Tuesday, March 7, 2017

THE COUNCIL MEETING #1




I was home shortly after 10 pm from the Council meeting. When I arrived at the Court House the only usable parking space in the area fortunately was an extension of the handicap spot marked by a faded blue line.

The meeting started on time and I will post more about the proceedings in a follow up blog. However it is suffice to say that Bridget is a Trumpian aggressive Mayor candidate and the primary is only 3 months away.

Of interest was that after Chairman of the Committee of the whole, Barry Goode. Was elected by a 5:2 vote as the newly created Vice President of the Council, there seems to be some confusion as to his role. President Williams herself introduced all the items under consideration for next Monday’s agenda.

The Mayor addressed the Council-and the public- about his Plainfield Promise project and that there had been a great deal of controversy over selling the Bierstadt paintings. Since he is a candidate for reelection he was going to postpone any action and appoint an independent citizens commission to study the whole proposal and report back in 6 months.

He did not state if the City’s appeal to the courts to void the Trust restriction on selling the paintings had been withdrawn...

At the public comment period I did express some of my concerns raised by the Mayor’s letter to the public and am reprinting a few

The proposal seems to have as much substance as some of Trump’s plans for example; has anyone calculated the cost of the “savings account for each child that would accomplish the intended goal? What is that goal? I would like to see the actuarial figures.

The only contributing partner mentioned is JFK which is supposed to be in financial trouble and desires to rid itself at a profit from the Muhlenberg site. Also if JFK has been sold to meridian health care how safe is any pledge? This has as much substance as trump’s promise to release his taxes,
 

About the paintings themselves; Bierstadt was just illustrating what has been supposed to be a fact; the Indians at first thought that because of the large ships and sails and their skin that the white newcomers were “gods”
Also if that painting is offensive why is making a copy part of the proposal?

“Administrative and management costs associated with all the initiatives will be covered by the trusts.” That is from the mayor’s FAQs. It will be a good source of fiscal patronage, if the trust is 2 million a standard fee of 1’5% that is 30k alone for just administrative fees, not accounting for other management expenses. Both a bank and a third party financial agency will be involved so management fees alone will be more than that amount.

I am not sure what is meant by a “Rider Trust”. Does that mean only for Rider University?

As presented I think this plan is just pie in the sky

I would like to thank Danny Dunn for his remarks reflecting my complaints about the Plainfield TV.

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