Thursday, January 8, 2015

COLD DAY BLOG



8 degrees last night; that is cold. That however is not why I am late in blogging today. Instead it is a matter of not organizing material or even having anything of local interest for comment.

I had to leave Monday night’s Council meeting early in the Public Commentary session and not only missed the obligatory musical episode but also former Mayor Robinson-Briggs tirade as well as that of Roland Muhammad. Please see Bernice’s Plaintalker II blog.

I too have received the same “Sharon absolvers” comments that Bernice has. The fact is that Plainfield’s financial controls for her two terms in office were nonexistent. The Green block on the Council have continuously  protected her and not only blocked any attempts to investigate any fiscal irregularities but even in the one attempt paid for her legal fees for her defense against the Council’s charges  against her.

If this Council truly has Plainfield’s interest as a priority it would fund without question any and all Investigative (Forensic) Audit.

Since there may be a real probability of finding fraud in several areas the chances of that happening is as good as that of a snowball in hell.

10 comments:

  1. Can the Plainfield citizens raise the money, hire a firm and ask the administration to conduct a forensic audit?

    Would there be a need for the council to approve anything?

    If not - hmmmm........

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  2. How about raising some money to help those in need, like the homeless in Plfd or park hotel instead of wasting it on the mayor 's Obsession with degrading the former administration.

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    1. How couls anyone degrade an administration that made no attempt to follow acceptable fiscal procedures? Is your concern that you too may be found to bne a party in some irregular fiscal activity?

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    2. To 2:22pm - Go ahead and raise money for them. No one is saying you cannot.

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  3. Until Jerry is gone there is no chance of seeing that forensic audit...

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  4. Sharon is now a sad nobody who wants to be somebody. She obviously believed that her actions in office would have no consequences. I'm glad they have and they should have even more negative impacts on her for her immoral behavior.

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  5. The proposed municipal forensic audit has multiple purposes. By uncloaking any errors and omissions it provides the ability to initiate methods to prevent repetition. Second, if there were illegalities it provides an opportunity to administer justice. Justice is the due of the people of Plainfield whose money may have been inappropriately diverted. Justice also serves as an deterrent to repetition
    In appropriating money for any purpose, whether within our own household, or the allocation of public funds, the issue of prioritization always arises. A current flagrant example is the proposal by PMUA Commissioner Dunn to spend $50,000 to $60,000 of PMUA funds to do a 10 year budget projection. Budget projections in industry are customarily made by the management of the company in question and are not farmed out to "Consultants". One would think. and appropriately so, that the hands on people within any organization should be more capable of performing the budget analysis than an outside "Consultant". Or, is there any particular reason why someone would want this lucrative assignment outsourced?
    If there was any validity to rejecting the forensic audit of Plainfield's finances, there is infinitely greater reason to reject the Dunn proposal. Bill Kruse

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  6. Mr. Kruse I have never agreed with anything you have said for the past 8 years, but I must say I agree whole heartily with your comments. I work for PMUA and that consultant firm Malcolm Dunn will be getting kick backs from them.

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    1. To my friend the anonymous replier.
      It is very gratifying to read your comment. Seriously, I respect your right to disagree with me and I would welcome a courteous mutually respectful discussion with the administration or commissioners. I worked for years in construction. We had some men working permanently full time. Because the volume of our business varied we hired additional men from the Union Halls as required. When our jobs wound down it was always heart breaking to lay off the men we no longer needed. Particularly those who had families and had done a commendable job. I know what it means when someone says something critical of your employer, and as a result you feel your job is threatened. The management of the PMUA, with the approval of the Commissioners, who spend huge sums on consultants, lawyers and give extraordinary unwarranted bonuses are the threats to your livelihood. My criticisms are intended to eliminate this waste, of which the proposed $60,000 is an example,r to make the PMUA organization competitive, acceptable to the public, and thereby preserve your and other god people's jobs. I have examined PMUA records. The amount of money they spend on real estate consultants, lawyers, financial consultants, etc.and in the past flying all over the country to attend so called "educational lectures" was, and is, outrageous. Some of this has been curtailed through concerned people's criticism. But there is a long way to go. You may not believe me but people like me may be your friends. Good luck, and thank you for the insight. If you have any proof of Mr. Dunn receiving kickbacks I encourage you to submit it, even if anonymously, to Mayor Mapp and the Union County Prosecutor. Bill Kruse

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  7. If the PMUA has a spare $50-60K of taxpayer money lying around, it should be used to fund a forensic audit of the City, which according to the City's Chief Financial Officer is very important to both understand what happened with the taxpayers' money when the City had no full-time financial oversight from 2007 to 2014 and so the mistakes from that period are not repeated in the future.

    And since the citizens of Plainfield are funding the PMUA and are financially responsible for the its debts, it makes sense to use its money to fund an important forensic audit of the City rather than wasting it on a consulting contract to do a 10 year PMUA budget projection, which the PMUA executives should be able to do themselves using in-house resources.

    Tom Kaercher

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