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New Board Will Manage Plainfield’s Special Improvement District

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Plainfield’s June 18 City Council meeting agenda includes seven mayoral nominees to the newly-created Central Business District Advisory Board that will govern a management corporation for the Special Improvement District.

Besides reflecting Plainfield’s well-known diversity, board members span a range of professions, from dentist to developer, plus favorite food purveyors. The board will start with staggered terms and will get an extra half-year added to each, as it is being established mid- year.

The combined agenda-fixing and regular City Council meeting begins at 7 p.m. in Municipal Court, 325 Watchung Ave.

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Here are the nominees and their terms:

Joe Deserio, 1304 South Avenue #4. Initial Appointment for a 3 year term ending 12/31/2020

Dr. Bindu Sachdeva, 211 West Front Street. Initial Appointment for a 3 year term ending 12/31/2020

Miguel Vargas, 534 South Avenue. Initial Appointment for a 3 year term ending 12/31/2020

Jose Zapata, 25 Watchung Avenue. Initial Appointment for a 2 year term ending 12/31/2019

Karen Thompson, 234 West Front Street. Initial Appointment for a 2 year term ending 12/31/2019

Mario Camino, 111 Park Avenue. Initial Appointment for a 1 year term ending 12/31/2019

John Barclay, 211 North Avenue. Initial Appointment for a 1 year term ending 12/31/2019

The board will govern the Central Business District Management Corporation, which was created by ordinance to replace the organization that was in charge of the Special Improvement District since its inception in 2004. Business owner Nimrod Webb had just been re-elected president of the organization in November, when he spoke out against the change. Webb said a mayoral designee and three City Council members were supposed to attend SID meetings but rarely took part, except for former Councilwoman Gloria Taylor.

Webb said the city was trading a “democratic, private, non-profit SID” for a “municipal SID.”

The former SID management sent a quarterly newspaper to all Plainfield households, listing businesses by category and publicizing community events they organized, such as winter holiday trolley rides and downtown block parties. SID activities were funded by a special tax on businesses within the district, which includes Plainfield’s downtown and the South Avenue business corridor.

See previous article Plainfield SID changes approved

Mayor Adrian O. Mapp has also offered the following names and terms to the City Council for the District Management Corporation:

Maritza Martinez, 141 E. Front Street, Initial Appointment for a 3 year term ending 12/31/2020;

 Yvette Homer, 203 Park Avenue, Initial Appointment for a 3 year term ending 12/31/2020;

Jim Jacocks, 861 South Avenue, Initial Appointment for a 3 year term ending 12/31/2020;

Alejo Alonso, 166 East Front Street, Initial Appointment for a 2 year term ending 12/31/2019;

Clecia R. Thompson, 1125 South Avenue, Initial Appointment for a 2 year term ending 12/31/2019;

Donna Albanese, 1367 South Avenue, Initial Appointment for a 1 year term ending 12/31/2018;

Jeff Spelman, 1359 South Avenue, Initial Appointment for a 1 year term ending 12/31/2018.

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