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UCCF 2/8/18: $19 Million More for Courthouse Stairwell

2018-153: Authorizing the County Manager to award the proposed contract obtained through advertised public bidding in accordance with the Local Public Contracts Law, N.J.S.A. 40A:11-1 et seq: Engineering, Public Works & Facilities Management; Division of Engineering: GPC, Inc., of Millburn, New Jersey, for Union County Courthouse Fire Code Upgrades Phase C1 Rotunda and Phase C2 Tower (Internal Stair) – 2 Broad Street, City of Elizabeth, County of Union, New Jersey for an amount not to exceed $19,000,000.00. (Union County Engineering Project Number 2010-033C)

From the 2/1/8 agenda meeting:
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Prior Countywatchers coverage:

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UCCF 2/8/18: Ed Oatman’s Salary

Late last year we got Ordinance 790-2017 giving raises to freeholders and department heads:

At tonight’s freeholder meeting we see how much a political appointee with no relevant experience for the county manager position will make per 792-2018

No opposition:
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Though on the residency resolution:

2018-165: Request for a waiver of the County’s residency requirement for Edward Oatman, for the position of County Manager.

UCCF 1/25/18: Roselle Mind & Body Complex Status

There used to be a banner at the site:
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Not there any more:
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and at the last freeholder meeting:
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UCCF 1/25/18: Resolution on New County Manager

2018-129: Resolution appointing Ed Oatman as County Manager to serve at the pleasure of the Board and said services shall commence on March 1, 2018.

Though the resolution passed, it did not do so unanimously or without comment, including references to pending litigation…..
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UCCF 12/21/17: Miscellany

2017-1091: Authorizing the County Manager to enter into a contract with Acrisure LLC, Woodbridge,N.J. and Business & Government Insurance Agency,Woodbridge,N.J. for the provision of: Health Insurance Consultant / Broker Services and Voluntary Benefits Services from January 1, 2018 through December 31, 2020.
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2017~1035: 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: Department of Engineering, Public Works & Facilities Management; Division of Engineering: Precision Building and Construction, of Bound Brook, New Jersey, for Improvements to the Jury Waiting Room, City of Elizabeth, County of Union, New Jersey for an amount not to exceed $359,800. (Union County Engineering Project Number 2016-035).
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Suggesting self-insurance:
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Budget Questions:
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2017-1121 CHAIRMAN BRUCE H. BERGEN, & THE THE ENTIRE BOARD: Extending the Board’s opposition of the Trump-GOP tax plan.
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UCCF 12/21/17: Bribes for Grants

Per Assemblyman Jamel Holley’s financial disclosure form for 2016:

Resolutions passed (almost unanimously):

2017·1102: Authorizing the County Manager to enter into an agreement with: Millennium Strategies, Morristown, NJ, for the purpose of providing grant writing and procurement services to the County of Union for the period of January 1, 2018 through December 31, 2018 in an amount not to exceed $36,000.
2017-1103: Authorizing the County Manager to award a contract to Winning Strategies, Washington/Hoboken Strategy Group, Washington DC, by way of RFP (Request for Proposal), to provide  Comprehensive Federal Government Relations/Lobbying services to the County of Union for the period of January 1, 2018 through December 31, 2019 in an amount not to exceed $300,000.
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UCCF 12/21/17: Squeezing the Working People

Ironically, in thanking the freeholders for this resolution:

2017-1116: Resolution supporting 1199 SEIU United Healthcare Workers East in its efforts to negotiate in good faith, and calls upon AristaCare to settle a fair contract for workers at Delaire Nursing Home.


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The speaker, obviously ignorant of the massive tax increases and even outright tax theft that this board has perpetrated on the working people of Union County, could say with a straight face:
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Something had to be said:
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