Monday, October 01, 2007

Take Your Pick of Meetings

October will be chock-full of meetings.

The City Council meets on Oct. 1 and 3, 15 and 17, with budget meetings on Oct. 2, 9, 16 and 23.

The school board meets on Oct. 9 and 16, with special forums on Oct. 11 and 18.

The Board of Adjustment meets on Oct. 3 and the Planning Board meets on Oct. 4 and 18.

Obviously a lot of what happens will go unreported. Plaintalker will attempt to get agendas and at least point to the newsworthy items.

Maybe in coming weeks the City Council will consider its 2008 calendar and revert back to Mondays, as was traditional before the governing body switched to the Monday-Wednesday schedule in 2006. The debate fizzled out this year and the council kept the 2006 schedule, which most agreed they didn’t like.

Anyway, the big news for the immediate future will be coming out of the school board. The district needs to find a new superintendent, business administrator/board secretary, high school principal and several other top administrators. The school board and administration must continue to deal with the state monitoring report.

Attendance at public meetings is still sparse. At last week’s meeting with the consultant who will be guiding the superintendent search, former school board member Inez Durham and I were the only members of the public present. Neither the school board meetings nor City Council sessions are televised on the local cable channel, so attending them is the only way to find out what happened. (Or, some might say, read the Plaintalker.)

Work and family obligations keep most people from these meetings, but out of 15,000 households, surely there are more than a handful of people who could show up.

Anyway, tonight’s City Council meeting is 7:30 p.m. in City Hall Library, 515 Watchung Ave. Agendas are available at the City Clerk’s office in advance or at the meeting itself. Come see how your governing body conducts the business of the city.

--Bernice Paglia


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