I am not sure that my choice last night to attend the Council meeting was the best. I missed a most satisfying basketball game as the Hoos completely reversed their performance at Syracuse and blew out #4 Louisville in the 2nd half.
As expected the venue was too small to accommodate the crowd that had an interest in the Ordinance giving the police the right to seize out of town cabs (North Plainfield) that are empty or picking up in Plainfield.
This ordinance was moved to next Monday’s agenda with only Rivers and Tolliver objecting on a purely anti-Mapp basis.
Everything on the agenda was passed on some only by a political 5:2 vote. Rivers was very vocal and tended to filibuster speaking even when she was in violation of the rules announced by Council President Williams.
On the Rushmore concession stand Rivers questioned the qualifications of Hahr construction to do the remedial work since it had no record to her knowledge on recreation facilities. Despite the fact that Hahr was by far the lowest qualified bidder according to the engineering consultants. Incidentally, Bridged in the 40s way back when Hahr was doing commercial work in downtown Plainfield. They are an established name but may not be the same organization.
Tolliver too was especially vocal in objecting to that resolution wanting to know why the doors, toilets roof, etc. needed replacement. Who was going to use it when there were “carts” at the site when events took place?
Both rightly questioned the resolution awarding the Tara Dowdell Group a contract of 60k for services “rebranding and promoting the City in 2017 since we have an 85k PIO on board. Also there was a similar program in place in 2016 and they wished to know the results.
Deputy City Administrator for Economic Development tried to explain that this organization had certain specific expertise that last year’s consultant did not and gave figures that showed tremendous progress in new residential and commercial development.
The fact that this meeting was 2 hours old before reaching the public comment part should be sufficient reason not to hold it as a combined meeting with the enabling Business Session. Since some Councilors hve shown that they are not familiar with all the material in their packet they should have adequate time to be able to vote intelligently.