Mayor
Lawrence La Ronde
Mayor Lawrence La Ronde


The Mayor is responsible for the day to day operations of the Borough as well as ensuring the enforcement of the legislation passed by the Council.

How Our Borough Government Works

There are three sections of the government:

    • Mayor and Administration - responsible for the day to day operations of the Borough.
    • Council - responsible for creating resolutions and ordinances.
    • Board of Education - responsible for the administration of education.

Your tax bill is actually split into two sections:  one that goes to the Board of Education and one that goes to the Borough Administration.  Neither one has any control over the other and the funds are not shared or co-mingled or transferred back and forth in any way.

The following is reproduced with permission of the North Plainfield Democratic Club:


Ordinances

The Borough Council action may take either form of an ordinance or a resolution.  Ordinances are municipal legislation, usually of a permanent effect, enacted by the Council.  There is a specified procedure for passing an ordinance.  First, it must be brought up at an Agenda Session, at which time the Council decides whether or not to introduce it at a public meeting.  The formal introduction, also known as a First Reading, requires four votes.  Following introduction, the ordinance is published in the Courier-News with reprints available at the Borough Clerk's office.  Two weeks later, the item is read again, and a public hearing is held for citizens who want to address the Council on the matter in question.  After the hearing the Council votes upon the ordinance, four votes being required for passage.  The ordinance must then be signed by the Mayor, and takes effect 20 days later.


Resolutions

Many official actions of the Borough may be accomplished by a resolution of the Council.  These include approval of the annual municipal budget, contracts, mayoral appointments, and other miscellaneous matters.  Resolutions, except for the annual municipal budget, do not require a public hearing, or a second reading.   Usually, they are read at the public meeting, voted upon, and take effect immediately.


Privilege of the Floor

Per each Council meeting agenda, a privilege of the floor is granted at the beginning of the Council Agenda Conference Meeting, at the end of every Regular Council Meeting, and at the beginning of all public hearings for ordinances and annual municipal budgets.  At these designated times, any person may address the Council through the Council President on matters of concern.  There is a five (5) minute time limit for each speaker and a person may speak only once at each occasion.  Appropriate times for public comment are clearly marked on the meeting agenda.


Executive Session

Occasionally, the Council may find it necessary to interrupt a public meeting to hold an executive session.  Generally, this is done for matters regarding litigation, contracts, and/or personnel.


Agenda Session

Before an action is taken at a public meeting, it is usually discussed by the Council at an Agenda Session.  Agenda Sessions are work sessions open to the public.

