The Business of the City: Miscellaneous

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

City Council Town Hall Meeting Tonight at Clinton K-8 Center, 4th Ward

Clinton K-8 Center, 1302 W. 4th St. (at Clinton Ave.)

Please note this is another slightly revised iteration from an earlier blog post--updated a bit!

Dear residents, 

The Plainfield City Council will be holding its fourth Town Hall Meeting this evening, Wednesday, May 11, from 7:00-9:00 pm at Clinton K-8 Center, located in Plainfield's 4th Ward, at 1302 West Fourth Street City council town halls offer an opportunity for you to speak directly to the council about issues of concern facing our city. 

The residents at some of the previous town halls have voiced their thoughts and feelings on rising taxes, public safety issues, gang violence, the extremely high murder rate in the first quarter of this year, lack of job opportunities, road reconstruction, speeding, PMUA fees, home foreclosures, code enforcement, the investigation into misappropriation and possibly illegal use of city funds without council knowledge or approval, low turnout for city recreation programs, flood zone maps, government wastefulness, unfilled mayoral cabinet positions, and lack of responsiveness on the part of the administration to the residents. 

Although some of these issues are beyond the ability of the city council to resolve (as we are legally constrained from being involved in the day-to-day operations of the city), please know that all your concerns will be directly and immediately communicated to the mayor (who is also the acting city administrator) and that the council will make sure there is accountability to you as residents regarding how public funds are allocated and spent. In addition, we will be sure to direct you to the appropriate division or department so that you have the ability to follow up on your own as well.

These town halls are designed for US to hear from YOU, not the other way around. As one with a tendency to be verbose (lol), I will certainly keep that in mind (if called upon to respond directly), and I pledge to you that will keep my responses brief. You can also reach me at another time to talk more in-depth.

I am hopeful that this final town hall meeting will be filled to capacity with residents who want to work with the council to help move our city forward--I was heartened by the desire on the part of many of those in attendance at the first three to volunteer their expertise (financial, legal, etc.) to the city!

As your 2nd and 3rd Ward Councilor At-Large, however, I may call additional town meetings of my own to hear from those of you who are unable to attend this current round. As always, you may reach out to me via cell phone or email (at left).

All best,


1 comment:

  1. I don't care about town hall meetings. When are my taxes going down? When are the murders going to stop? When are we going to have jobs in Plainfield?