PLAINFIELD, NJ - Nineteen law firms need Plainfield City Council approval for initial fees totaling $385,000 at the governing body’s combined meeting on Tuesday, which also features a large tax reduction and proposed improvements to both police and fire buildings.

The combined agenda-fixing and regular meeting is 7 p.m. Tuesday in Municipal Court, 325 Watchung Ave.

Council action begins with a resolution recognizing the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King.

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The professional service agreements for various legal services include a $65,000 contract with Wisniewski and Associates LLC as special counsel for tax foreclosures and property abandonment actions and another $65,000 contract award to Ruderman, Horn & Esmerado, PC as labor/personnel counsel. Other contracts range from la $50,000 to $5,000. Legal firms may require further council authorization if needed later in the year.

A successful state appeal garnered a $331,197.34 tax reduction for Norwood Estates, on an annual tax of $4,178,000 for 2014 through 2017. Six property owners made county tax appeals that will reduce taxes by $56,680.44.

Both police and fire facilities are slated for repairs with council approvals. One is for a resolution awarding a $130,000 contract to VMF Construction to remodel and reconstruct bathrooms and showers at fire headquarters. The other is an ordinance to use $365,000 in bond proceeds to renovate a bathroom and perform HVAC cleaning at police headquarters and also to acquire three 2018 police interceptor sport utility vehicles.

Also on the agenda are changes in the city’s noise ordinance. A section requiring up to 50 hours of community service for a first offense and a possible $1,000 fine may be changed to a four-tier system that begins with a written warning on file and escalates through fines of $250, $500 and $1,000 for subsequent violations. Noise became a big issue about four years ago when outdoor festivals featured amplified music that residents said they could hear a mile away. More recently, the council has only granted permission with early cut-offs for music. Residents have also complained about neighbors holding backyard parties with loud music. 

Download the agenda.pdf