Friday, February 23, 2007

Council Update

Thursday’s City Council meeting was over in 11 minutes, according to one of less than a handful of people who came out to see the governing body at work.

The council approved a resolution giving the Union County Improvement Authority the go-ahead to do redevelopment studies or plans on three sites, which are:
- 126/136 Madison Avenue/303-306 West Second Street.
- 520-536 South Avenue/500-514 Scott Avenue and 529-536 East Sixth Street
- Tepper’s Phase I (part of the block that includes the Horizons at Plainfield redevelopment of the former Tepper’s department store).

One thing that was not addressed in this council cycle was the expiration of two conditional designations for redevelopers for the Marino’s tract and the North Avenue tract.

The next council meetings are March 5 for the agenda session and March 7 for the regular meeting, which conflicts with the Board of Adjustment meeting.

On Monday, the calendar revision issue was on the agenda again but was withdrawn. That means by default the council is sticking with the calendar they say they don’t like, the one that calls for regular sessions on Wednesdays after first and third Mondays of each month. The other options are to drop back to the traditional schedule of Mondays only or to choose a rolling schedule of Wednesday agenda sessions and regular meetings a week later on Mondays.

Also on Monday, city resident Michael Wroble, a longtime advocate of historic preservation, was honored for his dedication to the cause. Wroble’s work begins at home – he lives in the 1717 Fitz-Randolph farmhouse on Randolph Road. Mayor Sharon Robinson-Briggs presented Wroble with a proclamation citing his advocacy and his involvement in the city’s “nationally recognized” historic house tours.

“I love this city,” Wroble said.

--Bernice Paglia

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