Fire Union asking for $634,000 increase in three-year contract

Steven Girard, contract attorney, advises the Plainfield Township Board of the total costs of demands in the negotiation of a firefighter contracts over the next three years. Negotiations are stalled on 25 issues—15 from the union and 10 from the township.

Plainfield, union negotiations ‘distressed’ by BETH ALTENA Negotiations between Plainfield Township and the fire union are stalled at 25 proposals for the contract for the township’s 11 full-time firefighters. Fifteen of the proposals are from the union, and ten are from Plainfield Township. On Tuesday, August 5, Steven Girard, township attorney in the negotiations, outlined […]

Plainfield Township to increase lighting assessment across the board

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Move is to match real costs ‘It really is minimal,’ says assistant manager by BETH ALTENA Because Consumers Energy rates now rise so regularly and by larger amounts than in years past, Plainfield Township has been unable to match residential payment for street lighting to the residential districts who should be paying for their own […]

Bond refunding will save township $55,000

Township Manager Robert Homan talks to the Plainfield Board of Trustees regarding refunding (refinancing) water bonds. The board held a special meeting to discuss the plan along with other agenda items.

by BETH ALTENA Low interest rates are a pain to investors but a chance to save badly needed money for those borrowing. Plainfield Township voted Monday, August 29 at a special meeting, to refund (refinance) 2001 water bonds at a lower interest rate, which will save the township $55,000 over the remaining three years of […]

Plainfield swears in new board member

Township Clerk Scott Harvey swears in Kathlene Bottema as new board member for Plainfield Township Board of Trustees on August 1. Bottema was one of 12 residents who were considered to replace Trustee Rebecca Borek, who resigned this summer.

Plainfield negotiates settlement with Road Commission over canceled project

Township to reimburse $88,653  by BETH ALTENA The Plainfield Township Board in July voted to reimburse the Kent County Road Commission (KCRC) $88,400 the commission invested in an approved widening of Belmont Road that was later cancelled. The KCRC in 2009 proposed the project, which was to be funded mainly by $900,000 in federal grants […]