A small legal notice in today's newspaper sets forth the intention.
The study itself took more than eight months of intensive work starting in January 2013. All the minutes as well as the final amended report are still online at the Plainfield Charter Study Commission blog.
The commissioners - Mary Burgwinkle, John Stewart, Rick Smiley, Marie Davis and Jeanette Criscione -were elected in the November 2012 general election, but results were delayed by effects of Superstorm Sandy. The commission held an organizational meeting in December 2012 and had nine months to do its work.
See Plaintalker's report on results in August 2013
Recommendations included the following:
-Title of City Administrator to become Business Administrator
- Gender inclusiveness in all references
- Align language with state statutes
- City Clerk to be appointed by council
- Mayor must be a registered voter and a resident for four years immediately prior to the date of election
- Leeway to add departments to the three currently mandated by the charter
- Retain prohibition on dual office-holding
- Provision for a legislative aide to the council
While other municipalities can make governmental changes at the local level, Plainfield's charter was enacted by special state legislation and can only be changed the same way.