Roselle’s Folly (4) Manufacturing Opinion

By John Bury | August 25, 2016

You get ‘experts’ to vouch that a project will either make money in the long run or cost very little for the quality of life improvements it will generate. In Union County it happened when they wanted to sell…

It happened with the Roselle Mind & Body Complex too….

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Roselle’s Folly (3): Seed Money

By John Bury | August 24, 2016

On February 3, 2016 the Union County Improvement Authority (UCIA) concluded and recommended in part:

RMB-proposal

One submission! For a $59 million construction project!! In New Jersey!!!

Is it not enough money? Is everyone else busy??

Or is it that this contract has already been paid for……

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Roselle’s Folly (2) Timeline

By John Bury | August 23, 2016

Taken from news sources and public records, a partial timeline  of the $59 million Roselle Mind & Body Complex, which got some nj.com covertage today, follows.

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UCCF 8/18/16: Mountain Biking in Watchung Reservation

By John Bury | August 23, 2016

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County reaction after everyone left:
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Roselle’s Folly (1) – Introduction

By John Bury | August 22, 2016

The 2016 Roselle budget shows total taxes of $62.5 million:

Roselle-2016 taxes

Which is convenient for those of you in Roselle curious about how much the Mind & Body Complex will cost you.  Just add up your four quarterly tax bills and prepare to make out an extra check in that full amount (plus borrowing costs) for which you will get….

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UCCF: Summer Presentations and Miscellany

By John Bury | August 21, 2016

Library Grants in August:
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Watchung Stables Trooper of the Year in July:
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Rahway River Park Stadium three weeks before the first home football game:
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Site of the next major county building project (with much more to follow) as it looks now in this residential neighborhood:
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UCCF 8/18/16: Roselle Mind/Body Complex – Holley’s Folly?

By John Bury | August 19, 2016

777-2016 AN ORDINANCE OF THE COUNTY OF UNION, STATE OF NEW JERSEY AUTHORIZING THE GUARANTY OF THE PAYMENT OF THE PRINCIPAL OF AND INTEREST ON NOT EXCEEDING $59,000,000 AGGREGATE PRINCIPAL AMOUNT OF COUNTY-GUARANTEED LEASE REVENUE BONDS, SERIES 2016 (COMMUNITY CENTER AND LIBRARY PROJECT), ISSUED BY THE UNION COUNTY IMPROVEMENT AUTHORITY FOR THE PURPOSE OF PROVIDING ADDITIONAL SECURITY THEREFORE AND DETERMINING CERTAIN OTHER MATTERS IN CONNECTION THEREWITH.

Approved 5-1 with one abstention

For anyone in Roselle who objects to being taxed another $59 million:
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Two in Roselle who did object:
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Which brought out the political posse:
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UCCF 8/18/16: Hiding Tort Settlements

By John Bury | August 18, 2016

Tonight’s freeholder meeting was about mountain biking in Watchung Reservation, $150,000 in oversized checks for libraries, and a $59 million county guarantee for new building in Roselle (that was supported enthusiastically by Roselle politicos, opposed with touching pathos by two elderly residents being taxed out of their homes, and even opposed by at least one freeholder). All will be covered extensively in future blogs along with a little bit of friction:
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Come back (or sign up for this blog and get email alerts when new blogs are posted) to get the answer but we kick off with more secrecy as to tort settlements.

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County Employee Salaries 2006 – 2016

By John Bury | August 15, 2016

Of the 1,084 employees listed with the same first and last name exactly in 2006 and 2016 salaries went up by an average of 43% over those years. There were 607 other current county employees hired by 2006 but data differences made it impossible to merge them into one file so those 607 are excluded.  For now here are the spreadsheets sorted by:

Union County Debt – $580 Million

By John Bury | August 14, 2016

As part of an interview with Freeholder Chairman Bruce Bergen in the Westfield Leader:

Mr. Bergen discussed a wide variety of topics with The Leader’s editors, from the county’s $580-million debt to initiatives ranging from recreation and county emergency dispatch services to an animal shelter.

The more than half a billion dollars of debt includes a $59-million general improvement bond that was expected to be approved Thursday, August 18. The freeholder board has adopted general improvement bond ordinances in nine of the last 11 years during the summer. This year’s approval is by far the biggest in that time, exceeding 2011’s $49.6 million. It is $15 million more than last year’s.

This year’s bond includes $8 million more for parks and recreation, $4 million more for Union County College and $4 million more for the Gordon Street Bridge in Roselle over the freight rail tracks linking North and South Avenues.

Those ordinances over the years are linked to below:

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