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December 4, 2008

Important New Information from the Division of Local Government Services




Dear Mayor:

We would like to draw your attention to some important new information on the website of the Division of Local Government Services. The Division has released two Local Finance Notices affecting municipalities. 

1) Notice 2008-20, "Contracting for Renewable Energy Services - P.L. 2008, c. 83" covers important public contracting and implementation issues of this new law that promotes local government use of solar and related renewable energy activities.  It also references the new Local Government Energy Audit program administered by the BPU as a preliminary step to implementing solar programs.  It should be reviewed by any local government organization interested in installing or contracting for solar installations.

2) Notice 2008-21, “Online Auctions and Other Procurement Related Issues” provides updated information on the use of online auctions for the sale of government personal property.  It covers other matters related to the sale of property, including abandoned vehicles and forfeited property, use of classified ad websites, and sale of renewable energy certificates.  A second section covers range of local and public school contracting issues including affirmative action rules, adjustments for petroleum price changes, the Local Government Energy Audit Program, limits on membership in national cooperative purchasing programs, and using online legal ads as an affidavit of publication.

The notices are online at

If you have any questions or concerns about this communication, please contact Deborah M. Kole, Staff Attorney, at the League, Ex. 137, or at


                                                                        Very truly yours,


                                                                        William G. Dressel, Jr.
                                 Executive Director




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