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UCCF 12/2/21: $49 Million Borrowing

Ordinance:

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UCCF 12/2/21: Resolutions

Resolutions mentioned:

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UCCF 12/2/21: About Those Raises

It was the first in-person meeting in almost two years and the county hierarchy was looking to keep attendance down:

Here are those new salaries along with comments from tonight’s meeting:

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UCCF 12/2/21: Back to Elizabeth

Thursday at 5:30 pm the Commissioners return to in-person meetings with a packed agenda that includes more borrowing, more spending, and raises for all.

Among the highlights:

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UCCF 11/4/21: Who Gets an 18.82% Pay Hike?

For years Union County commissioners 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 commissioner salaries and these fixes have become a seasonal event. At the last  meeting, at a time of private sector layoffs and furloughs and a less ceremonial work for commissioners to do, we got:

835-2021 FIXING THE SALARIES OF MEMBERS OF THE UNION COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS, COUNTY MANAGER AND DEPARTMENT HEADS.

Those new salaries:

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UCCF 11/4/21: 2 Questions; 2 Comments

For those interested in knowing what the county has to say about the tree-cutting along the trail between Black Brook and Nomahegan parks, the return to in-person meetings next month, and Harbor Consultants:

More on Harbor Consultants:

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UCCF 11/4/21: Resolutions

For those interested in knowing what the county has to say about the tree-cutting along the trail between Black Brook and Nomahegan parks, the return to in-person meetings next month, and Harbor Consultants, that will be coming tomorrow with my Q&A. Today we had more censorship:

Video Q&A on resolutions with those resolutions and written comments on them including final comments that Bruce Paterson was not able to get out.

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Paying For Solar Panel Fiasco

832-2021 ORDINANCE AUTHORIZING THE GUARANTY BY THE COUNTY OF UNION, NEW JERSEY OF PAYMENT OF PRINCIPAL AND INTEREST ON THE COUNTY GUARANTEED REVENUE BONDS, SERIES 2021 (RENEWABLE ENERGY PROGRAM PROJECT) OF THE UNION COUNTY IMPROVEMENT AUTHORITY IN AN AGGREGATE PRINCIPAL AMOUNT NOT EXCEEDING $5,500,000.

This represents the bonds that the UCIA still has to pay on that solar panel boondoggle that anybody could see were destined to default . Here are comments made on the ordinance and a little background as gleaned from the EMMA website.

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UCCF 10/21/21: Speaking Freely

Some detail on the solar panel fiasco coming on Monday but, for now, my free speech rights are back:

Full text as submitted:

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UCCF 10/21/21: Resolutions

More on censorship and the solar panel fiasco (both of which elicited official responses) in the next two blogs but first the Q&A on resolutions:

Resolutions referenced:

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