UCCF 10/12/17: More Pay-To-Play

2017-825: Amending Resolution Number 2017-296, a Professional Engineering Service Contract with T&M Associates of Middletown, New Jersey to provide additional engineering services associated with the Groundwater Remediation and Monitoring at the Venneri Complex, Westfield, New Jersey in an amount not to exceed $112,500.00 for a new contract amount not to exceed $295,160.00. (Union County Engineering Project #2011-031)

2017-827: Amending Resolution Number 2017-70, a Professional On Call Environmental Engineering Service Contract with CME Associates of Parlin, New Jersey to provide additional services for the County of Union in an amount not to exceed $20,000.00 for a new contract amount not to exceed $40,000.00. (Union County Engineering Project Number 2016-047)

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UCCF 10/12/17: Pleading for Property-Tax Relief

There is a reason that New Jersey has the highest taxes and is still in the worst fiscal shape of any state in the nation and that reason is that taxpayers seeking relief and providing solutions are the anomaly:

Pleas from James Bennett:
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and Bruce Paterson:
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UCCF 9/28/17: Miscellany

2017-781: Authorizing the County Manager to enter into an agreement with NMS Laboratories, Willow Grove, PA, for post-mortem toxicology lab services, per the contract term of September 1, 2017 through September 30, 2019, not to exceed 100,000.00, for basic and expanded testing services.

2017-797: Authorizing the County Manager to award a Professional Architectural and Engineering Service Contract, through a Request for Proposal (RFP) process, to Rees Jones, Inc., of Montclair, New Jersey for design and construction administration services for the Galloping Hill Golf Course Improvements, Borough of Kenilworth, County of Union, New Jersey for an amount not to exceed $80,832.00. (Union County Engineering Project Number 2016-031)

2017-813: Authorizing the County Manager to sign any and all documents necessary to enter into a Collective Bargaining Agreement with the Parks Maintenance Association, with a contract period to be determined.

UCCF 9/28/17: Escalating Corrections Costs

2017-807: Amending Resolution Number 2016-331, extending the agreement with County of Essex Department of Corrections Newark, NJ through April 30, 2018 for an additional amount of $314,944.01 for the purpose of relocating Union County adult inmates to Essex County Correctional Facility during construction phase for contract period April 18, 2016 through April 30, 2018 for a new total amount not to exceed $2,284,212.20.
2017-808: Amending Resolution Number 2016-1029, extending the agreement with CEC, Inc. West Caldwell, NJ through June 30, 2018 for an additional (6) six months and for an additional amount of $1,513,695.27 for the purpose of providing comprehensive Inmate Substance Abuse Treatment and Residential Correctional Facility Services for Union County Jail inmates for the contract period of January 1, 2017 through June 30, 2018 for a new total amount not to exceed $4,013,695.27. This contract is funded through the State of New Jersey.

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Rogut Walks Away From Roselle Project

Tonight’s freeholder meeting had on the agenda a resolution introducing a new pay-to-player in the Roselle Mind & Body Complex saga:

2017-812: Resolution appointing Parker McCay to serve as Bond Counsel and provide bond counsel services in connection with the Borough of Roselle Community and Library Project and Roselle Board of Education Early Childhood Learning Center Project.

The reason for it and an update on the Project:
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New Bond Counsel?

Tonight’s freeholder meeting has on the agenda a resolution introducing a new pay-to-player in the Roselle Mind & Body Complex saga:

2017-813: Resolution appointing Parker McCay to serve as Bond Counsel and provide bond counsel services in connection with the Borough of Roselle Community and Library Project and Roselle Board of Education Early Childhood Learning Center Project.

By way of background, at the beginning of the year we had this resolution:

2017-11: Awarding a contract to Rogut McCarthy, LLC, Cranford, New Jersey to provide specialized counsel services in connection with the issuance of bonds, or notes by the County of Union from January 1, 2017 through December 31, 2017.

For some perspective, Rogut McCarthy, LLC has been paid $1,004,600 from 2004 through 2016 by Union County and has donated $249,305 to all politicians of which $148,48o went to Union County politicians. Parker McCay is a bigger fish having donated $2,752,859 to a lot more politicians with only $10,400 to those in Union County.

Does this mean that Rogut McCarthy, LLC is out or is Parker McCray only coming in for this Roselle project? That will be my question tonight.

UCCF 9/14/17: Bauch Out; Hatfield to Weiner

2017-763: Authorizing the County Manager to reflect a change from Bauch, Zucker Hatfield to Weiner Law Group for various litigation defense assignments and labor personnel matters.
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Bauch Zucker and Harfield has gotten $2,893,791 since mid-2008 and before that Schenck Price Smith & King, LLP got  $964,792 since 2004. Firms associated with Richard Bauch have donated at least $284,920 since 1998.