Resolution #14-19: Authorizing the Award of Contract for Professional Services for the Authority’s Licensed Operator

Date of Adoption: February 20, 2014

WHEREAS, there is a need for a Licensed Operator for the year 2014-2015 and the Vernon Municipal Utilities Authority wishes to fill the position of Licensed Operator; and

WHEREAS, N.J.S.A. 40A:11-5 specifically exempts professional services from provisions of public bidding as provided in the Local Public Contracts Law; and

WHEREAS, said specified professional services are to be rendered or performed by a person or persons properly licensed to practice as Sanitary Sewer Operator, and whose practice is regulated by law within the meaning of N.J.S.A. 40A:11-1 et seq., as amended; and

WHEREAS, the performance of said professional services requires knowledge of an advanced field of learning acquired by prolonged formal course of specialized training and study as distinguished from general academic instruction or apprenticeship and training; and

WHEREAS, the Vernon Township Municipal Utilities Authority is desirous to renew the current agreement with the firm AGRA Environmental & Laboratory Services Inc., for the Municipal Utilities Authority Licensed Operator as a non-fair and open contract pursuant to the provisions of the Local Public Contracts Law, N.J.S.A. 40A:11-1 et. seq.; and

WHEREAS, the Local Public Contracts Law N.J.S.A. 40A:11-1 et. seq., as amended, requires that the Resolution be publically advertised.

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED by the Vernon Township Municipal Utilities Authority that they hereby authorize and approve the award of a contract of a Professional Service Agreement to the firm AGRA Environmental & Laboratory Services Inc. pursuant to a non-fair and open contract pursuant to the provisions of the Local Public Contracts Law, 40A:20-1 et. seq. to provide General Legal Services in accordance with the attached Contracts for Professional Services.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the award of contract shall be contingent upon the completion and receipt of the following:

  1. A fully executed professional services agreement detailing the scope of services, established fees for said services, mandatory Equal Opportunity Language and Affirmative Action Certificate; and
  2. Receipt of all statutorily mandated “pay to play” political contribution forms pursuant to N.J.S.A. 19:44A-20.4 et seq.;
  3. New Jersey Business Registration Certificate; and
  4. Upon the aforementioned professional being a member in good standing in his respective profession.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Vernon Township Municipal Utilities Authority and the VTMUA Recording Secretary are hereby authorized and directed to execute, seal and deliver the attached Contracts for Professional Services on behalf of and in the name of the Vernon Township Municipal Utilities Authority, and that the Township Clerk shall publish the award of contract as required by law within 10 days of the passage of this Resolution.