Tuesday, March 24, 2015

THAT DEMOLITION




Some thoughts about Monday’s fiasco.

What happened can be directly laid upon BOTH the Administration and Council.

Administration although calling for a Special Meeting did not inform the Council beforehand the reason for the meeting. Moreover the action that was to be approved was accomplished two days before. Council was being presented with a “fait accompli” in the anticipation of acceptance of the fact.

Administration did not release any details to members of the public until 90 minutes before the meeting via email. This 17 page document is incomplete; the All Action Demolition proposal which was dated 3/4/15 does not include the invoice,we have only Watson’s word. Yates proposal is dated 3/17/15 and there is no mention of qualifications, insurance coverage except a vague documentation about a binder a day later with out contents.

There can be no doubt that Yates’ proposal was after AAD’s was received and made public. Supposedly 6 contractors were contacted, but Watson did not name them or when they were contacted. If AAD submitted a proposal on 3/4/15 that meant that the emergency existed at that time.

City Administrator Smiley could not answer questions about the process of selection, or why the delay from the 1/6/15 “notification of imminent hazard” on the need to demolish the building or Remington & Vernick’s 2/2/15 that the structure is “beyond repair and in imminent danger of collapse”. Or why the Historic Preservation Committee had not been notified and why the Planning Board Director had not received State approval until the day before the demolition took place?

Neither Watson nor Smiley gave satisfactory to questions from the public or the Councilors, except noting that Yates did not have a contract when the demolition took place but were acting on their proposal. I am sure one responsible in Administration ever saw an insurance policy or even a clause holding the city not responsible in case of accident in the proposal or the not completed contract.

There are too many unanswered questions or unacceptable answers from Administration’

On the other hand Council and Council President Rivers despite justifiable complaints decided to turn this into a political issue. Despite Alan Goldstein’s suggestion that they table action for at least a week so they could get an understanding of the circumstances; Rivers, Brown, Taylor, and Tolliver voted to not approve of the resolution declaring the emergency. This would have validated the demolition. Instead Council burned its bridges for political reasons. Greaves was proper in Abstaining.

The non-approval of allocating money for the demolition and the employment of Yates were properly defeated with only Williams voting yes.

But Rivers went further and demonstrated her agenda by suggesting that the Council pass a resolution to hire their own attorney to investigate why Yates was given the Job. She was informed by the AJ the City Clerk that a special meeting had to be limited to the stated agenda.

Rivers comments were that the Council had hired its own attorney several years ago to investigate the spending of $25000 (verbally corrected by former Mayor Robinson-Briggs to $20000.00) on a meeting about Crime.

The fact that Rivers was comparing a horse with a donkey was immaterial; the question at that time had been the legitimacy of the Mayor’s using illegally funds designated specifically for another purpose without Council’s approval. No one on this Council raised the question why the previous administration in 2012/13 did not take action on this building, or why the present administration had waited so long.

23 comments:

  1. Doc I must say this is just wrong of you to try to cover up this mess and try to blame the council on this one. There is an entire laundry list of issues that Mayor Mapp did while he was the council President.

    He tried to make Mayor Robinson-Briggs administration look incompetent and he fooled the residents of this great city of Plainfield.

    This is a mess in a big way. He hired Eric Watson to do the same thing that Eric did when he was at the PMUA, ROB the residents of this city.

    It's just a shame that you guys want to put the blinders on when Mayor Mapp have made a mess of this city in just 1 year/4 months in.

    You just sit back and watch what is getting ready to happen. I work for the city and I see the writing on the wall.

    My opinion is that Mayor Mapp, Eric Watson, and other's were going to benefit from this. There is no way your going to hire a real-estate company to hire a demolishing company.

    I want to see the contract and I guarantee you on thing this real-estate company will probably be making more money then the company that is doing the work.

