Roselle’s Folly (6) Missing Perspectives

By John Bury | August 30, 2016

On April 22, 2015 there was testimony before the Local Finance Board where Roselle officials laid out why a $59 million Mind & Body Complex was needed (pages 24 – 25) :

MR JESSUP: The Board of Education has a significant need for a pre K and kindergarten facility. those kids are about 200 kids that are currently spread out in two separate facilities that are leased by the Board of Education. They’re not owned by the Board of Education. They are substandard facilities. Recreation takes place in a parking lot in one facility. There’s no recreation opportunity in a second facility. One of them is located on Saint George’s Avenue which is a main thoroughfare with Roselle. There is overcrowding in significant number of the classrooms. Many have upwards of 20 kids pre K and kindergarten. The target number is more like 15 kids. So there’s overcrowding. There’s currently a wait list for pre K enrollment that can’t be accomodated by the current leased facilities.

And as justification for the rest of the project (pages 25-26):

There is currently no rec center throughout the borough. So the borough has rec center needs.

The borough has a very popular and active library which right now is antiquated and too small.

And $59 million is what it will take to solve these problems? Nothing less? Wouldn’t renting another building for $250,000 annually cover those extra 100 kids? Or how about spending $500,000 annually for space at facilities that are NOT substandard?

Then we have this assertion by Mr. Jessup from page 26:

In addition, you know, in Roselle and a lot of other places where you have , you know, two working parents you want a nice facility, a good facility where kids can go after school and end up at a library versus out somewhere else.  In this case, obviously, that facility is literally right across the way on the same parcel of property.

Remember this is a school for kindergarten and pre-kindergarten kids.  Was anyone on that Local Finance Board paying any attention? Is there really a problem in Roselle with pre-K kids hanging out on street corners after school?

UCCF 8/18/16: Miscellany

By John Bury | August 29, 2016

Answer on Scotch Plains Business Administrator overseeing Union County Budget:
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Will making the Open Space Trust Fund Tax permanent be on the ballot this November?
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Union County College and no credibility for McMenamin support:
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Roselle’s Folly (5) Local Finance Board Charade

By John Bury | August 26, 2016

A project of this size needs to go before New Jersey’s Local Finance Board  and it did on April 22, 2015:

10:40 AM Union County Improvement Authority (Shared Service Financing Roselle Borough & Roselle Board of Education)
Union – NJSA 40A:5A-6
$49,500,000 Proposed Project Financing.

There was testimony with these highlights:

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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

Against it:
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For it
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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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