PLAINFIELD, NJ - The Plainfield Municipal Utilities Authority, which provides solid waste and sewer services to the city, held its annual reorganization Tuesday, selecting Commissioner Miguel Edghill as chairman.
Also serving for a year are Commissioner Henry V. Robinson as vice chairman, Commissioner Michelle Graham-Lyons as treasurer and Commissioner Robin Bright as secretary. The board also approved a calendar, official newspapers, professional service providers and contracts.
Introduction of the 2018 sewer and solid waste budgets will be on the March 13 agenda. They are delayed “pending certification of certain revenues,” Chief Financial Officer Duane Young said.
Executive Director Daniel Mejias described an ongoing program to increase environmental awareness in the Plainfield schools, at the Senior Center, among block associations and at street fairs, with a focus on how to handle waste. The authority picks up household garbage and two types of recyclables on separate schedules. The complete 2018 pickup schedule is posted at pmua.info in English and Spanish. Mejias said the authority is “working to enforce recycling mandates” in 2018.
In public comment, Plainfield resident Alan Goldstein asked whether approval of an auditing firm had been taken off the table. Goldstein had raised questions about the firm in a letter to the editor Saturday. Edghill said the matter had been taken to an attorney. After the meeting, Goldstein said he was “glad they have an open mind” and will take time to research. He said all too often decisions are made without being thought out, which he called “a deficiency in local government.”