Monday's City Council meeting was full of good stories and information, more than can be covered in one blog post.
Here are some items:
- The U.S. News & World Report recognition of Plainfield Academy for the Arts and Advanced Studies as one of the best high schools in the nation brought together past and present officials including former Schools Superintendent Steve Gallon III and PAAAS Principal Angela Bento; current Superintendent Anna Belin-Pyles; former school board members Martin Cox, Brenda Gilbert, Christian Estevez, Patricia Barksdale; current President Emily Morgan and members Lynn Anderson, John Campbell and Carmencita Pile; past president Wilma Campbell and numerous students to hear a City Council resolution read by Councilwoman Bridget Rivers, also a former school board member. The Class of 2016 had a 100 percent graduation rate and all the graduates are going to college.
Many speakers commented on the school's history and success. The meeting was recorded for broadcast on local cable channels, so all the remarks can be heard when the meeting is on Comcast Channel 96 or Verizon Channel 34.
- Representatives of New Jersey American Water spoke on water quality and said all water delivered to city homes is in full compliance with state and federal standards. The issue of lead in water arises from lead pipes and lead-soldered connections in homes, a spokesman said. The company advises running water for five minutes after it has been standing in pipes overnight to flush out lead. The company website has water quality questions and answers.
- City youth are having "Summer Fun with Plainfield's First Responders" at the Plainfield Public Library. The noon to 1:30 p.m. segments span two weeks that started Monday and include how to deal with bullying, internet bullying, first aid, fire safety, gang awareness and a mock crime scene where participants can learn about investigations. Officer Bernel Harrison and his fellow police, fire and EMS first responders are presenting the program.
In council business, the governing body approved hiring Richard J. Gartz as chief financial officer from July 6, 2016 through Dec. 31, 2017. Liquor licenses for two social clubs, eleven liquor stores and twelve bars, restaurants and night clubs were approved for 2016-17. The council authorized purchase of eight 2017 Ford Police Interceptor Utility vehicles at a cost of $221,184 and renewed the city's subscription to the ShotSpotter gunfire detection system for $120,000.
More to follow tomorrow.