It started June 23, 2011 with:
2011-615, authorizing the County Manager to enter into a professional engineering services contract with Neglia Engineering Associated, Lyndhurst, New Jersey, for design, construction administration and inspection services for artificial turf & lights at Rahway River Park, Rahway, New Jersey, in an amount not to exceed $116,202.
and then on December 18, 2014:
2014-1080: Amending Resolution Number 2011-615, a Professional Engineering Service Contract with Neglia Associates of Lyndhurst, New Jersey for additional engineering and construction administration services for the Rahway River Park Project in an amount not to exceed $163,800.00 for a new contract amount not to exceed $280,002.00. (Union County Engineering Project Number 2011-019)
which was explained at that meeting:
The Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) referred to in the video was executed on August 25, 2014 (around the time Mayor Samson Steinman and other Rahway politicians were cashing campaign-contribution checks from DeCotiis and Bohler) between the County of Union, the Board of Education of the City of Rahway, and the City of Rahway. Excerpts from that MOU:
WHEREAS the Board has expressed a need for additional athletic fields to be used by its students. including Rahway High School students, for practices and for the hosting of home games of football, soccer and other sporting events (the “BOE Uses”); and
WHEREAS the City desires to contribute monetarily on its behalf as well as on behalf of the Board toward the repair, improvement and upgrading of athletic fields at Rahway Park in exchange for which the County will allow the Board of Education non- exclusive use of the upgraded athletic fields at Rahway Park for BOE Uses, at some of which Uses spectators would pay an admission fee that will be used for the benefit of Rahway High School or other school sponsored or school affiliated organizations and sporting programs
A. The County, as Lead Agency, will procure the goods and services necessary for the planning, development and completion of the Project in accordance with the Local Public Contracts Law
B. The County shall enter into a formal written contract directly with the successful bidder (Contractor) on the Project, issue all purchase orders in its own name directly to the Contractor against the contract, and be invoiced by and receive statements from the Contractor. The County shall be solely responsible to the Contractor for all costs related to the Project, except that the City will provide the County with a contribution towards the cost of the Project….Said contribution by the City shall be in an amount equal to the final cost of the improvements which they have specifically requested be made to the multi-purpose field as ultimately determined upon final completion of the field, and which improvements are more specifically set forth in Section 5 below.
5. Compensation. The City agrees to contribute to all costs of construction arid all related installation required of a press box, sound system, bleachers, two team field pavilions) a pre-fabricated concession stand with bathrooms and a scoreboard (collectively, the “Amenities”) and any reasonable engineering costs associated with cha11ging the County’s existing plans for upgrades to the Park to include the Amenities. Notwithstanding the foregoing, however, the City’s obligation to contribute to construction of the Amenities is subject to the following: (i) prior to issuance of bids. the County shall confer with the City regarding the scope of tr1e Amenities to be bid by the specifications drafted by the County for the Amenities option shall be approved by the City prior to issuance of bids by the County, (iii) the County and the City shall establish a pre-bid estimate for the Amenities option prior to issuance of bids by the County, and (iv) in the event the County receives bids in excess of the pre-bid estimate for the Amenities Option the County shall first confer with the city to determine bid estimate, in which case, the County may award ‘the Option; however, in the event the City, in its sole discretion, determines that it will not pay such additional amount, the County shall, in its sole discretion, either decline the Option or shall be obligated to pay the amount above the pre-bid estimate. The City shall have no obligation with respect to continued maintenance, upkeep or improvements to the Athletic Fields or other recreational facilities at the Park, and shall not be responsible for any other costs under this Agreement, except as otherwise expressly set forth herein.
As lead agency Union County has already paid Neglia Engineering $55,885.66 with another $224,166.84 budgeted for.
Here is the area of the park targeted for the ‘improvements’ as it looked last Sunday: