Two Follow-up Thoughts
Among them, Green noted there is no one from Plainfield on the board of the Union County Utilities Authority, though there had been in the past.
Addressing the committee members at the meeting, Green said, "From now on, this is where people from different boards come from."
Hey, wait a minute! It has been a longstanding practice of the party to get people from its ranks on important boards and commissions. Click here to see the committee roster from two years ago and you may note that it includes three PMUA commissioners and two PMUA executives (one now sadly deceased). One PMUA executive also represents Plainfield on the Plainfield Area Regional Sewerage Authority. In addition, there are Planning Board, Zoning Board and TV Board representatives.
The point is, Green had enough PMUA people on his own committee to apprise him of issues and possible answers. He did not necessarily have to drag UCUA and PARSA people into a meeting before the very same committee.
As for the New Jersey American Water company, it's nice to ask them about water issues, but what about the issue of hundreds of street openings from last summer's work that need to be properly repaired? Try walking from the northeast corner of Park & Seventh to the northwest corner and you will see the problem. Pedestrians must pick their way over a dangerous stretch of potholes and broken asphalt to get to the Twin City plaza. When will officials question the timetable for repairs?