Saturday, March 10, 2012
PMUA: The State Takes a Look; Task Force Report Special Meeting March 19 at Washington School
Dan Damon has reported that the state will be looking into the recent MILLION DOLLAR-PLUS "settlement" that the PMUA commissioners voted to give to former Executive Director Eric Watson and Deputy Director David Ervin, both of whom resigned from their jobs last year. What ratepayers found especially egregious about this so-called "settlement" was that two commissioners (Dunn and alternate Sanders) violated the ongoing arbitration process to discuss settling with these two recently-resigned employees.
Complaints were filed with the Office of the Governor, the Comptroller, and the DCA by hundreds of Plainfield residents and ratepayers. Click HERE for Dan's report. It is up to all ratepayers and residents, as well as elected officials, to follow the proceedings closely. Here is a story from a little over a year ago on the Passaic Valley Sewerage Commission, which was found to be filled with abuses: Records reveal Passaic Valley Sewerage Commission a gold mine for insiders
Also, the City Council has scheduled a joint meeting with the PMUA Task Force (charged with looking into the operations of the PMUA) for Monday, March 19, at 7:00 pm at Washington Community School (427 Darrow Avenue). Complaints about the authority's extremely high rates (in comparison to those of surrounding areas) and questions about waste and possible fraud led to the formation of this council task force. The Task Force will deliver its report and recommendations to the council. It behooves residents to attend, as there will be an opportunity to once again make your voices heard.