Saturday, June 11, 2011

SPECIAL MEETING 6/14/2011

Now that the mud-slinging silly season of the pre-Primary days have passed without any materialistic change in local politics we can settle down again to a diet of farcical interplay between the Mayor and Council.

Since I did not receive the same email as Bernice I am sure that the Mayor did call a Special Council Meeting as prescribed in the City Charter. There is a slight procedural problem; The Special; Meeting is called for at 7:30pm Tuesday June 14, 2011 the very same time the Council is suppose to open its Regularly Scheduled Agenda Setting Session and at the same venue. 

Which meeting takes precedence? I believe that the regular scheduled meeting shall unless notification is posted that its time is moved or in the meeting agenda there is notice that the Regular meeting will be adjourned at x hour to consider the subject matter of the Special Meeting.

Once again these are matters that should have been on the May Council Agenda.

I see one legitimate way to handle this if anyone is interested in proper procedures; The call for the Special meeting can be made for say 7:35pm or more realistic at 7:45pm. The agenda session can be convened and then by vote adjourned to consider the matter of the Special Meeting. The motion for adjournment must contain a time to reconvene.

All this nonsense could be adverted. I can not understand why there is a need for a special meeting. Unless Administration has done something that is not kosher, all four items could have been added to the agenda for Tuesday night's meeting to be voted upon in the regular order of business at the Council's regular meeting 9/20/2011.

The following four items of the Special meeting to be considered are and my comment to follow:
RESOLUTION TO APPROVE TRANSFERS BETWEEN FY 2011 APPROPRIATIONS OF THE GENERAL FUND OF THE CITY OF PLAINFIELD. This is probably to provide funds for several individuals who by law were to be terminated in May. This includes the Purchasing Officer whose continual employment the new CFO says is a necessity.

RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING THE MAYOR TO EXECUTE AN EMPLOYMENT CONTRACT WITH JERSEY PROFESSIONAL MANAGEMENT.
This makes legal the employment of a well qualified “Rent a City Administrator” for 90 days by charter.
If this individual has been working here his contract has to be retroactive.

RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING AN APPLICATION TO THE NEW JERSEY LOCAL FINANCE BOARD FOR REVERSION TO CALENDAR FISCAL YEAR PURSUANT TO N.J.S.A. 40A:4-3.2;
An item I queried the Council a month ago at the agenda or regular meeting. The move is a good one. The onus for the delay has to come from administration

4. FIRST READING AN ORDINANCE TO AMEND AND SUPPLEMENT CHAPTER 2, ADMINISTRATION, ARTICLE 10, BUDGET AND PURCHASING PROCEDURES, SECTION 2:10, REVERSION TO CALENDAR FISCAL YEAR
. The second reading will have to come at the July business meeting of the Council. I am not sure if the timetable will be upset. This too should have been on the table at the May meetings, to be approved June 20, 2011.

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