Archive for the ‘Citizens Forum’ Category

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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Cornerstone Unprecedented Incident

At tonight’s freeholder there were 10 people in red HPAE shirts from Cornerstone Hospital to whom these opening remarks of comment time were addressed:
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This is what one of the nurses had to say about that July 28, 2018 incident:

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UCCF 7/12/18: JDC Lawsuit Settlement Legal Fees


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So how much did the lawyers get?
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According to check registries from 2004 through May, 2018:

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