October 12, 2012
RE: A-2006 (Allows Contracting for Construction Code Services)
The League supports A-2006, which has been referred to the Assembly Housing and Local Government Committee. The bill would permit a municipality to contract with a private company to provide construction officials, subcode officials, and technical assistants. Under the provisions of this bill, the services provided by a private company, which would need to be certified by the Department of Community Affairs, would be considered professional services and the municipality would be able to award the contract to the company following the Local Public Contracts Law and Pay-to-Play Laws. Under the bill, no employees of a private company would be eligible for tenure rights or pension or retirement benefits.
This bill would provide a municipality with an option that could reduce costs and improve services. Governing bodies all around the State would welcome the opportunity to evaluate whether a private contractor could deliver construction code services more economically and more efficiently. Taxpayers and builders would also enjoy the benefits this reform could produce.
We commend the sponsors of the bill. We believe that it merits legislative approval. We have asked that A-2006 be scheduled for Committee consideration as soon as possible.
Please contact your representatives in Trenton and urge them to get behind A-2006.
Thank you for your consideration. If you have any questions, contact Mike Cerra at firstname.lastname@example.org
Very truly yours,
William G. Dressel, Jr.