Archive for the ‘Citizens Forum’ Category

UCCF 12/19/19: Biggest One Ever

If you attend one freeholder meeting this year tonight might be the time as the 18-page agenda could be the longest ever. Among the spoils:

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UCCF 12/5/19: Raises for Freeholders/ Department Heads

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 12/5/19 freeholder meeting we got:

812-2019 AN ORDINANCE FIXING THE SALARIES OF MEMBERS OF THE BOARD OF CHOSEN FREEHOLDERS, THE COUNTY MANAGER AND DEPARTMENT HEADS.
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Those raises:

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UCCF 11/14/19: Where’s Derek

Robert Scutro of Linden wants to know:
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UCCF 10/24/19: Paterson on Scutari

From open comments at the last Union County freeholder meeting as taken from the official county recording which had the brilliant idea of focusing on the anxiety on the dais as to when to press the eject button:
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Bruce Paterson’s follow-up letter as it appears in the Westfield Leader:

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UCCF 8/22/19: UCIA Bailout

Tonight’s freeholder meeting included over an hour for an executive session where representatives from the Union County Improvement Authority (UCIA) sold the freeholders on another plan to make the the debt payment on the solar panel fiasco though UCIA Executive Director Daniel Sullivan, no stranger to misappropriating funds, claimed otherwise:
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You be the judge:
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Corruption Level: Puerto Rico vs. Union County

2019-640: Resolution in support of the resignation of the Puerto Rican Governor Ricardo A. Rosselló and the improvement of Puerto Rican lifestyle conditions.

Most people outside of government, where they get to define the term, would consider both Union County and New Jersey as rife with corruption (ie. pay-to-play, budget chicanery, who-you-know hires) so when the freeholders call out an area outside of the continental US for for their practices it is with some regret:
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But the point was made….
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UCCF 7/25/19: That Was Never Five Minutes

It is supposed to be 5 minutes for comments but when you talk about voting machine snafus and the chair’s conflicts:
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