City Council 2010 Schedule Set
The notice was published today in the Courier News. Among innovations this year are "town meetings" in each of the city's four wards, a council retreat in February and a schedule for biannual and quarterly reports from council liaisons to various boards and commissions.
In contrast to four "working sessions" in 2009 for in-depth discussions of single issues such as public safety, the Plainfield Municipal Utilities Authority, information technology and economic growth, there will be two this year, both on the topic of social services. One is slated for May 20 and one for June 24, both at 7 p.m. in the Plainfield Public Library. In budget discussions late last year, members of the governing body called for the city to hand off several city-run social service operations to outside agencies. One, the decades-old Dudley House residence for men in recovery from substance abuse, is expected to be taken over by the Lafayette-based Sunrise House.
The council is now in the process of finalizing the FY 2010 budget for the calendar year that began July 1, 2009. For the fiscal year beginning July1 of this year, the new calendar calls for budget deliberations in seven sessions starting July 22.
For those who find the legal notice cumbersome, I will be distributing a concise chart of agenda and regular meetings and the four town meetings (suitable for your refrigerator door). I expect to bring copies to Monday's meeting or you can e-mail me at bernice.paglia "at" gmail.com and I will send the charts back as an attachment. Or if you can decipher the legal notice, you can now add the dates to your personal electronic calendar.
This year could be a very important one for citizen involvement. Changes in Trenton are likely to impact local government and taxpayers, and decisions of your municipal elected officials need to be monitored closely.