PLAINFIELD, NJ — The agenda for Tuesday’s Plainfield City Council meeting, 7 p.m. in Municipal Court/Council Chambers at 325 Watchung Avenue, includes a “discussion item” stating “PMUA representatives will be present to provide brief updates to the governing body.”
The Plainfield Municipal Utilities Authority provides services including solid waste and recycling pickup, maintenance of sewer lines and operation of the Rock Avenue transfer station. The Authority also contracts with other municipalities to provide services.
Residents have raised questions about the PMUA, including its rates and how the Authority is checking sewer capacity for new development, but the format does not appear to allow questions from the public during the “discussion.” The public can speak on any topic at a comment period before the council adjourns.
The unforeseen “emergency situation” is described in Resolution R299-19:
“An emergency has arisen with respect to the Current Fund whereby several employees are to be paid back wages for reinstatements of their position, legal requirements or due to contract requirements and no adequate provision was made in the 2019 budget for the aforesaid purpose.”
The administration can make an emergency appropriation to be paid out of the 2020 budget if the amount is less than 3 percent ($2,304,249) of the current budget. No names or job titles are mentioned in the resolution.