PLAINFIELD, NJ — The Plainfield Municipal Utilities Authority reorganized at its Tuesday meeting, with a change in the leadership team of commissioners. Participants also learned that Executive Director Eric Jackson, who missed December’s meeting, is recovering from COVID-19.

Henry Robinson replaces Miguel Edghill as chairperson, with Robin Bright installed as vice chair. Edghill steps into the treasurer position, and Pedro Estevez replaces Bright as secretary.

The rest of the agenda included the passage of resolutions to appoint — or reappoint — professionals for engineering, general counsel, auditing services and more. You can see the list of resolutions herepdf.

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Director Jackson said Councilors Ashley Davis and Sean McKenna have been assigned as PMUA liaisons with the City of Plainfield for 2021.

Jackson also said one employee is currently out due to COVID-19, and stated the authority continues to follow protocols to ward off the virus. “To date, we have a total of 17 employees who have tested positive for the virus. This represents right around approximately 15% of our workforce."

Jackson’s report on the Association of Environmental Authorities noted vaccinations for employees at entities like the PMUA are being pushed up the priority ladder.

He said of a rates, rules and regulations revision, “We have moved that back from this month to March with Ron Madison to do the revision update, along with Kevin Johnson, for that public hearing at our March meeting."

Deputy Director and Chief Financial Officer Beverly Morris-Gill said the authority submitted its fourth request to Union County for COVID expenses. “This would represent 100% recovery of the estimated expenses.”

Bright asked her if bulky waste disposal costs are on trend or less than what the authority usually sees. Gill responded, saying, “It does look a little lower” for the two-month period in question. According to an October 9 notice on its website, the PMUA indicated it was at capacity for bulk pickups through the remainder of 2020 due to constraints of COVID-19.

 

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