Roselle’s Folly (8) – Holley’s Holler

By John Bury | September 26, 2016

Apparently there is at least one elected official in Roselle not completely on board with the $59 million Mind & Body Complex as an incident report filed on September 13, 2106 indicates:
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Roselle’s Folly (7): Debt Perspective

By John Bury | September 23, 2016

Last April the Borough of Roselle refinanced $8.5 million in debt for which they had to provide an Official Statement on the state of their finances.

Excerpts highlight the absurdity (and possible illegality) of Roselle adding on another $59 million in debt…

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Scotch Plains Legal Opinions

By John Bury | September 22, 2016
1) Can a mayor give a township manager a raise at his discretion?
Mr. Renaud was asked at the August 30 meeting to look into the propriety of the salary increase, and in a September 6 letter to Mr. Mirabella and the council, a copy of which was obtained by The Leader, the attorney stated that “as far back as the collective memory goes, the manager’s salary has been established” —within a range that the council authorizes via a salary ordinance — “by the Mayor.” Mr. Renaud also noted that he had been informed by Lori Majeski, the township’s chief financial officer since 2001, that “during her tenure, the manager’s salary has been established by the Mayor, who so notifies the CFO.”

2) Can a part-time mayor and councilperson get their health insurance under the State Health Benefit Program paid for (outside of a $90 co-pay) by the town?

Mr. Renaud said his version of the statue differed from what Mr. Jones was reading so he would need to look into the matter further.
Both stories in today’s Scotch Plains/Fanwood Times and both questions  seem to still be unresolved. They shouldn’t be.

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Family Courthouse Saga

By John Bury | September 21, 2016

Here is what the Union County Family Courthouse Building at Cherry Street looked like nine months ago:
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and here is what it looks like these days:
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The primary change seems to be the lack of signage as the Union County Improvement Authority (UCIA) and those campaign donors involved do not seem to want to publicize their involvement any more though they have no problems cashing the checks:

and through November, 2015:

with another $990,000 added on per Change Order No. 5 approved this month.

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Something for taxpayers in Roselle, and eventually Union County after the bankruptcy and default, can look forward to with a UCIA project.

UCCF 9-15-16: Miscellany

By John Bury | September 20, 2016
2016-715: Authorizing the County Manager to adjust and/or change the Internal Position Control Schedule.

2016-726: Authorizing the County Manger to sign any and all documents necessary to enter into a Collective Bargaining Agreement with the Parks Foremen Association, effective January 1, 2016 through December 31, 2017.

2016-737: Congratulating City of Elizabeth Mayor J. Christian Bollwage upon being selected for the Boy Scouts of America 2016 Leadership Award.

2016-740: Congratulating Freeholder Alexander Mirabella on being honored by the Italian Tribune with the prestigious Christopher Columbus “Man of the Year” Award on Friday, October 7, 2016.

UCCF 9/15/16: More Pay-to-Play

By John Bury | September 19, 2016


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2016-689: Authorizing the County Manager to award a Professional Engineering Service Contract, through a Request for Proposal (RFP) Process, to T&M Associates of Middletown, New Jersey to provide Engineering Design, Construction Administration and Inspection Services for the Intersection Improvement at Chestnut Street and Fifth Avenue, Borough of Roselle, New Jersey for an amount not to exceed $63,451. (Union County Engineering Project Number 2016-020)
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2016-690: Amending Resolution Number 2015-525, a Professional Architectural Design and Construction Management Service Contract with Netta Architects, of Mountainside, New Jersey for additional architectural/engineering services associated with the Union County Justice Complex Phase III-Oriscello Correctional Facilities Interior Alterations, in an amount not to exceed $54,000 for a new contract amount not to exceed $1,536,030. This request also includes an additional 60 days of additional design time required to complete all work.
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2016-691: Authorizing the County Manager to enter into a Developer’s Agreement between the County of Union and Sciaretta Enterprises, LLC of Far Hills, New Jersey regarding the proposed County road construction improvement “widening of west bound South Avenue at Intersection with Central Avenue, City of Westfield, New Jersey”. (Union County Engineering Project Number 2015-036)
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2016-720: Amending Resolution Number 2014-727 adopted on September 11, 2014, a Professional Service Contract awarded through an RFP process to USA Architects Planners & Interior Designers, PA of Somerville, New Jersey associated with the Wheeler Park Pool Renovation Project located in Linden, New Jersey. This amendment reflects a new scope of work in an amount not to exceed $55,000 for a new contract amount not to exceed $201,000. (Union County Engineering Project Number 2014-029)
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2016-722: Authorizing the County Manager to enter into an agreement with Development Directions LLC, Rahway, New Jersey, for administration of the Union County Home Improvement Program and Senior Home Improvement Grant, which provide assistance to lower income homeowners for repair and rehabilitation of their homes, through a fair and open process for the procurement of services in the form of an RFP issued on June 1, 2016 and responses received on June 23, 2016, in an amount not to exceed $335,000 for the period of September 1, 2016 through August 31, 2017, with the potential for two one-year extensions

UCCF 9/15/16: Free Speech For Some

By John Bury | September 18, 2016

Calling others whiners and idiots won’t get your First Amendment rights stripped away:
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But pig….
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UCCF 9/15/16: Roselle $59 Million Mind/Body Complex Ordinance

By John Bury | September 16, 2016

This project got its 5 minutes (11:05-11:10), and presumably a rubber stamp, from the New Jersey Local Fiance Board the day before this freeholder meeting where we had:

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UCCF 9/15/16: Warinanco On Ice

By John Bury | September 15, 2016

No skating this winter:

2016-716: Amending Resolution Number 2014-1075, a Professional Architectural Service contract with Netta Architects of Mountainside, New Jersey, for additional architectural and engineering services associated with the improvements to the Warinanco Ice Rink Project in an amount not to exceed $233,600.00 for a new contract amount not to exceed $888,600.00; and further extending the construction administration and inspection services for an additional twelve (12) month period from May 1, 2016 through April 30, 2017. (Union County Engineering Project Number 2014-021)

which amended…

2014-1075: Amending Resolution Number 2014-677, a Professional Architectural Service Contract with Netta Architects of Mountainside, New Jersey for additional Architectural/Engineering Services for the Warinanco Park Ice Rink, New Clubhouse Improvement Project in an amount not to exceed $274,000.00 for a new contract amount not to exceed $655,000.00. (Union County Engineering Project Number 2014-021)

which amended….

2014-677: Authorizing the County Manager to award a Professional Architectural/Engineering Service Contract to Netta Architects, Mountainside, New Jersey, to provide architectural and engineering design serv1ces and construction administration and inspection services for the Warinanco Park Ice Rink – New Clubhouse Improvement Project, Roselle, New Jersey in an amount not to exceed $381,000. (Union County Engineering Project Number 2014-021)

An escalation of cost and time that may be in the cards for another Roselle project that was green-lit tonight which we will get to next blog but, for now, some questions:
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Site as it looks today (note: biking this Sunday):
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Scotch Plains Salaries

By John Bury | September 13, 2016

Based on this back and forth…
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I got the impression that Scotch Plains Township Manager Al Mirabella got a raise because everybody else in Scotch Plains got a raise and this was only fair. It was also not mentioned what the $145,000 he was hired at was raised to so I decided to OPRA salary data for all Scotch Plains employees and, for those of you out there who are wont to call Al Mirabella a pig…..

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