Did Union County do an end-run around N.J. bidding rules?

Dobco thinks so and it was reported that they filed a lawsuit to which the attorney for the Union County Improvement Authority, David Minchello, decided to comment:

“Both the County of Union and the Union County Improvement Authority (UCIA) have engaged in a multi-year process to review its space needs and ensure open and transparent competition in the selection of a developer of a new administration building,” Minchello said in a statement. “Dobco voluntarily participated in this competitive process, without objection, and was not selected to move forward for consideration. It is disappointing that they have now sought meritless litigation in an attempt to reinsert themselves into the selection process and gain an unfair advantage over their competitors.”

He added that the county and improvement authority “have complied with all applicable laws and look forward to defending its process in court.”

Of course they look forward to court dates, and here’s why.

Union County has no space needs. We are in the midst of a pandemic where a lot of people are working from home.

What Union County does have a need for is money to repay bonds involved in the solar panel fiasco and this is an easy way for the UCIA to pick up some cash for that.

And as for outside counsel that will have to be brought in to defend the county. Has Union County ever had an issue with awarding contracts to attorneys who are eager to repay their patrons? Let’s check donor lists and see whose turn it is.

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