Tuesday, July 11, 2017



This is the 4052nd blog I have posted in the past 91/2 years. Unfortunately it has to do with Monday’s Council meeting.

Perhaps the fact that there were less than 20 attendees during the entire length of the meeting which began at 7pm after a closed executive session. The first hour was entirely devoted to the PMUA. During that time the PMUA Executive Director gave Trumpian answers to a series of prepared questions delivered by Council President Williams.

We were informed that it was impossible to make waste disposal costs comparisons with that of surrounding communities because since they were determined according to the County location so North Plainfield and South Plainfield could (?) be lower than Union County Plainfield

Nor could he compare the only community which contracts with the PMUA; Fanwood, per residency cost with Plainfield’s since that contract which was “competitive” with any other vendor, was with the municipality. PMUA provided the services which he claimed used the same vehicles and personnel as Plainfield

There was no explanation of the fixed cost per customer, excluding the “shared services” charge which all residency owners must pay even if they used an independent service. No answer was given to the real question; were Plainfielders subsidizing Fanwood’s residents?

Although he claimed that the dollars received helped reduce the per capita Plainfield charges no actual figures were ever presented

There was no opportunity for public comments at the time of the PMUA/Council interaction (?) but at the end of the meeting Crownover remarked that no consideration had been given by Council or Administration to the 2012 Commission which he chaired report on dissolving the PMUA. Could it be that there is no longer a political interest and these annual Council/PMUA interactions are just per forma?

Blog 4023 will continue this “Council Meeting report”.


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