Tuesday, September 15, 2015
MY COUNCIL MEETING
I have previously explained why I would not attend Monday night’s Council meeting. Perhaps if there had been something that would have drastically affected life in Plainfield I would have gone since I among many Reform Jews do not observe the second day of Rosh Hashanah. However since I believe that we should respect the beliefs of all others; it was out of that respect for the few Jews still living in Plainfield that I opted not to go, knowing that Bernice and other bloggers would make a report.
Perhaps that was a mistake since nothing is sacred or predictable in the city OZ. I had felt that the “sick leave” Ordinance would pass on first reading since a majority had vote to put it on the agenda. Much to my surprise I read that it had been tabled indefinitely. Apparently Greaves who had voted for it a week ago now had changed her mind although I am told she said she was still in favor of the “sick leave”.
Too often some of her votes do bewilder the observer who gets the impression that she is confused about what is going on. I still insist that it is good parliamentary practice for a Councilor who is going to abstain or vote “nay” give an explanation why the issue should not be approved.
I also understand that Gloria last week had at some point mentioned that she was in favor of “paid sick leave” also rejected the Ordinance.
Since I did not know what the fuss was concerning the Senior Citizen Center the only comment I can make until I see the tape on PCTV was that I find most disturbing the report that when Smiley mentioned that the Administration did not share her opinion about Recreation Superintendent Veronica Taylor who was being put in charge of a program at the Center; Gloria Taylor retorted:”Well, we handle the budget, so keep playing with us."
That seems to be an open threat that is consistent with Gloria’s tenure on the Council; the gang of three have to get something for their support.
Likewise the approval of the Express Night Club’s alcohol; license despite the Police Department’s recommendation seems inconsistent we the Council’s charge to be the local ABC. The Council could have held a hearing as the ABC to determine if there was validity to the Police’s position. It chose to ignore them; makes one ponder.