Special Meeting On 19th To Interview For More Professional Services

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Published: December 17, 2018 @ 6:00 PM EST

A second special meeting this month will interview and negotiate with those wishing to provide professional services to the borough for 2019.

The first one earlier this month interviewed six positions. Wednesday night’s interview will have eight (8) professionals sitting with the governing body; two interviews will have the bidders for the municipal prosecutor and public defender return due to scheduling conflicts which preventing them from being able to attend the first meeting.

The eight positions being discussed are:

  • Auditor
  • Engineer
  • Labor Attorney
  • Licensed Site Remediation Professional (LSRP)
  • Municipal Prosecutor
  • Public Defender
  • Risk Manager & Insurance Broker
  • Transit Village Community Visioning Planning Services

Two firms submitted bids for auditor. Samuel Klein and Company, the borough’s current auditor, returned with a bid of $36,750 for their primary statutory auditing services (including sewer utility) and a tiered fee schedule for other related services. This is the same amount as last year for the accounting firm. The firm was additionally awarded two contracts in August this year (link). Suplee, Clooney & Company’s bid for the statutory audit is $35,500.

Download Samuel Klein and Company’s bid for Borough Auditor
Download Suplee, Clooney & Company’s bid for Borough Auditor

There were five firms – including the current borough engineering firm of Neglia – who put in bids to conduct Roselle Park’s engineering services. Cole & Associates out of Lawrenceville, NJ had a top tier rate of $140/hour for services paid for by the borough. CME Associates started at the top with $170/hour. Harbor Consultants propose to charge $115/hour. Neglia Engineering placed a bid for the engineering services of $1,750/month not including additional services; this is the same amount as last year’s winning bid. Pennoni’s monthly flat fee in their bid was $2,300/month.

Download Cole & Associates’ bid for Borough Engineer
Download Consulting & Municipal Engineers (CME) Associates’ bid for Borough Engineer
Download Harbor Consultants’ bid for Borough Engineer
Download Neglia Engineering’s bid for Borough Engineer
Download Pennoni’s bid for Borough Engineer

Labor attorney had four bidders. Chasan, Lamparello, Mallon & Capuzzo put in a bid of $180/hour. Cleary, Giacobbe, Alfieri & Jacobs stated they would charge $145/hour for partners, counsel, and associates. Garrubbo & Capece have a rate of $135/hour. Jalloh & Jalloh put in a flat rate of $8,000 with a $150/hour rate for litigation or additional services.

Download Chasan, Lamparello, Mallon & Capuzzo’s bid for Labor Attorney
Download Cleary, Giacobbe, Alfieri & Jacobs’ bid for Labor Attorney
Download Garrubbo & Capece’s bid for Labor Attorney
Download Jalloh & Jalloh’s bid for Labor Attorney

LSRP services had four bids. CME Associates – who also bid for the borough engineer – listed a $192/hour rate for services related to remediation. ESA Environmental Consultants out of Westfield put in a rate of $145.96/hour. Matrix New World Engineering, Land Scaping and Landscape Architecture’s rates have a top-tier hourly rate of $200 an hour for the firm’s principal and a descending rate for other staff. Suburban Consulting Engineers had a fee structure of $160/hour for the principal/project officer.

Download CME Associates’ bid for LSRP Services
Download ESA Environmental Consultants’ bid for LSRP Services
Download Matrix New World Engineering, Land Scaping and Landscape Architecture’s bid for LSRP Services
Download Suburban Consulting Engineers’ bid for LSRP Services

There were three firms for Risk Manager & Insurance Broker and all three stated they will be paid by the municipality’s joint insurance fund (or equivalent).

Download Brown & Brown’s bid for Risk Manager & Insurance Broker
Download BGIA’s bid for Risk Manager & Insurance Broker
Download Fairveiw Insurance Agency’s bid for Risk Manager & Insurance Broker

The last service being interviewed is for Transit Village Community Visioning Planning Services but no information was provided regarding the nubmer of bidders or their rates. This is a new service related to having the borough be designated a Transit Village.

As always, cost is not the only or final factor for services that are needed to benefit residents but it is a major factor and the attached proposal are available for review by the public.

The special meeting tomorrow night, December 19th, will start at 6:30 p.m. in council chambers of the Roselle Park Municipal Complex located at 110 East Westfield Avenue. The majority of this meeting will be closed but there are two public comment portions – one at the beginning and one at the end – that will allow members of the public to ask questions or provide input.