    Renee

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    1. Renee & 11:20,11:50 annons; I am not just blaming the Council, if you read my blog I state that both have a hand in the fiasco; the Administration's which I have gone into detail smells like ripe Limbarger Cheese. The Council has elected to make this a political issue as they have done for the past 18 months. Their action could have been postponed for a week while they studied thae facts,but instead they have place the City in a position of being responsible for the demolition and the damages. There is no question that an investigation into the actions of Public Works, the City Administrator and yes the Mayor from the date of the 1/6/15 notification needs clarification and exposure of any improper action. I don't think that I am exhonerating Administration at the expense of the Council but Rivers comparing an outright illegal transfer of funds with what seems to be a wrong handling of a problem that should have been taken care of during Sharon's administration and not knowing what action could or should take place at a special meeting indicates that she was acting for political reasons.

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    2. Nobody had to "try" to make Sharon look incompetent--she did a great job of that all by herself!

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    3. He tried to make Mayor Robinson-Briggs administration look incompetent and he fooled the residents of this great city of Plainfield. --- REALLY RENEE ???
      Suggesting anyone has to try and make Sharon "LOOK INCOMPETENT" is crazy...she couldn't even do what she was supposed to do when she was Mayor which was to simply "do what Jerry tells her to do"..Nothing else. She didn't have anything else to do but do what Jerry told her to do and she'd still be in office today. She could accomplish that one tiny thing, sit, plaster on that fake Cheshire smile and wave her hand. SO, not only was she not capable of simply, quite honestly -- doing nothing.. she went off the deep end and started doing her own hot mess stuff that comes naturally to her. That woman EXCELS at one thing... INCOMPETENCE. When you can't even simply do NOTHING, but what your handler instructs you to do, that's sad.
      And to be clear...her dirty little hands are far from free right now..statue of limitations hasn't set her free yet.

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    4. It's really hard to keep protecting Mapp when he does things like this. He could have called for an emergency meeting for Friday if it was so urgent. It seems like he constantly is undermining his council.

      Then, Mayor Mapp doesn't show up to his own Emergency Meeting. WOW.

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  2. I applaud the council for VOTING NO on this. I think they have to do their due diligence on this issue and if anyone gets paid from the taxpayers you pay the demolishing company. I will be watching this one very close.

    Taxpayer

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  3. Council member's you make sure you do what the voters put you there to do. Please do not settle for this. I am asking you to make sure you dot your I's and cross your T's with this one. When it come to head you will see what is really going on with this one. Maybe you need to speak to Bill Neirstadt if he will speak to you maybe you will find out the entire truth surrounding this deal that went BAD

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  4. I am watching this is really a big mess

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  5. I have to comment on this one. You might not post it but I am going to write it anyway.So young men getting killed in the streets of Plainfield is not an emergency. Do the lives of our black, Latino men mean nothing. After the WBLS event we were able to get the gang member's to sit down at the table and work it out, and the killings stopped. Why did Mr. Mapp not feel like that was an emergency because he didn't care. The young men were not getting killed in his area. The gunshots were not sounding off in his living room, kitchen, dining room. I lost someone very special to me. Mr. Mapp took Mrs. Robinson-briggs to court for this when all she did was help us. If the city was in an emergency state it was then. The city was so bad then they wanted to call in for outside help. So for you and the rest of the people to try and down play what went on in this city is a shame. I was able to get a job with the public wprks department and get out the streets and Mr. Mapp stopped that. Mrs. Robinson-Briggs used $20,000.00 to help the city and she was beat up. If it had happened in your backyard you would have said it was an emergency. What Al Sharpton said touched a lot of people and special your men like men. The money that was used was a very small amount but it helped save a lot of lives.

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    1. Did Shaon write this or have you do so. I should not have posted it since you do not identify yourself,b ut if desired I could look up the site of your email's origin. An examole would be70.106.165.175.

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    2. I never liked the idea of the WBLS witch hunt. But be real. Sharpton was here and gone in record time. We got our money's worth at that community meeting, while at the same time they were rifling the till for $268,000 in a fake CSBG-jobs training scam that had bi-partisan support.

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  6. Political Mayor Mapp was getting ready to run for office that's the only reason why he filed charges against Mayor Robinson-Briggs.

