From Plainfield City Hall
  Mayor Adrian O. Mapp
One Plainfield.  One Future.
I wanted to take this opportunity to connect with you and give you some updates on recent developments, opportunities, and important initiatives.

Wishing you and family a great weekend!

Creating,
One Plainfield - One Future

Adrian O. Mapp
Mayor Adrian O. Mapp
City of Plainfield

Public Question #3 on the Ballot: The Benefits to Plainfield
On November 4, 2014, you and I will have the opportunity to support Public Question #3 on the ballot.  Public Question #3 centers around the creation of an Open Space and Recreation Trust Fund. Below are some of the great benefits of supporting this fund:
  • Support will result in more funds to expand and maintain the City's recreational facilities.
  • Will help with the creation of multi-sports facilities throughout the City.
  • Preserve cultural heritage and features within the City.
  • It's an investment in our kids and in their future.
* To watch this informative video - which illustrates the benefits of supporting Public Question #3 - Click on the link below:   
Link to Public Question #3 Video 
Raritan Valley Line One Seat Ride Update

As the Mayor of Plainfield, I am a member of the RVRC (Raritan Valley Rail Coalition) of Mayors.  The RVRC of Mayors participated in a special meeting held last Monday evening in Cranford. 

 

Originally planned for November 2014 was the availability of a one-seat service after 8PM.  However, NJ Transit stated it did not have funding in place to begin this next phase of implementation.  NJ Transit will be seeking additional funding through grants to enable the implementation of the after 8 p.m. phase of the one-seat service starting in January of 2015.                      

I strongly believe this brings us one step closer to the goal of one-seat service during peak hours. 


 

This will dramatically impact Plainfield's property values and enhance our Transit Village.  My Administration is working with elected officials to help us achieve all phases of the one-seat service to NYC - Stay tuned for further developments regarding this project.

Honoring Our Veterans with the Plainfield Veterans' Center
Our Plainfield Veterans and their families have sacrificed much protecting our freedoms and our great country. There will be a Veterans' Day Ceremony in front of City Hall on November 11, 2014 at 11AM.  

I am proud to announce, that following the Veterans' Day Ceremony at City Hall, I will be performing an historic ribbon-cutting and grand opening ceremony, and will immediately turn the center over to the veterans. The Plainfield Veterans' Center is located at 400 East Front Street, Plainfield, NJ.

Together, let us show our support to our brave men and women by attending the Veterans' Day events on November 11, 2014.  

Watch this PSA in honor of our Veterans by clicking the link below:
Link to Veterans' PSA 
Muhlenberg Development Update

My commitment to bringing health care services to the residents of Plainfield have never been stronger.  I have an update from my administration regarding the Muhlenberg property.     The Planning Division has submitted a resolution to the City Council requesting the Planning Board to conduct an Investigation and to undertake the research necessary to make a determination if the area should be declared in need of redevelopment. There are three steps in this process:

  1. The Need for a Redevelopment Study - Council adopts resolution directing Planning Board (PB) to undertake study.  Planning Staff prepares report - Planning Board holds public hearing - PB adopts resolution - Planning Division prepares Council resolution for their adoption formally declaring the area in need of redevelopment and directing the PB to prepare the redevelopment plan.
  2. Planning Board hires a planning firm to prepare plan.  Consultant prepares drafts of plan with PB input - PB holds meetings to review drafts - Finally approves of plan and forwards to Council for their review and adoption.  Council holds a public hearing on the plan - Adopts it - becomes effective 20 days later - Planning Division updates Zoning map sends out required notices  - Plan is now part of Zoning Plan/map of city 
  3. City Council designates redeveloper who submits  site plans to PB - PB reviews them for plan consistency and after positive findings, approves site plan just like any other site plan 

Stay tuned for further updates on this important issue from my Administration.

Ebola Updates from the White House and Union County 

Important Information on the battle against Ebola from both Federal and County levels.

I firmly believe the residents of Plainfield need up-to-date information concerning the developments of the Ebola virus.  As we have learned from the News, our brave healthcare workers who have contracted the Ebola virus from treating infected patients are recovering, while there are some who are challenging the mandatory quarantine as their symptoms have faded.  I feel it is important to keep you informed on this important healthcare topic.   

By Clicking on this Link, you will have access to Union County Division of Emergency - Ebola Response and Handling Guidelines.


You can also view President Obama's briefing on our efforts against the  Ebola virus:

Weekly Address: Focused on the Fight Against Ebola
Weekly Address: Focused on the Fight Against Ebola
Public Safety & Affairs Update
2014 Fire Prevention Fair
My Administration held the 2014 Fire Prevention Fair on Saturday, October 18, 2014 in the 100 Block of North Avenue, and it was a huge success. More than 400 children participated in the events of the fair.  The Fire Safety House trailer was utilized to place children in a realistic, yet safe simulated fire environment that they would experience within their homes and teach them how to escape in an emergency.  Plainfield residents were also able to sign up for smoke detectors from the Fire Division for those who did not have them in their homes. The importance of carbon monoxide detectors and a fire safety plan was stressed for all who attended.    

The Union County Gun Buy Back Program
The Gun Buy Back Program funded by Union County was held on Saturday, October 25, 2014.  I am happy to announce It was a success for our City with a total of 263 guns turned in.  Last Saturday's program will mark the second gun buyback program held in many years in Union County. Last July more than 1,000 guns were collected through a gun buyback conducted in Elizabeth, Linden, and Plainfield, marking one of the most successful buybacks conducted throughout the state in conjunction with the New Jersey Office of the Attorney General.
Update on Tax Lien Sales
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My Administration has been working diligently in getting our "Fiscal House in Order."  Part of that effort includes dealing with properties that otherwise were not providing revenue to the City before my Administration came into office.              The recent tax sale brought in revenues of over $1.4 million.
Mapping Out the Plainfield Volunteer Corp! 
I NEED YOUR HELP!  Have you ever thought of getting involved by lending your expertise or experience to a cause that will benefit Plainfield?  If your answer is yes, you will be interested to know that I am in the process of Mapping out the Plainfield Volunteer Corp.  Whether you are a teacher, engineer, carpenter, lawyer, retiree, gardener or an individual that wants to make a difference  - the Mapp Administration wants you!  To sign up for the Mapp Volunteer Corp or to obtain details, send an email with your request and resume to: john.stewart@plainfieldnj.gov
Light Up Plainfield Initiative
As a result of my many travels and visits to the different areas of Plainfield in the evening with my Director of Public Safety and Affairs - Carl Riley, I have started an initiative called "Light Up Plainfield."  The lack of proper lighting impacts the quality of life and public safety for the residents of our city. The Division of Public Works in collaboration with the Police Division and PSE&G representatives have identified areas in need of improved lighting.

 

I am happy to report the Public Works Division has received and processed over 135 light bulb replacement requests. Generally bulb replacement requests take 5-7 business days to complete. PSE&G has indicated that 95% have been completed. My Administration continues to process additional requests as they are reported.

 

Stay tuned for further updates on the "Light Up Plainfield" Initiative.

Save the Date!
I encourage Plainfield residents to attend the next Green Brook Flood Control Commission meeting.  Residents can lean more about the Commission's goals for a comprehensive flood control solution for the entire Green Brook Basin, which impacts residents of Plainfield.  The next scheduled meeting of the Green Brook Flood Control Commission is Wednesday, November 5, 2014 at the Plainfield Public Library, 800 Park Avenue, Plainfield, NJ at 7:30 PM. 
For more information:
Call Tina Totten 908-755-3224 
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