Sunday, March 15, 2009

Counciil Meets Monday

Monday night’s City Council meeting has mostly routine items on the agenda, except for approval of a $275,000 settlement with former Police Chief Edward Santiago and possibly some action regarding the expiration of Police Director Martin Hellwig’s one-year acting term.

The meeting is 8 p.m. in Municipal Court, 325 Watchung Ave. As of this writing on Sunday evening, the agenda is not available.

Please all be aware that this meeting marks the last under the calendar published Jan. 1

The dreaded new calendar kicks in next month but has yet to be published. According to City Council President Rashid Burney’s unofficial calendar, the April 6 agenda fixing session will take place at 7:30 p.m. at Emerson Community School as part of Burney’s plan to hold four such sessions across the city, one in each political ward. One has already been held Feb. 9 at Washington Community School.

Plaintalker’s stance is leave well enough alone, that decades of tradition allow the civic-minded to come out to witness the governing body in action at either City Hall Library or Municipal Court.

The new calendar also compresses the schedule to one agenda-fixing and one regular meeting per month, year-round. The schedule is meant to allow more time for council committee meetings and such.

Meanwhile, council meetings have been televised, but Plaintalker has been hard put to follow the Channel 74 schedule.

Perhaps it will all work out in weeks to come. Innovation always draws concern and this Taurean writer is intrinsically skeptical, but maybe I’m wrong.

Stay tuned to Channel 74 and meanwhile come out live for council meetings as best you can.

--Bernice Paglia


Anonymous Anonymous said...

I cant believe we are just going to give Santiago all that money. for what? This will encourage even more lawsuits.

I have not heard a peep out of Dan on this subject. Very odd.

Speaking of Dan, heard he sent out an invite on behalf of Mapp listing his home as the campaign HQ for Mapp. Is that true? If so, I may want to review Dan's posts under a new light.

11:35 AM  
Blogger Bernice said...

Dan tells me his home is not campaign HQ. Did you ask him on his blog's comment form?

2:29 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dan Damon's home may not be Mapp's campaign HQ but the inside of his head probably is. As for the lawsuit, keep in mind that Santiago's problems with the city started under the previous administration.

6:12 PM  

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