UCCF 10/11/18: Waste in Union County

With all the bombast over shared services we still have this in Union County:

2018-872: Authorizing the County Manager to award the proposed contract obtained through advertised public bidding in accordance with the Local Public Contracts Law, NJSA 40A:11-1 et seq: Engineering, Public Works & Facilities Management, Division of Facilities Management: T. Farese & Sons’s, Newark, NJ, for the purpose of providing Waste Disposal Services at various locations throughout the County. The contract period shall be for twenty-four (24) consecutive months with the provision for one (1) twenty-four (24) month optional extension commencing upon contract extension. The contract will commence on November 1, 2018 through October 31, 2020, with a total contract amount not to exceed $424,728.91.

The amount was substantially higher than the last contract:
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The 21 properties all across Union County:
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So why can’t the municipalities pick up the county garbage at a little extra cost instead of having the county bill their taxpayers for this special pickup? That question was asked.

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Union County To Close Juvenile Detention Center

The 82 employees of the Union County Juvenile Detention Center in Linden found out about the closing yesterday so there was no organized resistance against this resolution that passed unanimously at tonight;’s meeting:

2018-841: Authorizing the County Manager to enter into a shared service agreement with Essex County, Newark, NJ for the purpose of housing Union County Juveniles both males and females for a term of five years, with a five year option to renew, at a daily per diem of $217.41 exclusive of medical and educational services, plus 2% annual increase with no minimum guarantee.

This is how it played out at the meeting, starting with the announcement:
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T&M Checks (and Balances?)

2018-745: Amending Resolution Number 2017-220, adopted March 9, 2017, a Professional Licensed Site Remediation Professional (LSRP) Service contract with T&M Associates of Middletown, New Jersey, to provide ongoing LSRP Environmental Services associated with the Meisel Park Project for an amount not to exceed $9,450.00 for a new contract amount not to exceed $59,050.00. (NJDEP Case # 99-04-28-1512 and 01-08-29-146-05; SRP Pl#130838; Union County Engineering Project #2011-030)

There were questions brought up at the Agenda meeting:
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With some confusion:
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More questions at the regular meeting:
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Some sanctimonious pushback:
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More back and forth:
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Now as to those checks and balances:

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UCCF 9/13/18: Against Bow-Hunting for Deer

Here are the speakers from the floor who were mostly against expanding the deer hunting season in Watchung Reservation and allowing bow-hunting.

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UCCF 9/13/18: For Bow-Hunting for Deer

There were several speakers tonight against expanding the deer hunting season in Watchung Reservation and allowing bow-hunting. We will get to them in a future blog (as well as the usual pay-to-play with some pushback this time regarding T&M) but first, here are the freeholders on this issue:

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Malinowski/Devanney Link

A new poll by New Jersey Democrat Tom Malinowski shows him narrowly leading five-term Republican Representative Leonard Lance in the 7th District. Malinowski’s last major victory was on March 11, 2018 when he cemented himself as the frontrunner in the CD7 Democratic Primary, defeating Union County (Berkeley Heights) resident Linda Weber by a final tally of 7-6 for the backing of the Union County Democratic Organization line. At the time it was rumored that Garwood was the decider. An anonymous source disagrees:

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Union County Retirees – June, 2018 Update

Data on participants in the New Jersey Retirement System have been updated from 2017 through June 1, 2018 on the state website and here is  a spreadsheet, sorted by employer and name, of 17,017 retirees getting total annual benefits of $571,625,854 whose last Employer was in Union County. Feel free to review the listing for any anomalies. For example, can anyone out there explain row 11,206?

GLOVER, KEVIN $645 4/1/2017 1951 71 Service SCOTCH PLAINS TOWNSHIP

Here are those who retired in 2018 with the largest pensions sorted by the amount of that annual pension:

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