Saturday, February 21, 2009

Ratepayer Revolt Has Web Site

For those who haven't had time or inclination to go back and read additional comments on the PMUA reorg story, Plaintalker points out a new web site being constructed to organize opposition to the authority's rates and rules. Click here to read it.

The web site notes the next meeting date of the PMUA, something that was lacking on the authority's own web site. The PMUA does have a front-page article on its service vs. private haulers. Looks like the battle is on!

Click here to read Plaintalker's coverage of the annual reorganization and all the comments.

The PMUA faced a great deal of opposition at its inception, including litigation by some City Council members. In more recent years, its Environmental Fair and other community outreach has gained general acceptance and support for the authority. But solid waste and sewer rate hikes in January and a perceived lack of transparency have riled ratepayers.

Click here for Plaintalker's 2005 blog post on the PMUA's 10th anniversary and its history in the city.

--Bernice Paglia


Anonymous Anonymous said...

I love it. Thanks for bringing to the light this residents' movement. I am sure many of us will join in.

8:55 AM  
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11:56 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh boy! that is the thought that comes to mind when I read your Blog entry Bernice.

I must tell you all that this week my email inbox has gotten about 4-6 emails a day on this subject from my fellow Plainfielders. And just yesterday I fielded 2 telephone calls on the matter. Why am I telling you all this?

I feel that it is going to snowball, and it's 'gonna get ugly' and it's 'gonna' happen QUICK . The mood I sense from my neighbors is best said quoted from the movie NETWORK . . . " I'm mad as hell and I am not going to take it anymore ". In these times of uncertainly people are frustrated. They see their taxes rising out of control and their families incomes falling and THEY ARE SCARED.

I would hope that our elected officials, and the PMUA, become pro-active on this debate. That they answer their constituents and their customers inquiries with patience and transparency. I am happy to see that the PMUA was quick to respond on their web-site, but they will need to do a lot more. I suggest that a PMUA representative (one with thick skin) attends this weeks Town Wide Block Association meeting.

Residents opting out of PMUA will weaken it. A strong and viable PMUA that is rid of any favoritism and wasteful (no pun intended) expenditures benefits all of Plainfield. Now is the time to make that happen. . . now is the time to bring forth bold and constructive ideas. . . or I too will opt out !

Jim Spear

12:25 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't think we need thick skins. We need to stop these increases. I for one am opting out - thick skins or not.

TR Reed

8:07 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The timing of the PMUA increases shows how out of touch they are. Had they left rates alone until 2010 or 11 when the economy is back on track, no one would have uttered a work. The people who pick up the trash are nice people-no qualms with them. So the question is- How much of a salary increase did the PMUA executives get? Remember - 50% of the trash increase went to company wide salaries and benefits.

9:29 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

9:29am is right. For a real insight for the increases, one only needs to look at PMUA's annual audit report, and the recommendations of the auditors.

3:24 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

so many of you is wrong check out scotch plains and see what you will get for your money very little plus the same high taxes only some carpet baggers want you to [THINK]neg. was it better for u before u move to plainfield if so why did u move?? just to bi##h over nothing did u do ypur research before moveing???? i am sure u did

2:10 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i still ask the people that have moved to plainfield without research? are you one of the few carpet baggers that moved here with a take over mind. of something that have done wonders for plainfield that started working from home and phone remember just a few yrs ago phone booths!! just to clean=up a city that no one wanted to live in if we are so bad then why did YOU move here?? check out scotch plains garbbage and see what you get for your bang!!high taxes less service but mabe u are let by the people that now see a money maker for their pockets.carpet baggers

2:26 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

did u do your research before moveing here withen the past 15 yrs.jut to see what this city wes before pmua and have you fully research the service u are getting compare this to scotch plain and their taxes why did you leave somethoing better for what you now say is bad?? it cant be for employment/transportation/schools pfld is now a clean city

2:44 PM  

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