Monday, August 13, 2012
OLYMPICS OUT-COUNCIL IN
TGI CM (Council Monday) There may be enough material to post on Tuesday and Thursday in anticipation of the business meeting.
The next four months will be an indication if there is hope (choice) in Plainfield politics. The Mayor has once again submitted the same slate of appointees to PUMA. If this is placed on the Agenda for action and is approved we will have a true indication of the Councilors’ colors.
The Mayor is truly in a Win-Win position; if the Council accepts the slate she will have control of PMUA. Since the sitting Commissioners stay in office until a successor is chosen and the Council takes no action the mayor can let status quo stand and maintain her de facto control.
Should Councilor McWilliams submit her resignation the party can appoint a replacement to serve until the general election. Since the party candidate for the3 office would be the logical choice that will mean a premature shift in the Council status.
Once again we could have a recreation of the Gibson Rubber Stamp Councils and the 30 minute meetings. At best the outlook for the coming year is bleak.
The continued failure to fill vacant Board and Commissions post is perhaps another reason that the Charter needs revision. There should be a mandatory right for the Council to makes such appointments if after reasonable number of attempts by the Mayor fail to produce acceptable individuals.
It is most likely that unless there is unexpected intervention from the State; Plainfield’s deliberate disorganized government will benefit for at least the next 15 months.