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Plainfield Council To Vote on Mayoral Salary Increase, Muhlenberg Redevelopment Agreement

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PLAINFIELD, NJ - A day after unofficial election results show Plainfield Mayor Adrian Mapp headed for another four-year term, the City Council must decide whether to increase the mayor's annual pay from $35,000 a year to $75,000.

Another proposed salary ordinance would increase all seven council members' pay from $10,000 to $25,000.

Also on the agenda tonight is a redevelopment agreement for the Muhlenberg tract. The combined agenda-fixing and regular meeting begins at 7 p.m. in Municipal Court, 325 Watchung Avenue.

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Increased pay for the elected officials would take place in January, when Mapp and council members Joylette Mills-Ransome and Steve Hockaday will be sworn in, The two salary ordinances will be up for first reading tonight. If passed, they will be up for second reading and final passage in December.

The Muhlenberg redevelopment agreement is spelled out in a 63-page document naming Muhlenberg Urban Renewal LLC as the redeveloper of two condominiums, one with 186,000 square feet for medical uses and one for 120 residential units (39 1-bedrooms and 81 2-bedrooms). The redeveloper will obtain all necessary approvals for for the project and will commence construction within 90 days after closing or receiving all approvals.

Timelines call for completion of the residential portion within 30 months and the medical part within 66 months. Other terms include a $250,000 contribution to the city and cooperation with the city on a bike-share program. The redeveloper will also remediate any environmental conditions.

The full document can be downloaded from the agenda posted on the city website in Englishpdf and Spanish.

Tonight's combined meeting is the only one this month. An agenda-fixing session on Dec. 4 and a regular meeting on Dec. 11 will conclude the council's 2017 schedule.

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