Paying for Solar Panel Fiasco

By John Bury | May 31, 2016

As taken from the Official Statement the repayment schedule for the Solar Panel bonds is:

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As it turned out:

The revenues generated by the Renewable Energy Projects are principally proceeds from the sale of SRECs and proceeds from the sale of electric energy to various governmental entities in the County. Under the Lease Agreement, the revenues generated are credited against the Company’s obligation to make the lease payments. Due principally to the drop in SREC prices since the time the Renewable Energy Bonds were issued, the Renewable Energy Projects are not currently generating revenues sufficient to satisfy the Company’s lease payment obligations under the Lease Agreement in full and, therefore, are not sufficient to pay the full amount of debt service on the Renewable Energy Bonds.
But with Tioga bankrupt who now is responsible for coming up with the money to make those bond payments?

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UCCF 5/26/16: KemperSports Golf Bonus

By John Bury | May 31, 2016

2016-455: Authorizing the 2015 Incentive Payment to Kempersports, Inc. in the amount of $1,383.00 in accordance with the contract.
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UCCF 5/26/16: Matching Grant Blather and Freeholder Qualifications

By John Bury | May 28, 2016

Matching grants have played a major role in accelerating tax increases according to James L. Buckley yet  elected officials selected to keep the tax spigot wide open don’t get the connection:
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UCCF 5/26/16: Gun Violence Lip Service

By John Bury | May 26, 2016

Gun violence took the life of an innocent bystander in Plainfield last night but when your priorities are repaying campaign donors, running a friends-and-family jobs program, and possibly electing a new governor there is not much you can bring to the table to solve a problem impervious to photo-op solutions.

At tonight’s freeholder meeting it boiled over:
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Individual youtubes follow in chronological order:
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UCCF 5/12/16: More Pay-to-Play

By John Bury | May 19, 2016


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2016-397: Authorizing the County Manager to award a Professional Engineering Service Contract, through a Request for Proposal (RFP) process, to Maser Consulting PA, of Red Bank, New Jersey to provide professional design, construction administration and inspection services for the installation of an ADA accessible Fishing Dock on Cedar Brook Park Lake, City of Plainfield, New Jersey for an amount not to exceed $59,900.00. (Union County Engineering Project Number 2015-033)

2016-401: Amending Resolution No. 2014-307, adopted on April 10, 20145 awarding the engineering, design, construction administration services to Neglia Engineering for the Oak Ridge Improvement Project to include the design of a bicycle/walking path and a turf field.

2016-404: Amending Resolution Number 2016-14, a professional services contract with Roth D’ Aquanni, LLC, Springfield, New Jersey to be special counsel for Personnel matters, to increase the award for legal services in the amount of $50,000, for a new total amount not to exceed $125,000.

2016-405: Amending Resolution Number 2016-13, which awarded a professional services contract to Bauch, Zucker, Hatfield, LLC, Springfield, New Jersey to be special counsel for Labor and Personnel matters, to increase the amount of award for legal services in the amount of $100,000 for a new total amount not to exceed $200,000.

2016-407: Amending Resolution 2014-207, a resolution awarding a contract to Palumbo, Renaud & DeAppolonio in the matter entitled Kolbeck v. UC, et als., to increase the appropriation in an amount not to exceed $10,000.00 for a sum not to exceed $69, 917.30.

UCCF 5/12/16: Open Space Tax Theft

By John Bury | May 18, 2016

Justifying putting it to a vote in 2016 as to whether Union County taxpayers want to keep having $10 million in tax money misappropriated:
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The real story:
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UCCF 5/12/16: Oak Ridge Park Plans (with two No Votes)

By John Bury | May 17, 2016

2016-401: Amending Resolution No. 2014-307, adopted on April 10, 2014 awarding the engineering, design, construction administration and inspection services to Neglia Engineering Associates for the Oak Ridge Park Improvement Project to include the design of a bicycle/walking path and a turf field.
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UCCF 5/12/16: Granted We Have Problems

By John Bury | May 15, 2016

James L. Buckley in ‘Saving Congress from Itself‘ and Bruce Paterson at the last freeholder meeting made similar points:

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UCCF 5/12/16: 2016 Budget

By John Bury | May 13, 2016

2016-382: Resolution to exceed the County tax levy limit and to establish a CAP Bank.
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2016-384: Resolution adopting the 2016 County of Union Budget.
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Who’s the Liar?

By John Bury | May 12, 2016

When freeholders comment on what someone they don’t agree with has said they usually do not deign to name them as if they were:
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This can cause some confusion when the subject is not readily recognizable, as happened at tonight’s freeholder meeting:
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Who could this benighted freeholder have been referring to? Here are some possibilities from this meeting:

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