Monday, October 16, 2006

Another Busy Week

This week will definitely be a test for anyone who wants to keep track of city doings.

The City Council agenda session will take place at 7:30 p.m. today (Monday, Oct. 16, 2006) in City Hall Library, 515 Watchung Ave. Check back this afternoon for Plaintalker’s heads-up on agenda items.

On Tuesday, the council will hold a budget session from 6 to 9 p.m. in City Hall Library. An Oct. 4 budget session was somewhat abortive, as there was no one from the administration to discuss budget requests. In fact, City Administrator Carlton McGee canceled the meeting, but six of seven council members showed up anyway, apparently not having been informed of the cancellation. Given that the administration has submitted a Fiscal Year 2007 budget reflecting an 8.2 percent tax increase and that last year’s budget talks started in July, it behooves interested citizens to check out this first substantive budget session late in the process.

However, it will conflict with a Board of Adjustment meeting also scheduled to take place in City Hall Library at 7 p.m., so meeting locations may change.

Meanwhile, across town at Washington Community School, Plainfield Education Association members will stage a rally at 6:15 p.m. Tuesday in advance of the 7 p.m. school board meeting. According to a letter from the union, association members have been working without a contract since July 1, 2005.

On Wednesday, the council will hold its regular meeting in Municipal Court, 325 Watchung Ave. The meeting includes a hearing on the introduced budget as well as a hearing on the East Third/Richmond redevelopment plan.

The Planning Board will meet 8 p.m. Thursday in City Hall Library.

After all that, the dutiful citizen may want to take a break and go to the informative and entertaining exhibit, “Plainfield on the Move: 200 Years of Transportation in New Jersey” at the Plainfield Public Library. The exhibit opening will feature a reception Saturday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Photos, memorabilia and other items will remain on display through mid-December.

--Bernice Paglia


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