PLAINFIELD, NJ — Plainfielders gathered Monday to honor their own for service and accomplishments, including seven women “who have made a positive impact” on the city.
Councilwoman Ashley Davis led with a resolution acknowledging the week of March 8 as “Girl Scout Week,” followed by Council Vice President Elton Armady with a resolution congratulating Deputy Chief Mike McCue on completing 41 years of service with the Plainfield Fire Department.
Each City Council member also selected an accomplished woman to honor for Women’s History Month. Councilman Charles McRae selected Realtor Valerie Eliis, while Joylette Mills-Ransome chose Alice Logie, known for her work with the League of Women Voters and also helping the city acquire the First Unitarian Church building, now the Plainfield Performing Arts Center. Councilwoman Ashley Davis honored Leslie A. Anderson, who began her career in economic development in Plainfield and now is CEO of the NJ Redevelopment Authority.
Local historian and activist Nancy Piwowar was the honoree of Councilman Barry Goode, while Armady named Geri Agurs, a member of the Plainfield High School Hall of Fame who has earned several degrees. Marion Lee Johnson was Council President Steve Hockaday’s choice, for her success in space flight with the Apollo 11 and Saturn V missions.
Councilman Sean McKenna deferred honors to Mary Burgwinkle, Esq. to a later date.
The resolutions were among 33 approved all at once on a consent agenda, which included congratulations to Dr. Harold Yood, a longtime city physician and more recently a blogger on city affairs, who turned 100 on Feb. 23.
In public comment, resident Timothy Priano objected to a contract for $36,000 with the Aubrey Group, saying he couldn’t find a website for the company. Council members also questioned the company’s status, but the measure passed, 4-3, with McKenna, Davis and Armady voting “no.”
McKenna and Davis opposed borrowing more than $2 million for a pedestrian mall, which passed 5-2.
Among ordinances passed on first reading, one for a financial agreement with TODD West Urban Renewal did so 6-1, despite McKenna’s “absolutely no” because it preceded a redevelopment plan. Economic Development Director Valerie Jackson said the redevelopment plan was in the works and second reading of the ordinance could be postponed, but Redevelopment Attorney Jennifer Credidio said the idea is that the two aspects “will rise and fall together.”
“Either way is perfectly viable,” Credidio said.
The measure passed, 6-1, with McKenna dissenting.
The council will next hold an agenda-fixing session on April 6 and a regular meeting on April 13, both at 7 p.m. in Municipal Court, 325 Watchung Avenue.
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