Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Public Safety Meeting Now at Library

Poet Robert Burns said, “The best laid schemes o’ mice an’ men gang aft a-gley.”

Olddoc may think more in terms of the military slang FUBAR.

Whatever the take on the most recent calendar glitch, it brings to mind the proverb “Haste Makes Waste.”

This is all by the way of explaining that tomorrow’s first City Council “working conference” for 2009 is undergoing a last-minute change of location from Washington Community School to the Plainfield Public Library. It will now be 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. in the library’s Anne Louise Davis Room. The library is located at Park Avenue and Eighth Street.

How did this happen? We don’t know, but contributing factors may have been the fact that Council President Rashid Burney’s original proposed new calendar for 2009 double-booked an agenda-setting session and the working conference both on Monday, Feb. 23.

Meanwhile, Mayor Sharon Robinson-Briggs booked Washington Community School for a “Community Forum” on Feb. 25. Apparently to accommodate Burney, the mayor canceled her forum, as indicated on the city web site. The "working conference" was then publicized as being at the school. But there is still no mention of the council event on the city web site.

However, given the fact that the working conference is a special meeting because the calendar adopted at the Jan. 1 council reorganization has not yet been officially replaced by Burney’s new one, the date and location had to be publicized by special notice – WHICH IS NOW WRONG!!!

Excuse me if I am perturbed by these glitches. The only ray of sunshine for me is that if I go tomorrow, I will only have to walk to the library and not summon a taxi to haul me across town.

So all you citizens who want to hear a discussion of public safety in Plainfield and then weigh in with comments, head for the Plainfield Public Library Wednesday (Feb. 25, 2009) .

I will try to be there.

--Bernice Paglia


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just checked the City website and the notice of the meeting is finally posted.

Better Late, than never!

8:56 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Bernice what is REALLY going on? I don't know if I am coming or going.

9:34 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If Council Pres. Burney would just keep the meetings in the regualr meeting places, he and the administration wouldn't look so foolish. How many keystrokes have we all collectively wasted on meeting notices and changes, in the newspapers, on the blogs, finally on the city's website. This bumbling ineptitude is all about a meeting calendar?? For all the talk about "transparency" it seems that they expect us to be following all the changes on the website or Burney's blog every day. Give me a break.

6:49 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It appears someone's knickers are in a knot.

7:36 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is great. Bernice, have you seen citizens this involved in awhile? I applaud all the efforts being made to make sure people attend these events in the right place. Nothing wrong with a little change. Things have been the same for 30 years and nothing has changed. Let's at least give it a try.

3:33 PM  

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