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.

12 comments:

  1. Doc I was there and I did here the council president say that council women Williams had sent a email to th clerk about a week ago pertaining to the walk on that wasn't really a walk on if you read council women Williams blog.

    The clerk office left it off.

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  2. Good morning Doc,

    Why is Plainfield worrying about a liquor license when you have an administration that getting ready to disrupt the entire city of Plainfield by elimination the planning department.

    Wow

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    1. T aylor's Apples and Oranges"; the licensing action is required by state law in which the Council acts as the local ABC. Planning is another bag of worms which needs an honest evluation and explanation from Administration.

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    2. Anon 11:03 - because we are able to walk and chew gum and the same time - that is why.

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  3. First, let me say the Taylor is very "fishy". I wonder what she is getting for constantly trying to make this administration seem even more dishonest than the previous. We could dig up some shady dealings her husband had as mayor or the fact that she drove a city car she had no right to. I also wonder what certain council members get from approving a liquor license that the police are against. It does make you wonder.

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  4. Hi, Doctor Yood,

    The Earned Sick Leave ordinance was inadvertently left off the printed agenda--just a simple clerical error. It was added to the electronic agenda on Monday, I believe. I had sent it to the council president back on August 26th and it was approved to be included. Councilwoman Taylor's disproportionate ranting and raving about this ordinance--calling it "sneaky" and stating that I was "playing games"--was completely ridiculous. It was NOT a new item, and she should know the rules by now. Her drama-laden posturing and nasty attack on me and on Councilwomen Greaves and Brown for having the temerity to support this legislation was really embarrassing. It's too bad that she can't see it. The public will see it when it airs.

    Rebecca

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    1. I think the fact that it was left off was just a sign that it shouldn't be discussed at this point. I get the concept and I support it in theory but Plainfield has too many issues to fight at the moment to saddle ourselves with this policy when trying to market ourselves to business etc.

      Nice idea, bad timing and should be left to the state or federal government.

      I rarely see many resolutions of substance originate from the council and I am unsure of why, when one is brought forward, it has to be something we shouldn't be involved in. Total waste of time.

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  5. I think demanding the small business in Plainfield, and we have many, provide sick leave, may cause some businesses to relocate or lay off workers to pay for the sick leave. Let's not shoot ourselves in the foot here. If the other towns haven't done this, then we are setting up ourselves to lose businesses and discourage new businesses from coming into town.

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  6. Certify, shmirtify. I said the Council wasn't going to pay any mind to the audit certification and acceptance of the corrective action plan. Why stop the fraud now, when you can keep shelling out $100,000 a month to PMUA without any contract, no discussion, and never a vote. The City is still calling the sewer system lease revenue sharing, covering up that it hasn't ever received a penny of revenue sharing in the entire history of the authority. And as of April 2015, the mayor was taking prohibited campaign loot in violation of our Pay-To-Play ordinance from Suplee, Clooney and Lerch, Vinci & Higgins, auditors for the City and PMUA respectively. Both these firms should be barred from public work in Plainfield for both these reasons.

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  7. Since when are basic matters of employment law, like a paid sick leave policy, within the enactment power of municipalities? Only the State can do that. Plainfield and the few other towns that have done this are sitting ducks for lawsuits now, and since counsel fees are awardable for constitutional violations, they will be expensive. My advice to those who want to mandate sick leave is, take it to your State legislators. Which I seek to be.

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    1. That was my thought exactly. We can all agree that every employee paying into the tax system should be entitled to some type of sick leave without penalty. However, this not anything that should be decided on municipal/city level. Is there a reason no one is asking our state Assemblyman Jerry Green to propose this legislation?

      Robin B

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  8. 6;55pm; plain nastiness does not cut the mustard. If ypu wish to insult someone sign your name and address and I may then post it.

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