Council Approves 2018 Service Professional Contracts

After breaking with tradition to have the mayor make appointments for service professionals and have council approve them with a majority vote, the governing body decided at the December 28th meeting of last year to have those firms and individuals who submitted proposals sit for interviews with the entire governing body.

Those sitdowns were in closed sessions over two nights – on January 9th and 15th. At last Thursday night’s municipal meeting, the firms were approved by council.

Richard Huxford – as the representative for the law firm Triarsi, Betancourt, Walsh & Wukovits – was re-appointed as the borough’s attorney for $50,000. This is the same rate that has been charged for years. Additionally, Mr. Huxford was re-appointed as the municipal prosecutor for an annual fee of $2,000. Although this is an increase from the $0/year rate of previous years, it is still less than the $15,000 the second lowest bidder placed in years prior.

Fruchter, Weiss & Associates remained as the municipal defender at a $15,000/year contract.

The risk manager and insurance broker contract was awarded to Business & Governmental Insurance Agency (BGIA) in the amount of 5% of the borough’s annual assessment from the Garden State Municipal Joint Insurance Fund – the borough’s insurance provider.

The firm Gibbons, P.C. remained as the borough’s 2018 bond counsel with comparable rates as last year’s amounts.

Single Purpose Ordinance
Multiple Purpose Ordinance
Temporary Financing (Opinion)
Temporary Financing (cost per $1,000 of notes issued)
Permanent Financing Base Fee
Permanent Financing (cost per $1,000 of bonds issued)
Additional fee for advanced refinancing
More than one series of bonds (each series)
Bond insurance or similar credit enhancement facility needed
Other Fees:
Services needed by John D. Draikiwicz
Services needed by Steven Sholk
Services needed by Scott A. Galano
Services needed by Robert Johnson
Services needed by Christopher M. Russo
Services needed by a paralegal

Samuel Klein & Company was once again appointed as the borough auditor at a proposed fee of $57,750.

Audit (including Sewer Utility)
Annual Financial Statement
Annual Debt Statement
Review of Deferred Compensation Plan
Review of LOSAP
Secondary Market Disclosure Report
Not Applicable
Total Audit Items
Supplemental Debt Statements
Assistance of Official Statement (Initial)
Assistance of Official Statement (Each Update)
Services needed of a partner
Services needed of a manager
Services needed of a senior staff accountant
Services needed of staff assistants
Total Audit Items + Initial Bond Sale

The labor attorney contract was awarded to Cleary, Giacobbi, Alfieri, Jacobs LLC out of Oakland, New Jersey at a $20,000 maximum contract amount charging $145 per hour for attorneys and $90 per hour for paralegals. Although their attorney rate was $10 more than last year’s labor attorney – Cifelli & Davie – the new firm had a separate lower rate for paralegals which will presumably offset the final cost for their services.

A Coalition On Affordable Housing (COAH) counsel contract was awarded to Jeffrey R. Surenian and Associates, LLC with a $20,000 annual maximum contract amount with five (5) breakdowns for different tiers of representatives.

Attorney with at least 30 years of experience
Attorney with at least 10 years of experience
Attorney with at least 5 years of experience
Attorney with less than 5 years of experience

Palumbo Renaud & DeAppolonio, LLC was retained again as Roselle Park’s tax appeal attorney at a rate of $120.hour for attorneys and $60/hour for paralegals with a $15,000 cap for the year.

Savo Schalk, Gillespie, O’Grodnick & Fisher, P.A. was appointed as Roselle Park’s redevelopment attorney firm at a rate of  $155/hour for attorneys and $45/hour for paralegals.

It was stated that this ‘interview’ process will be the new norm for appointing service professional contracts starting this year. There are expected changes to be made in the procedure such as moving the deadline for bid submittals to a month or two earlier to have the interview process occur in December so that appointments could be made at the first meeting of the year – the reorganization meeting of Mayor & Council.