Monday, December 08, 2008

Reorganization Plans To Be Discussed

Tonight's agenda session is for the Jan. 1 reorganization meeting. The City Council will discuss the meeting calendar for 2009 and other official actions to be taken to launch the new year.

The agenda session is 7:30 p.m. in City Hall Library, 515 Watchung Ave. The reorganization meeting will be 11 a.m. Jan. 1 in Municipal Court, 325 Watchung Ave.

On Jan. 1, the council will choose a new president for 2009 and welcome new members Annie McWilliams and Adrian Mapp. Besides approving its meeting schedule, the council will name official newspapers and bank depositories, give top officials permission to use city-owned vehicles and confirm appointments offered by the mayor for various boards and commissions. The mayor is expected to give a State of the City address.

In years past, the reorganization was an occasion for all citizen watchdogs and local political pundits to give their own estimations of the state of the city. The meetings ran to four hours and many people dressed up for the occasion. More recently, the crowd has tended to be friends and family of those getting sworn in to various offices, including numerous judgeships.

This coming year is the last in the mayor's four-year term. She must file by April if she intends to run for a second term. Just as 2008 seems to have rushed by, 2009 will go fast as the city and the nation deal with economic pressures and political shifts. Think about attending the reorganization if you can. If not, keep the city and your elected officials in mind on New Year's Day.

--Bernice Paglia

5 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

And make a committment to become involved in our great city.

Demand the best from the city council - not just same-o same-o. We finally have some forward thinking people involved. Let's get moving!

9:04 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"We finally have some forward thinking people"

Where..who? Mapp? He has already been on the council for 8 years. Spent another 3 on the county. What did he do? NOTHING!! Read my lips!

Did not get the city's website improved. Did not get council meetings taped. Taxes went up 35% while he was on the council. And he voted to cut Police officers!

Don't know about up in Sleepy Hollow, but in my world, going back to those who have already served is not forward thinking.

TS Smith

11:43 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

But do Green/Briggs have 4 votes? That's the question.

12:17 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well, everyone deserves a second chance - even Mapp. I am not impreseed by what is going on in the council now - there is no forward movement at all.

Maybe the second time is a charm.

8:29 AM  
Anonymous GB said...

Want a street sign fixed? Call the Mayor, who tells the Administrator, who tells the Director of Public Works, who tells the Supeintendent, who tells the Forman who tell the guy will the screw driver. [With all the various office staff relaying the messages.] Opps, he will be the first to get layed off, sorry.

5:45 PM  

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