    That was extremely political. How soon do we forget

    He Is getting just what he deserve.

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  7. !!!!POLITICIAL WHAT!!!!

    Doc please look at all the politics that were played by none other than the honorably Mayor Adrian Mapp himself in 2012, 2013.

    I can give you a list of things this administration have done in City Hall upon their arrival.

    Council member's take off the blinders. This administration hired a professional service contract to do the audit before you approved it. That is totally against your ordinance authorized by non other than Councilmen Storch.

    This is not the first or the second mess and if you guys don't take the blinders off it will not be the last.

    Your answers to this mess you can find in B. N. department.

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  8. WILL THE ADMINISTRATION PLEAS TAKE THAT GHETTO MUSIC OFF THE WEBSITE.....

    THANKS

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  9. I get so sick of reading these blogs. Jerry Green and his minions really are pathetic. Of course the Mayor can accept some blame for this, probable his biggest fault was to hire Eric Watson. But wait, what exactly are we blaming him for? Because so far all I’ve read is a bunch of innuendos and speculations. The fact of the matter is Jerry Green is running so scared that he has his flunkeys posting a bunch of anonymous comments to make this seems like the city is about to come to a screeching halt. GAFG! I’m a taxpayer and I don’t feel like this is costing me a dime. The demolition and resale will be a benefit.

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    1. How is paying $214,500 for a job that might at most be worth $125,000 not costing you?

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  10. ANON 3:23 you are clueless. You can not be a taxpayer otherwise you would be very concern about this fiasco.

    I am a taxpayer and I am pissed. I don't mind paying for a building from my taxes that truly needed to come down, what I have a problem with is paying for a real-estate company for doing not a darn thing.

    Renee

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  11. These events suggest that a collusive agreement was entered into between a City Official and an unqualified firm. The purpose of which was to unfairly enrich the parties by overcharging for the proposed work. It is suggested that rather than spending money to engage an attorney to conduct an investigation, that there is sufficient cause to refer the matter to the County prosecutor. His office has the power to subpoena, and conduct a thorough professional investigation at no cost to the City. In the alternative, to resolve the matter with minimal rancor, and without the accompanying degradation of the City's reputation which would result, pay B & B an equitable sum for the work performed, contract the removal of the on site debris, obtain a release from Yates that they have no claim against the City, and accept the resignation of the City official who orchestrated the deal. . The potential outcome for Yates and the City official as a consequence of an investigation should provide ample incentive to accept this settlement.

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  12. Was this just a rehearsal for the demolition of the Muhlenberg buildings?

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  13. Adrian mapp should resign already. We need someone who can work with council, not against them.

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    1. One more Jerry /Sharon acolyte who denies that the Council is dedicated to work against the Mayor.

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  14. "Rivers comments were that the Council had hired its own attorney several years ago to investigate the spending of $25000 (verbally corrected by former Mayor Robinson-Briggs to $20000.00) on a meeting about Crime."

    I would appreciate if the council were a little more responsible with the taxpayers money, and did not use it for their tit for tat vendetta.

    First, Sharon never worked with the council to explain her actions. Council Reid even stated at a council meeting that she should come before the council and state why she spent the money the way she did. Sharon did not respect the council enough to talk to them.

    My understanding is that this council has records, documents, and that the Mayor and his cabinet will sit with the council to answer questions.

    If that is true, will the council please stop spending their money like it is their own, and NEVER talk about how people are hurting financially.

    They are willing to immediately hire lawyers without giving the administration a chance to speak with them, they are willing to spend money - illegally - on a charity of THEIR choice, and they spend money to save those people who are hurting, a whopping $9.00 A YEAR, by hiring their own accounting firm to look at the budget. That firm cost in the tens of thousands I believe. So the council actually COSTS the taxpayers money.

    If they do not get the answers, they should investigate. However, they should be transparent with the taxpayers as to what information was not sufficiently explained. And, considering we have a council that votes NO, with no explanation for their vote, I doubt the council will have the transparency of this administration.

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