Saturday, April 5, 2014
Mayor Nominates Crownover as PMUA Alternate
Mayor Adrian O. Mapp is asking City Council approval to name Thomas J. Crownover to fill the last vacancy on the Plainfield Municipal Utilities Authority.
The council meets at 7 p.m. Monday to consider the agenda for the April 15 regular meeting. Both meetings will take place in Municipal Court, 325 Watchung Ave.
Mapp is nominating Crownover for the position of Alternate No. 2. The PMUA board of commissioners has five voting members and two alternates who may vote if neccessary to make a quorum of three. The most memorable instance of such a vote occurred in January 2012, when former Alternate No. 2 Cecil H. Sanders Jr. joined Commissioners Malcolm Dunn and Alex Toliver to approve a controversial settlement with former PMUA executives Eric Watson and David Ervin.
Sanders, who became an alternate in November 2011, became a full commissioner in January 2013, succeeding Rev. Tracey Brown when she took office as the City Council's at-large member. If approved, Crownover will succeed Sanders as an alternate.
In 2011, Crownover was named to a group that studied the authority and gave its report in March 2012.
Soon after Mapp took office in January, he sought to replace Dunn with Crownover, Sanders with Tom Kaercher, Toliver with Charles Tyndale and Harold Mitchell with Nan Anderson-Bennett. A City Council majority rejected all four, though in February Tyndale won council approval to replace Toliver, a day before the authority's reorganization at which Mitchell replaced Sanders as chairman.
Crownover's name surfaced at the council's March 3 agenda-fixing session when Councilwoman Gloria Taylor blasted Mapp for allegedly offering a quid-pro-quo involving approval of Crownover for a PMUA seat in return for the administration agreeing to a legal services plan backed by a council faction.
The PMUA's monthly board meeting is 6 p.m. Tuesday at 127 Roosevelt Avenue, If approved on April 15, Crownover will join the PMUA board in time for its May 13 meeting.