Sunday, October 3, 2010


"SHOT SPOTTER": At this point despite Dan Damon in his Plainfield Today Blog statement;
"Far from rendering this afternoon's citizen-driven community forum 'superfluous' as Olddoc suggests, the community will be well-advised to come out and hash out the issues the Robinson-Briggs administration's ill-thought-out proposal has raised, including not only the expense, but the effectiveness of the technology and whether there are alternatives to ShotSpotter® that could be considered." I still am of the opinion that the stated purpose of the meeting is moot.

No matter how the Administration will try (and it will) to reintroduce the program it will still need Council's approval. To unilaterally sign a contract as they have done with the radio station or years ago in an other ill-conceived information technology program. More over permission to apply for grants for purchase must also receive Council OK The answer is the Council must remain vigilant and at each election on candidates that will fulfill their fiduciary responsibilities be elected. That of course could be the bummer.

Better we should have a meaningful meeting devoted to what can and should be done to eliminate the basic problem of gangs and drugs that are at the root of the 4th ward anarchy. Norman Ortega's suggestion as posted on today's Plainfield Plaintalker II that consideration to demolishing and replacing the projects that are the loci of the problem is a good one. That has been done in many communities with apparent success. Newark within the past few years completely demolished large apartment developments to be replaced by conventional homes. Yes, provisions must be made for those who will be displaced.

It is a given that law enforcement presence is a prime necessity. No tool is of value if it is dependent on reactive action by a depleted police department.

I have repeatedly asserted that a prime need is adequate recreational programs. Without activity between school's end and "bedtime" gang membership becomes the only viable alternative. "Recreational activities" constitutes more than sports. For this funding will be needed. All other institutions that offer programs should make them available to the community and encourage their maximum use.

Rahway has built a Recreational complex, study of its pros and cons should be done by the newly created "Commission" if and when it is organized.

Any meeting if and when it takes place must focus on another root of the problem; the apparent dysfunctional Administration which goes off half baked on weird ideas. An administration that seems to believe that it is not bound by the Charter or State regulations; and gets away with it.

Focus must also be directed on the Council's willingness to stick to its fiduciary responsibilities. If there are questions raised in the audit they must be followed up. Once the Council has raised a question about any expense it must follow through to a solution no matter who may be involved.


  1. Olddoc, great play on words. Did you mean OZ or Ozymandias or both?

    "I met a traveller from an antique land
    Who said: "Two vast and trunkless legs of stone
    Stand in the desert. Near them on the sand,
    Half sunk, a shattered visage lies, whose frown
    And wrinkled lip and sneer of cold command
    Tell that its sculptor well those passions read
    Which yet survive, stamped on these lifeless things,
    The hand that mocked them and the heart that fed.
    And on the pedestal these words appear:
    `My name is Ozymandias, King of Kings:
    Look on my works, ye mighty, and despair!'
    Nothing beside remains. Round the decay
    Of that colossal wreck, boundless and bare,
    The lone and level sands stretch far away".

    I could substitute the name of a certain local politician for Ozymandias and it would still wring true.

    Ozymandias by Percy Bysshe Shelley
    PS: You get an extra point if you know who Shelly's wife was.
    PS2: And another extra point if you know who Shelley was referring to by the name of Ozymandias.

  2. Nat, I refer to the " Land of Oz", Shelley's poem has always been a favorite of mine. I can't answer your question about his wife because he had two. Hamet and Mary.

    Of course he was referring to Ramses II.

    I will post a picture that reminded me of the p[oem.

  3. It might "ring true," Nat, but not "wring true."

    Of course Doc has the answers. What would you expect?

  4. Per adequate recreational activities...Plainfield is penny-wise and pound foolish.
    Look at the North Avenue Block by the train station as glaring proof of that.

  5. Rob, Specific concern and suggestions please.