As long as we are in Fairy Land, Baseball training camps open this week. We just had the Football Superbowl and the Hockey season has still months to go. March Madness (College Basketball) is still three weeks in the future, and there is about a foot of snow on the ground with more to come tomorrow.
BUT, we do live in a world of reality no dreams and wishes and innocence.
The Star Ledger finally recognized the existence of Plainfield with this weekend's local news blockbuster; the Mayor's suspension of Director of Public Affairs and Safety Martin Hellwig for three days as a "minor disciplinary action".
This is not an inconsequential action when it involves a top individual in the City's Administration. Since the Mayor initiated this action there had to be a serious infraction not a minor "improper use of a computer".
Hellwig is the third most important member of the Administration. This action undermines his prestige and authority not only to the two departments he oversees but to the community as a whole. If the "suspension" was hoped to be kept a secrete, once again the Mayor has miscalculated.
Any matter requiring disciplinary action by Mayor can not be "private", instead the public is entitled to an adequate explanation. If the recent vote of no confidence by the PBA,or the budget related actions relating to the Police Department are part of the precipitating determinant to merit such action once again points out the danger of a political appointee as head of the Police Department. Otherwise without knowledge of any city policy about private use of the city's computers there has to be a major misuse to even initiate a minor suspension.
Although the City site has no mention of any Council meetings for Feb., there was a notice in the CN 2/11/2010 of a Special Meeting on 2/16/2010 to adopt the budget as amended.
Other meetings of interest is the one "Community Fireside Chat"tomorrow night organized in part by BOE candidate Renata Hernandez, see her blog PEPTalk: Revisited,. I can not attend but should be of great interest.
We are still waiting for the shoe to drop on the Plainfield School System. My bet is that there may be a State takeover.