Tuesday, January 12, 2010

COUNCIL MEETING 1/11/10

I had seen the light last night at the Council meeting. Too bad it will be extinguished on Jan.31.
I am referring to Acting City Administrator Bibi Taylor's performance as City Administrator, not only her ability to answer all questions but the organized no nonsense presentation of facts and having all Department and or Division heads present to answer any questions the Councilors desired.

What a breath of fresh air after so many years of obfuscation and never "getting back to you later". It would seem so typical of Plainfield Politics that any individual well qualified and competent would not be retained, and will probably be replaced by another poetical hack. All verbosity and pomposity and no substance. I hope I am wrong, but past administration performances bodes ill.

Although all Seven Councilors were present for the preceding executive session once the public meeting started for whatever reason two disappeared. Is this an indication of the importance of one Agenda Setting Meeting a month. Hopefully the business meeting will be well attended.

The Acting Director of Public Works although not absent did not arrive until after all the business had been completed.

Interestingly the only money resolution that did not merit any discussion was:
Z5.. AUTHORIZE APPROVAL TO PURCHASE PERSONAL PROTECTIVE TURNOUT EQUIPMENT AND FIREFIGHTER EMERGENCY ESCAPE SYSTEM COMPONENTS WITH A GRANT AGREEMENT WITH THE FEDERAL EMERGENCY (FEMA) AND THE DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY IN AN AMOUNT NOT TO EXCEED $232,,960..00.. –DIRECTOR

At the Decemberr 15 meeting the City Administrator requested withdrawal of R 512-09, since it was to be rewritten at I thought was to be a savings. The resolution as on the Agenda read ;RESOLUTION APPROVING AUTHORIZATION FOR THE PURCHASE OF PROTECTIVE TURNOUT EQUIPMENT AND GEMTOR FIRE SAFETY HARNESSES FROM STATE LINE FIRE AND SAFETY INC., 50 PARK AVENUE, PARK RIDGE, NJ AN AUTHORIZE STATE VENDOR FOR THE PLAINFIELD FIRE DIVISION; EXPENDITURES SHALL NOT EXCEED $170,315.00 – DIRECTOR’S OFFICE (CORRESPONDENCE PREVIOUSLY SUBMITTED).

No mention was made as to why the reintroduced resolution showed an increased of $62,645.00. Unfortunately I did not have the actual wording of both versions for comparison.

Many of the resolutions to be acted upon were to comply with State financial regulations, and to remove a bookkeeping recurrent error on the annual financial Statement balances. May Taylor's successor also be well qualified.

The Cabinet and other appointments will probably the subject of next weeks meeting. Let us make sure the Administration and Council don't return to mediocracy and political favoritism.

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