Wednesday, May 16, 2012
Public Safety: A Core Issue
I just read a Courier-News editorial posted on the "Plainfield Today" blog. I must say, I am not surprised at the fact that, in the wake of ten shootings in our city over the past month, Mayor Sharon Robinson-Briggs was quoted as saying, “I’d like to assure the residents of Plainfield that this situation is under control.” As the editorial (which appeared in Saturday's paper) noted, this oddly blithe comment isn't comforting to the residents when it is rather clear that she doesn't have it under control. The paper takes her to task for once again demonstrating a lack of leadership. Click here for the editorial in its entirety.
Empty platitudes, hand-wringing, and finding some way to blame the city council (forthcoming, I'm sure) for whatever strikes her fancy are part and parcel of the "leadership" style of the mayor. "Dismaying" is the kindest word I can use to describe how it feels to be a part of a governing body where, at the Monday night meeting, the mayor (as usual) lit into Council President Mapp with snide and near-paranoid speculations on his political aspirations, mentioned that one of her suggestions for the Queen City Baseball League was that the league dissolve, but said not a single word about the ten shootings.
Ten shootings, and she and her surrogates prefer to bicker about baseball. Yes, it's dismaying, to say the least. As of this writing, I have seen no press release or comment to the residents of Plainfield about the incidents on the city's website. I am sure, however, that one will be posted tout de suite and, as usual, a day late and a dollar short.
I sit on the council's Public Safety Committee, and I try to meet and talk with Public Safety Director Hellwig as often as I can to find out what is being done to ensure our safety as a community. The City Council will be holding a Town Hall Meeting on Tuesday, May 29th at 7:00 pm at the Plainfield Senior Citizens Center, located at 400 East Front Street. I will request that Director Hellwig be there to answer the council's concerns as well as the concerns of you, the residents.
Public Safety is a core issue, and you deserve to know what is being done to protect you, your children, your family, your neighbors, and your city.