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Upcoming Events (90 Days)
Monday 18 January 2021
All day
Martin Luther King Jr. Day - Borough Hall and Schools Closed
Tuesday 19 January 2021
5:30PM
National Moment of Unity and Remembrance
7:00PM - 8:30PM
Eating Well on A Budget with Healthy Food
7:30PM
Parks & Rec Meeting
7:30PM
Council Meeting
7:30PM
Library Advisory Committee Meeting
Wednesday 20 January 2021
All day
Inauguration Day
7:00PM
Board of Adjustment
7:30PM
Board of Education
Thursday 21 January 2021
7:00PM - 8:00PM
Virtual Book Discussion Salon: "The Eyre Affair" by Jasper Fforde
Friday 22 January 2021
10:00AM - 2:00PM
FREE COVID-!( TESTING
11:00AM - 12:00PM
Online Job Searching
Saturday 23 January 2021
10:00AM - 12:00PM
Food Bank Open today
Monday 25 January 2021
7:30PM
Council Meeting
Tuesday 26 January 2021
7:00PM - 8:00PM
George Washington's Winter Encampments And the Winning of American Independence
7:00PM
Historic Preservation Commission Meeting
Wednesday 27 January 2021
7:00PM - 8:00PM
Self-Care - Filling Up Your Cup
7:00PM
Planning Board
Friday 29 January 2021
12:00PM - 1:00PM
Meet the Author: Ana Homayoun: Social Media Wellness (grades 6-12 and caregivers)
Sunday 31 January 2021
12:30PM
Neighbors Feeding Neighbors
Monday 1 February 2021
7:00PM - 8:00PM
A Black News Service for America: Presented by Dr. Lawrence Hogan
Tuesday 2 February 2021
All day
Groundhog Day
7:00PM - 8:00PM
Manage Stress, Manage Your Heart Health
Wednesday 3 February 2021
7:00PM
Board of Adjustment
7:30PM
Board of Education
Thursday 4 February 2021
All day
Rosa Parks Day
6:00PM
Architectural Design Review Board
7:00PM - 8:00PM
Frederick Douglass’s Relevance For the 21st Century’s Black Lives Matter Protests
Saturday 6 February 2021
8:00AM - 12:00PM
E-Waste Drop-off
8:00AM - 2:00PM
First Saturday Drop-off
Monday 8 February 2021
5:00PM
Shade Tree Advisory Board
7:30PM
Council Meeting
Tuesday 9 February 2021
7:00PM - 8:00PM
The Civil Rights Movement and Organized Labor
Wednesday 10 February 2021
7:00PM - 8:00PM
Webinar Búsqueda de Empleo: Clases en línea para hispanohablantes
7:00PM
Planning Board
Friday 12 February 2021
All day
Lincoln's Birthday - Borough Hall Closed
All day
Chinese New Year
2:00PM - 3:00PM
Lincoln: Our Most Inspirational President?
Sunday 14 February 2021
All day
Valentine's Day
Monday 15 February 2021
All day
Presidents Day
Wednesday 17 February 2021
7:00PM - 8:00PM
Harriet Hemmings and the Pursuit of Happiness: The Story of Thomas Jefferson’s Enslaved Daughter
7:00PM
Board of Adjustment
7:30PM
Board of Education
Thursday 18 February 2021
7:00PM - 8:00PM
Virtual Book Discussion Salon: "Educated" by Tara Westover
Saturday 20 February 2021
10:00AM - 12:00PM
Food Bank Open Today
Monday 22 February 2021
7:30PM
Council Meeting
Tuesday 23 February 2021
7:00PM - 8:00PM
The World Changed, so Did the Music
7:00PM
Historic Preservation Commission Meeting
Wednesday 24 February 2021
7:00PM
Planning Board
Thursday 25 February 2021
7:00PM - 8:00PM
Representative John Lewis Joins the Pantheon of Our Strong Black Ancestors
Friday 26 February 2021
All day
Purim
Saturday 27 February 2021
10:00AM - 12:00PM
Food Bank Open Today
Sunday 28 February 2021
12:30PM
Neighbors Feeding Neighbors
Tuesday 2 March 2021
All day
Read Across America Day
Wednesday 3 March 2021
7:00PM
Board of Adjustment
7:30PM
Board of Education
Thursday 4 March 2021
6:00PM
Architectural Design Review Board
Friday 5 March 2021
All day
Employee Appreciation Day
Saturday 6 March 2021
8:00AM - 12:00PM
E-Waste Drop-off
8:00AM - 2:00PM
First Saturday Drop-off
Monday 8 March 2021
5:00PM
Shade Tree Advisory Board
7:30PM
Council Meeting
Wednesday 10 March 2021
7:00PM
Planning Board
Sunday 14 March 2021
All day
Daylight Savings Time Starts!
Tuesday 16 March 2021
7:30PM
Library Advisory Committee Meeting
Wednesday 17 March 2021
All day
St. Patrick's Day
7:00PM
Board of Adjustment
7:30PM
Board of Education
Saturday 20 March 2021
All day
Spring Begins!
10:00AM - 12:00PM
Food Bank Open Today
Monday 22 March 2021
7:30PM
Council Meeting
Wednesday 24 March 2021
7:00PM
Planning Board
Saturday 27 March 2021
10:00AM - 12:00PM
Food Bank Open Today
Sunday 28 March 2021
All day
First Day Of Passover
12:30PM
Neighbors Feeding Neighbors
Tuesday 30 March 2021
7:00PM
Historic Preservation Commission Meeting
Thursday 1 April 2021
6:00PM
Architectural Design Review Board
Friday 2 April 2021
All day
Good Friday - Borough Hall Closed
Saturday 3 April 2021
8:00AM - 12:00PM
E-Waste Drop-off
8:00AM - 2:00PM
First Saturday Drop-off
Sunday 4 April 2021
All day
Last Day of Passover
All day
Easter
Tuesday 6 April 2021
All day
National Library Workers' Day
Wednesday 7 April 2021
7:00PM
Board of Adjustment
7:30PM
Board of Education
Monday 12 April 2021
5:00PM
Shade Tree Advisory Board
7:30PM
Council Meeting
Tuesday 13 April 2021
All day
Ramadan Starts
Wednesday 14 April 2021
7:00PM
Planning Board
Thursday 15 April 2021
All day
Tax Day
Saturday 17 April 2021
10:00AM - 12:00PM
Food Bank Open Today

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