Archive for the ‘Citizens Forum’ Category

UCCF 12/13/18: We Are One Fishing For Democrat Voters

It started in 2014 and is continuing:

2018-1059: Authorizing the County Manager to enter into an agreement with We Are One New Jersey Inc., Trenton, NJ, to provide social and human services that educate, empower, and uplift families under the We Are One New Jersey Project, for the period of January 1, 2019 through December 31, 2019 in an amount not to exceed $245,000.

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UCCF 12/13/18: Raises All Around

ORDINANCE FOR ADOPTION 801-2018 AN ORDINANCE FIXING THE SALARIES OF MEMBERS OF THE BOARD OF CHOSEN FREEHOLDERS, THE COUNTY MANAGER AND DEPARTMENT HEADS.
2018-1016:  Authorizing the County Manager to adopt the 2019 exclusionary wage increases as follows: Salary increases for 2019 shall be based upon each employee’s performance evaluation score, pursuant to Resolution 2129-2002, and shall not exceed 2.75%, and shall be effective January 1, 2019.
2018-1017: Resolution Approving Constitutional Officers’ Salaries.
The comments:

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UCCF 11/28/18: Raises for 2019

For years Union County freeholders received annual salaries of $29,500 with the Chair of the Board getting an extra $2,000 and the Vice Chair an extra $1,000.

In 2015 raise ordinances started including freeholder salaries and these fixes have become a seasonal event. At the 11/28/18 freeholder meeting we got:

801-2018 AN ORDINANCE FIXING THE SALARIES OF MEMBERS OF THE BOARD OF CHOSEN FREEHOLDERS, THE COUNTY MANAGER AND DEPARTMENT HEADS. FIRST READING STATEMENT
Ordinance Number 801-2018 for First Reading and authorize the Clerk of the Board to advertise same in accordance with the law. The Public Hearing and Final Reading will be held on December 13, 2018.

Here is what they will get in 2019 compared to 2018:

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UCCF 11/8/18: Another Cranford Cell Tower

Union County College and Verizon are hooking to put up another cell tower and tonight’s mobile meeting in Westfield brought out a lot of opposition.

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UCCF 10/25/18: Campaigning in Summit

It was a little chilly tonight to be standing outside Kings so the freeholders, 12 days before an election, decided to get their photoops at Summit City Hall.

Among the topics brought up in Open Comment time:

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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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