Wednesday, March 12, 2014
Eric Jackson’s two plus year’s Directorship of Public Works & Urban Development is perhaps the sole bright light of the eight year Sharon stewardship.
Since her overall track record in appointments left too much to be desired it is possible to surmise that Jerry Green had a strong involvement in Jackson coming to Plainfield. That is conjecture of course.
Although I hate to see Eric leave; I can only wish him success in his bid to be Trenton’s Mayor. Trenton now has a second chance to have extraordinary leadership in the Mayor’s office.
After 5 years of the city botching the plan to improve Plainfield’s streets Jackson in three years refurbished almost all the main problem roads.
There are, however, still some that I am familiar with. Leland Ave south of 7th Street has deteriorated rapidly in the past year. The Watchung openings which happened within days of the completion of the pavement are still not sealed and will breakdown within a few years.
Woodland Ave. which was repaved in the McWilliams administration is a disgrace of poor patches of openings and potholes near linear cracks. We will only have a fraction of the life expectancy of a heavy traffic street. This do not only to poor supervision of openings and lack of preventive maintenance such has tarring the linear cracks that appeared along the borders between pavement segments.
Will the present Administration devote sufficient funds in its budget to preserve our roads? Will this fractious Council accept those plans? What is the plan for street improvement in 2014? As we are approaching the beginning of the second quarter of the year and the new administration these are a few answers that we need.
Who is seeking and writing grant applications? Who is responsible that funds we are entitled to receive are correctly applied? Just a few of the questions that we are looking for answers from the new administration. There are about only 30 days of the honeymoon remaining.
There will have to be soon a new Director for Public Works anticipating Jackson’s complete involvement in his campaign and certainly if he assumes the office of Trenton’s Mayor.
When it comes to the choice of selecting a perhaps qualified local resident or a superior outsider let us pray that for Plainfield’s welfare that patronage does not prevail.