Watchung Mountain Biking Resolution Back On

By John Bury | May 4, 2017


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On the agenda for tonight’s freeholder agenda meeting:
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UCCF 4/27/17: Battle of Short Hills

By John Bury | May 4, 2017

2017-352: Authorizing the County Manager, through the Office of Cultural & Heritage Affairs, to apply for, and if awarded, execute, the NJ Historic Trust grant in the total amount of $50,000.

2017-358: Resolution to have County Manager Execute a Licensing Agreement with the Brigade of the American Revolution to Conduct a Reenactment of the Battle of Short Hills on the Weekend of June 24-25, 2017 and to Act as Co-sponsor of this Event at a Cost Not to Exceed $50,000.
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Explanation of what the reenactment will be:
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UCCF4/27/17: Runnells Suit Settled

By John Bury | May 3, 2017

2017-360: A Resolution approving the settlement of pending litigation entitled Barbara Egger v. Runnells Hospital, et al, Civil Action 2:14-cv-03904 WJMMF, in an amount not to exceed $300,000.
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UCCF 4/27/17: UCUA Lost Million

By John Bury | May 1, 2017

Here is the revenue page showing the Union County Utilities Authority (UCUA) item going from $2,000,000 in 2016 to $1,000,000 in 2017:

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That $2 million amount from the UCUA first appeared in the 2012 budget (page 30) as part of the debt-extension deal pushed through in 2011 and had been at $2 million through 2016. However, the UCUA has had trouble coming up with the tonnage they guaranteed so Covanta is squeezing them and, by extension, Union County taxpayers.

UCCF 4/27/17: Buying Moody’s Rating

By John Bury | April 30, 2017

According to the check registry:
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UCCF 4/27/17: UCPAC Stiffs Sculptor

By John Bury | April 28, 2017

According to check registry data Union County has paid $2,058,235 to the Union County Performing Arts Center (UCPAC) from 2004 through 2016 plus about a quarter of a million dollars to fix its organ. Yet ….
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And when it was pointed out how much the county had already subsidized UCPAC:
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Presumably the $5,000 donated sculpture:
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UCCF 4/27/17: Déjà vu and Mountain Biking Again

By John Bury | April 27, 2017

Tonight’s meeting had the budget adopted with several points of contention, a sculptor stiffed by UCPAC, $50,000 for war and, for you nostalgia buffs….this:
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As for mountain biking in Watchung Reservations here are eight more commenters:

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Better Know a Vendor: (2) Harbor Consultants

By John Bury | April 27, 2017

Harbor Consultants are engineers who have gotten $1,415,143  out of Union County for various professional services from 2004 through 2016 according to check registry data. According to campaign contribution data they have donated $203,225 to politicians with the majority ($196,275) going to Union County Democrats.

This process will continue as Union County will remain Democrat-controlled but Harbor Consultants has recently been using campaign donations to buy themselves into other towns.

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Reassessment Road Trip – Scotch Plains

By John Bury | April 26, 2017

Bruce Paterson on the road to get Union County to use some of their surplus to pay for municipal reassessments. April 4, 2017 in Scotch Plains:
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UCCF 4/20/17: Resolutions Q & A

By John Bury | April 24, 2017

2017-302: Resolution authorizing the County Manager to enter into an agreement with Vermeer North Atlantic Sales & Service, Lumberton, New Jersey, for the purchasing of various Vermeer Parts for the Vermeer Compost Turner in an amount not to exceed $40,000.
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2017-307: Approving Change Order Number One to Bid Agreement 15-2015, a contract with Motivated Security Services for Cornerstone Behavioral Health Hospital, for an additional $8,980 for additional security coverage not to exceed a total of $91,264.36 through May 10, 2017.
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2017-309: Authorizing the use of Competitive Contracting, pursuant to N.J.S.A. 40A:11-4.1 et seq., to administer services for the Family Justice Center.
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2017-325: Authorizing the County Manager to execute agreements with municipalities for the 2017 Senior Focus Initiative in an amount not to exceed $430,655 in accordance with the 2017 Senior Focus Spending Plan.
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