Thursday, September 10, 2015
COUNCIL'S TUESDAY NIGHT #2
Much of Tuesday night’s meeting was confusing. As an example when Greaves was reading the Resolutions to be voted upon for placement on next Monday night’s agenda she started out with “A” and next “A1” which I could not find on my printed or electronic agenda. If I did not miss-hear what is “A1” and what relationship does it have with the Council’s certification that they had read the annual audit report”? If it was the Council President’s add on to the agenda why was it not explained to the public?
I am still looking for a mention on my printed and electronic agendas about a resolution for the paid sick leave. I could not find any; yet that was a subject of many of the public speakers in the portion of the meeting devoted to comments on agenda items Are there two agendas for a meeting; the published one and a secret one.
Yes I had been forewarned Tuesday that there was going to be a crowd to discuss that subject, and there were multiple speakers pro and con with some giving unsupported data about the benefits of such a plan and others like Jeff Dunn theatrically objecting to it. Dairy queen owner Albanese eloquently expressed her fear of the impact on her small business.
I am in sympathy with such a plan, however I cannot see what the possible benefit to the Plainfield workforce can be to have singular program that is more demanding than any other community. I am in agreement that this is a program that should be mandated at the State level not at individual municipalities. Given a State law then local stricter requirements cold be added if desired but this Council does not have the expertise to write such legislation.
In commenting extensively about the police recommendations to deny a liquor license to Express Night Club owner Luis Penaloza, is now claiming police are harassing him, that he was “grandfather in” to have live female entertainment and that he had made a complaint to the County Prosecutor’s office. He had not heard from Riley the Director of Public Safety and Division head of the Police.
Sgt. Christopher Sylvester told the council Tuesday that police checks turned up numerous violations on July 2 and July 24, that there were other violations including improper storage of alcoholic beverages.
Sylvester noted that the inspections were random as to time and tavern order. Tolliver questioned why only this place was found in violation and no others. She inferred that the others were being overlooked and the Express Club was being targeted.
Although Director Riley gave an explanation of the process and said he could not reply to some of her questions because there e was an open investigation taking place. It may have been on this subject that Taylor commented that it sounded “fishy”.
Notwithstanding the Police recommendation only Storcch, Williams, and bless her Brown on speaker phone voted not to put on the agenda. Will the Council grant renewal this coming Monday? The fish are surly still swimming.
More to come.