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August 26, 2011

RE: Two Issues
I. Additional Hurricane Details: Procedure to Follow If Storm Forces Delay in Public Bid Opening
II. New Bills Advanced at Senate Session on August 25, 2011

Dear Mayor:

I. Additional Hurricane Details: Procedure to Follow If Storm Forces Delay in Public Bid Opening

If public bids have been scheduled to be opened next Tuesday (or later) and you want to postpone, the Local Public Contract Law rules at N.J.A.C. 5:34-9.3(b) provides the legal procedure for postponing bids, as follows:

5:34-9.3…

  1. Publicly announced receipt of bids or competitive contracting proposals shall be considered postponed when an unforeseen circumstance occurs that would affect or prohibit the opening of bids or proposals. The opening of the bids or proposals must occur within five days, excluding Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays, of the original date of the receipt of bids or proposals. The following procedures shall be used in the event a contracting unit must postpone the receipt of publicly advertised bids or competitive contracting proposals:
    1. As soon as practicable, all vendors who have either submitted bids or proposals, or received specifications or request for proposals, shall be notified by telephone, fax, or e-mail that the receipt thereof has been postponed and the reason therefore.
    2. If possible, on the day and time originally scheduled for receipt of bids or proposals, a notice shall be posted at the place where bids were to have been received, stating that the receipt of bids or proposals has been postponed.
    3. In the event of a postponement, no bids or proposals shall be opened.

 

II. New Bills Advanced at Senate Session on August 25, 2011

With the State Senate in session yesterday in Trenton, some bills worthy of your consideration were advanced. These include:

S-3024 – Proposed for introduction by Senator O’Toole, this bill would implement the Governor’s recommendations concerning the Transitional Aid program. The bill, which is not available in print or on the internet, would enhance State oversight of municipalities in distress or under State supervision. Most importantly, it includes a supplemental appropriation of $139 million. See our letter of July 18 for a summary of the Governor’s ideas on this. http://www.njslom.org/letters/2011-0718-transitional-funding.html

S-3018 – Introduced by Senator Turner, this bill would permit a municipality to establish restricted parking spaces for certain volunteer firefighters. The bill has been referred to the Senate Law and Public Safety Committee. You can access the bill at http://www.njleg.state.nj.us/2010/Bills/S3500/3018_I1.HTM

S-3020 – Proposed for introduction by Senate President Sweeney, this bill would authorize the imposition of municipal host community petroleum bulk processing impact fees under certain circumstances. The bill is not yet available in print or on the internet. Substantially similar companion legislation, sponsored by Assemblyman Burzichelli, can be accessed at http://www.njleg.state.nj.us/2010/Bills/A2000/1701_I1.HTM

S-3022 – Proposed for introduction by Senator Stack, this bill would require lobby security for certain senior citizen high-rise buildings in areas with high violent crime rates. The bill is not yet available in print or on the internet.

The next scheduled Legislative session is a Senate Quorum, slated for September 8. We will keep you posted on any and all developments, as they occur. If you have any questions, call Mike Cerra, Lori Buckelew or Jon Moran at 609-695-3481 (extensions 120, 112 and 121, respectively).

Very truly yours,

William G. Dressel, Jr.
Executive Director

 

 

 

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