UCCF 7/21/16: UCIA Gets $70,000 For ?????

By John Bury | July 25, 2016

More stipends maybe?

Last September we had this resolution:

2015-800: Authorizing the County Manager to enter into a Shared Services Agreement by and between the County of Union and the Union County Improvement Authority for Strategic Facility Planning Services.

which was not supposed to cost anything but, as it turns out, last Thursday we got:

2016-620: Amending Resolution 2015-800, a Shared Services Agreement with the Union County Utilities Authority for Strategic Facility Planning Services, for additional services related to the Strategic Facility Planning Services at an amount not to exceed $70,000 for a total contract amount of not to exceed $70,000.

which was explained thusly:
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UCCF 7/21/16: Laquan Kearney get $18k, Lawyers get ????

By John Bury | July 22, 2016

2016-621 : A Resolution to approve the settlement of pending litigation entitled Laquan Kearney v. Union County, et al in the amount of $18,000.
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Prior resolutions on this lawsuit:
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2/18/16: 2016-176: Amending Resolution Number 2015-276 to increase the appropriation to Alexander W. Booth, Esq. Jersey City, NJ in the matter entitled Laquan Kearney v. UC, et als. in an amount not to exceed $10,000 for a sum not to exceed $20,000.

1/21/16: 2016-96 Amending Resolution 2015-694 dated August 20, 2015 to increase the appropriation to Weber Dowd Law of Woodland Park, NJ in the matter entitled Laquan Kearney v. UC, et als. in an amount not to exceed $10,000 for a sum not to exceed $46,956.48.

UCCF 7/21/16: UCC Under Tyrant (Maybe) McMenamin

By John Bury | July 21, 2016

Past Grand Marshal of the St. Patrick’s Day parade and current alleged creator of an atmosphere of fear, intimidation, and retaliation got a mention at tonight’s freeholder meeting:
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To which 5 freeholders responded:
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Video Updates and Memories

By John Bury | July 17, 2016

The situation as of today at a couple of parks plus a few personal favorites from the past:
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UCCF 6/23/16: Special Time Sensitive Resolutions and Miscellany

By John Bury | July 13, 2016

Finishing up coverage of the last freeholder meeting plus some items of interest:

2016-575: Resolution supporting the Township of Scotch Plains’ submission of a grant application for the “Safe Routes to School Program” within the New Jersey Department of Transportation.

2016-576: Resolution supporting NJ Senate Budget Resolution 4287, sponsored by Senator Steven Oroho (R-24), establishing a new line-item in the amount of $21 million to support county implementation of criminal justice reforms


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Then this week we had another county vendor sent up and though Union County was not mentioned in the story:

According to court records, Dattilo, part owner of Bayway Lumber, conspired with others to overbill, charge for more expensive items or larger quantities of items and charge back the cost of gifts to customers’ employees through fraudulent billing from 2007 through November, 2015.

Bayway Lumber inflated the prices on items sold or intentionally failed to provide the prices set in contractual agreements in a number of ways, prosecutors said. With Rutgers University and University Hospital, Bayway altered vendor invoices to bill higher mark-ups, they said.

that could be because of a lack of cooperation with prosecutors as Bayway Lumber, per check registry data, sold millions of dollars of materials over that period to Union County.

While someone else who did some damage to Union County taxpayers got a little comeuppance this week.

On a sadder note Joan Wheeler passed away on Sunday.

Finally, for those nostalgic for the old days:

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UCCF 6/23/15: Green Acres Matching Grants

By John Bury | July 8, 2016

2016-545: Authorizing the County Manager to execute a State of New Jersey, Department of Environmental Protection, Green Acres Enabling Resolution regarding the Union County Open Space and Recreation Plan for the provision of administrative acceptance of an additional Green Acres matching grant in the amount of $3,975,000.00 for a total matching grant in the amount of $13,125,000.00.
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UCCF 6/23/16: Matching Grants

By John Bury | July 7, 2016

2016-551: Authorizing an application to the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs-Grant Development Unit for a Recreation Opportunities for Individuals with Disabilities Program Grant in the amount of $35,000.00 and authorize a County cash match of $7,000.00 as specified by the grant requirements; and to further authorize the County Manager to do all things necessary to execute an agreement with the State of New Jersey should a grant be awarded.
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UCCF 6/23/16: Parolee Rehabilitation

By John Bury | July 6, 2016

2016-541: Authorizing the County Manager to award a contract to Bridgeway Rehabilitation Services, Inc., Elizabeth, NJ, to provide support services to assist parolees returning to Union County upon release to assimilate into the community during the period of July 1, 2016 through June 30, 2018 in the total amount not to exceed $221,211.38.
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UCCF 6/23/16: Managing Lakes

By John Bury | July 5, 2016

2016-553: 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 Parks and Recreation: Aquatic Analysts, Inc of Middleville, NJ, for the purpose of providing Lake Management Program (BA#30-2016) for a period of signing of contract until December 31, 2017 in an amount not to exceed $175,960.00.
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Lawsuits Settled

By John Bury | June 30, 2016

2016-566: A Resolution to approve the settlement of pending litigation entitled Takacs/Allen v. UC, et al, Case No. 08-CV-711(KSH) in the amount of $2,675,000 plus Counsel Fees (Union County to pay $889,025.97 and the remainder of settlement and counsel fees to be paid by AIG Insurance Company.).

Originating in 2008 as covered by Countywatchers.

2016-567: A Resolution approving the settlement of pending litigation entitled Parvin Remolina v. UC, et als, Docket No. UNN-L-4237-11 in the amount of $500,000 (the County of Union to pay an amount not to exceed $229,097.50 and Insurance to pay remainder of settlement.)

Information from datauniverse:

Case TItle: Remolina Vs Zdenkova Et Al

County: Union

Case Type: Auto Negligence-tor

Docket L-004237-11

Filing Year 2011

Disposal Date NA