As a member of the council's Recreation Committee (Councilwoman Rivers is the other), I was gratified to see such a nice turnout for the weekend's festivities--the parade as well as the annual fireworks display. Some residents asked me about the concert for this year, and I let them know that the Plainfield Concert in Cedar Brook Park will take place on Saturday, September 13. This change has been discussed and I am glad that we can make everyone aware of the new date. A few individuals expressed disappointment that everything was not held on Saturday, July 5, but I reminded them that the city council failed to approve the contract for the vendor, BKS-1 Productions, a Plainfield-based company, at the May council meeting.
Although the contract was below the bid threshold, the administration brought it before the council for a vote to ensure transparency (just as with the videography contract). In any
case, of the 3 required quotes, the vendor that was selected is a
Plainfield-based company (as opposed to who "anonymous" and the mayor
wanted)and it was absolutely not an "extremely high bid"--again, it was
not a "bid"--it was a quote. For items below the bid threshold, the
administration is required to get three quotes (not bids), which they did. The members of the council's Recreation Committee were made aware of those three quotes. The administration chose the company it thought would be best.
Here's the rub: The May resolution was PASSED
UNANIMOUSLY by the council, but then RESCINDED after a previous vendor
and the former mayor came and complained that he (the previous vendor)
wasn't chosen. Unbelievably, the council then brought the resolution BACK to the table, and
then--unbelievably--voted AGAINST it, having enough votes to have it fail. Thus, May ended without a resolution, which meant that the next time a resolution could potentially come before us for passage was June 16--barely 3 weeks before the July 5th date.
The concert will now take place on Saturday, September 13, and I look forward to it. I am glad that there will be adequate time for planning as well. Also, you will be happy to know that there is a concert being sponsored by the Union County Freeholders in August--also to be held in Cedar Brook Park. That means we will have TWO wonderful concerts this summer!