Meeting Reveals Little
The City Council met in closed session with potential nominees for cabinet posts to be approved Jan. 1, but only a few hints on the 2010 cabinet emerged, one being that Martin Hellwig is expected to stay on in the combined role of Police Director/Director of Public Affairs & Safety. Jennifer Wenson Maier, currently head of Public Works & Urban Development, and Bibi Taylor, director of Administration, Finance, Health & Human Services were both on hand.
The mystery is who will replace City Administrator Marc Dashield, who is the newly-hired township manager for Montclair.
Nominees will be presented at the Jan. 1 reorganization meeting. No time has yet been announced for the meeting.
The City Council will also name official newspapers and banks, and will confirm numerous other appointments at the Jan. 1 meeting.
An earlier hearing on the SFY 2010 introduced budget drew comments from Plainfield Municipal Employees Association members who deplored layoffs from the city's lowest-paid ranks, while top employees and other unions are not affected. While negotiations are still underway, no concession have been announced for Fire or Police divisions, which account for most of the city's salary costs.
Amendments to the budget that began July 1 have yet to be announced, but once stated, will trigger another public hearing before final passage.