Resolution #16-24: Authorizing the Award of Contract for Professional Services for Authority Attorney

Date of Adoption: February 18, 2016

WHEREAS, there is a need for general legal services for the year 2016/2017 for position of attorney to the Vernon Township Municipal Utilities Authority; 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 authorized by law to practice a recognized profession, 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 a 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 appoint Richard W. Wenner, Esq. of the law offices of Lavery, Selvaggi, Abromitis & Cohen, P.C., 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 this Resolution be publicly advertised.

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED by the Vernon Township Municipal Utilities Authority that they hereby authorize and approve the award of contract of a professional service agreement to Richard W. Wenner, Esq. of the law offices of Lavery, Selvaggi, Abromitis & Cohen, P.C. pursuant to a non-fair and open contract pursuant to the provisions of the Local Public Contracts Law, N.J.S.A. 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:

  • A fully executed professional services agreement detailing the scope of services, established fees for said professional services, mandatory Equal Opportunity Language and Affirmative Action Certificate; and
  • