Thursday, April 16, 2009

April 27 Meetings Conflict

A budget hearing just announced for April 27 conflicts with a previously-announced special "working meeting" on Information Technology.

Budget amendments introduced Monday will be up for a public hearing at 8 p.m. April 27 in Municipal Court, 325 Watchung Ave. Click here for Plaintalker's post on the amendments. The special meeting on Information Technology was scheduled for 8 p.m. the same night in City Hall Library, 515 Watchung Ave., but will likely be postponed.

The Information Technology meeting is one of four in 2009 on single topics. The first one, on Public Safety, took place in February before the new calendar was approved. The topic was originally supposed to be the Plainfield Municipal Utilities Authority, but Councilman William Reid, a former PMUA commissioner and now the council liaison to the authority, said PMUA officials were showing "resistance" to the idea. The PMUA meeting is now scheduled for 8 p.m. July 27 at Municipal Court. The final working meeting is on Economic Growth, 8 p.m. on Oct. 19 in Municipal Court.

The topic of Information Technology was prominent in budget deliberations, as the administration proposed to establish the title of IT director and to create an IT division. Below is an excerpt from a March blog post:

In February, the administration offered an ordinance to create the title of director of data processing, but on Monday a new title, Manager I of Information Processing, was up for a vote. The salary range had also been revised, from $95,500 to $135,400 for the previous title to $70,000 to $110,000 for the new one. But Councilman Cory Storch moved to table the ordinance, saying, "I don't see any harm in taking a few months" to settle the issue. Storch wants more citizen input and a more convincing argument from the administration on the need for what will amount to an IT department.

On Monday, the council approved establishment of three citizens' advisory committees, including one on information technology. Each of the committees will have 14 members. The IT advisory committee will "support and assist" the council's own three-member IT committee.

Plaintalker will post details if and when the IT working meeting is rescheduled.

--Bernice Paglia


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Again, can you just imagine how difficult it is to get a straight answer from anyone at the top of this Adminstration, when you are just a lowly worker !!! The only thing you can be sure of, is if the Appointed postions are there, 1. It will start late. 2. They will have Food!!

11:20 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Boy did you hit the nail on the head !!! Getting a straight, let alone written answer to anything is IMPOSSIBLE in the City. Like when will my street and sidewalks be fixed !!

8:43 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

So, what I am hearing is that it is time for a change. Vote them out!!!

9:04 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

How are these attacks on the current administration relevant to a blog entry on the problems of the City Council schedule? FYI, they're separate. Any citizen who cares enough to comment on a blog entry should know that, so perhaps these comments are just another bunch of unfounded attacks on the mayor. Wise up, people!

5:48 PM  

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