Reorganization Plans To Be Discussed
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.