PLAINFIELD, NJ — City Council members will meet Monday at 7 p.m. via Zoom for the September Combined Agenda Session. Join the Zoom Meeting Here. A hot topic include deer management.

Mayor Adrian O. Mapp is requesting the appointment of Abby Levenson as Business Administrator; she is also the city's current Human Resources Director. According to her LinkedIn profile, Levenson has been heading up the Personnel Division in Plainfield since June 2018. Prior to that, she was the Personnel Director for the City of Paterson for three years.

A virtual presentation will provide an overview of the plan, design and safety improvements at five intersections in town. The agenda does not indicate where these intersections are located.

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Resolution 257-20 approval would authorize an amendment to the calendar year 2020 municipal budget to insert seven items totaling $635,498.65.

A Police Department resolution would authorize the approval of a five-year contract renewal with Axon International, Inc. for the maintenance and storage of body worn cameras, in the amount of $505,730.00.

A Fire Department resolution would authorize the acceptance of a federal grant to purchase equipment, and to provide rescue training, in the amount of $415,847.82.

Resolution 262-20 would authorize the implementation of a deer management program.

In November 2018, then Council President Charles McRae said there were no plans for such a program. Earlier that year, a bow and arrow hunt in the Cushing Road Retention Basin drew sharp criticism from the Animal Initiative Committee of Plainfield group that asked the City Council to “rescind the invitation to the County for this kill.

In September 2019, Shep Brown, Director of Health and Social Services, stated that both the mayor and the administration did not support any killing and hunting of deer.  According to Brown, the department planned to develop a public education and outreach plan for residents to address issues like Lyme disease, and to reduce environmental factors that might attract deer.

The Department of Economic Development's resolution 271-20 requests authorization to transfer up to $200,000 from the existing UEZ sign & facade grant program to assist in the beautification and growth of local businesses.

Approval of that department's resolution 273-20 would designate 187-191 North Avenue Urban Renewal LLC as the redeveloper for redevelopment of property at 187-191 North Avenue, near Jesus Embroidery.

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