Wednesday, January 21, 2009

PMUA Rate Hearing Thursday

Unless it has been rescheduled yet again, the Plainfield Municipal Utilities Authority will be holding a public hearing 6 p.m. tomorrow (Thursday, Jan. 22, 2009) at 127 Roosevelt Avenue. The Authority may discuss and take action on sewer and solid waste rates. Call (908) 226-2518 before 4 p.m. to check before venturing out in the cold.

This hearing was originally scheduled for Nov. 24 before being canceled and rescheduled. The November meeting was posted just after delivery of the PMUA newsletter that outlined multiple reasons why rates might go up. Reasons for increased rates are also mentioned on the PMUA web site. Click here to see the spiffy new web site.

Unfortunately, the web site calendar includes pickups but not the meeting schedule.

The PMUA will reorganize in February. Mayor Sharon Robinson-Briggs recently offered the names of Don Davis to replace PMUA Commissioner James Green, and Eugene Dudley to succeed himself on the authority, but then withdrew the nominations. The next logical date to seek City Council confirmation of nominees is the Jan. 26 agenda-fixing session. Votes then would be taken at the Feb. 2 regular council meeting.

Those unfamiliar with PMUA can learn more from the web site, which includes a history and many other details.

Plaintalker will try to cover the rate hearing. Click here for a report on a prior PMUA rate increase.

--Bernice Paglia


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Is the PMUA kidding?? How can they raise rates again in less than 2 years!? The last increase was too high--sewer rates 20% higher? Who do these commissioners think they are? And the mayor wants to add free-spending Don Davis to the mix? According to your article from 2 years ago, he was all for the last increase. How is that managing our money effectively? We need people at the PMUA who look out for our (meaning homeowners) interests! Why do they hold their meetings at 6:00 pm? Most people are just getting home from work at that time. I don't get home from work until 6:30 or 6:45 depending on traffic. My feeling is that these commissioners and the executives at the PMUA are de facto discouraging public attendance by not publicizing their meetings and by then holding them during the dinner hour. Most other public meetings are held at 7:00, 7:30 or even 8:00 pm. I am fed up as you can see. thank you for making the attempt to be there and for reporting on it.

10:15 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Before the PMUA raises rates, I suggest that PMUA management (Eric Watson-Jim Perry,etc)look at improving the efficiency of their operation. For starters, recycling should commingle items (paper,glass, cans,etc.). Purchase or modify trucks (mechanical pick-up arm)for operation by one person. This is the way it is done in progessive communities. The latest news release complains about restaurants not disposing of grease efficiently. Inspect the restaurants for compliance; this is more effective and cheaper than using this condition as an excuse to raise PMUA rates.

11:55 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Don Davis?? Isn't Plainfield done with this man....and Sharon tries to take care of her friends...STOP!!!!

1:07 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Am I the only person in Plainfield that was charged for 'extra' garbage after the Christmas holidays?? THE PMUA only picked up garbage once during Christmas week and again New Years' week....of couse, when people generate the most trash! I was charged for two extra, the extra trash was IN the garbage container, but I couldn't fit the lid, the PMUA determined that it was $50 too much. I find this outrageous....if they wanted the holidays off, the citizens should not be penalized.....and now they want to increase rates...NO WAY.

1:14 PM  
Anonymous said...

To Anon 1:14pm: From Jan 2009 through April, the PMUA has assessed more than 2000 of these "violations" Since PMUA didn't collect garbage from you during Christmas and then again on Jan 1 & 2, you should demand a refund. This is true of many who have received these bogus service charges. Be sure you request your refund in writing and save a copy for your records.

12:19 AM  

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