Sunday, January 17, 2010

PMUA Shifts Rate Hearing

Thanks to Philip Charles for spotting a new legal notice from the Plainfield Municipal Utilities Authority that shifts a rate hearing from Jan. 19 to Feb. 8. I had just clipped items from the Courier News and had to go back into the recycling bag to retrieve the notice, which I missed.

Here is the previous Plaintalker post on the rate hearing, which was posted separately from a PMUA meeting the same night. On Feb. 8, the rate hearing will be at 6 p.m. at the PMUA office, 127 Roosevelt Ave., and will be followed by a special meeting. The rate figures do not appear to be different, although headings for the fees in the new notice seem to be out of order.

Chaning meeting dates is a frequent occurrence at PMUA and on the DumpPMUA web site, interested people are advised to call ahead to verify the time, date and location of meetings.

There is a City Council meeting Tuesday, as well as a school board meeting. A regular PMUA meeting had been scheduled for 7 p.m. Tuesday. Call (908) 226-2518 to verify whether that meeting is changed.

The council meeting is 8 p.m. in Municipal Court, 325 Watchung Ave. The BOE will meet at 7 p.m. in the Administration Building, 1200 Myrtle Ave.

The PMUA's annual reorganization usually takes place in early February. A legal notice from last year included January and February dates (erroneously tagged 2009) after the December 2009 meeting date. The Feb. 8 date will again coincide with a regular City Council meeting.

It has been nearly a year since Mayor Sharon Robinson-Briggs nominated former Third Ward Councilman Don Davis to be a PMUA commissioner. She later withdrew the nomination and Commissioner James Green, whose term expired in February 2009, stayed on until his death later in the year. Besides that unexpired term to 2/1/2014, the term of Commissioner Dave Beck will expire on 2/1/2010, leaving a vacancy to 2/1/2015. In addition, no action was taken to renew the term of Alternate No. 2 Eugene Dudley in 2009, and on Feb. 1 the term of Alernate No. 1 Rev. Tracey Brown will expire.

Davis had been the City Council's liaison to the PMUA. He lost the June 2008 primary to Adrian Mapp and left the council at the end of that year. Mapp won the 2009 general election and took office as the Third Ward councilman on Jan. 1, 2009.

The council's Jan. 19 agenda does not include any nominations to the PMUA.

PMUA rate increases in 2009 triggered formation of a citizen group, DumpPMUA, that challenged the legality of the rate hearing and sought rollback of some PMUA fees and fines. Click here to read about it.

--Bernice Paglia


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Please don't tell me my rates are going to go up again

2:37 PM  

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