Wednesday, October 10, 2012
COUNCIL (OZ) MEETING #2
I’ve already posted some of the important action Which Took Pl., Tuesday night at the Council meeting. There were other actions that merit reporting. Most important was the OZian atmosphere that marked the meeting capped by the circus at the end of the meeting.
Three residents of W. 3rd St. complained about the recent Carnival held on the city property; the playground at Plainfield Avenue and West third. Their complaints were director that cost of the rides and the actions of the Mayor. Since I was not at the site I cannot report and the veracity of their remarks which are worse listening to when the meeting is broadcast over the local TV station.
There are several to be answered questions about this affair. Who was organizing and promoting a carnival on city-owned property. The city solicitor said that this could be entirely an administrative function and did not need Council approval. However if memory serves rewrite when carnivals are circuses in the past the place in the city the Council did approve their presence. I
Many years ago as a member of the Plainfield Lions Club when examining fundraising events using circuses and/or carnivals I knew that it required a guarantee prepayment from the sponsoring agency. One of the three residents who spoke did remark that the manager of the carnival remarked that he had already been paid to appear.
Unanswered was who organized this event? Did as infered the administration plan and promote this event? If so was an appearance fee paid? If that occurred what was the amount; who approved of it and where to the funds come from?
When the public commentary session prior to action upon proposed resolutions took place the present President of the Senior Citizens group objected to the naming of the premise in honor of one former President. She noted that the entire group had voted that since so many other people had been actively committed to the ultimate establishment of a permanent facility it was felt that no one individual be selected for specific recognition. The group felt that the center should be unnamed but a plaque recognizing the contributions of all would be appropriate
George Gore spoke eloquently in favor of a desired “tree of life” that could list all involved individuals in those in the future.
Instead of tabling the resolution Council President Mapp offered an amendment that the plaque should be installed in the center honoring all the best individuals. The Senate would still be named in honor of Charles Louis Nelson.
The amendment was accepted as a resolution passed by a five to two vote; Councilor’s Reid and Greaves in opposition. At that point Mr. Gore in exasperation shouted from the floor vote against any member the Council who had approved this resolution specifically referred to Council President Mapp. He then left the chamber.
Once again there is a question of whether the Council is adhering to parliamentarian procedures. Both standard rules definers; Sturgis and Roberts note that the presiding officer cannot propose a motion [Sturgis page 164]. In extension, be it as it may, that should also apply to the offering of an amendment.