at NJPAC) and to couch it more as a report to the public.

(Those present will note that the Mayor faces the audience and not the Council when making the address, though technically -- as the charter states -- it is supposed to be addressed to them.)

In a flyer posted to the City's Facebook page, the address is billed with the heading "Smarter - Safer - Stronger" and promises that Mayor Mapp will "outline the successes and progress of the City of Plainfield in this 150th year of its incorporation, and share the vision for 2020 and beyond."

The event will be held in the Plainfield High School Auditorium and is slated to begin at 7:00 PM.

Note the change in venue. While the SOC has been delivered in the Senior Center Meeting Room on East Front Street, seating was always an issue when there was a large crowd -- not to say parking, which is difficult at best at that location.

The public is warmly invited.

Plainfield High School Auditorium is at the corner of Stelle and Park Avenues. Parking available on the street and in the Stelle and Kenyon Avenue lots. The auditorium is handicap accessible from a ramp at the Park Avenue entrance.

  -- Dan Damon [follow]

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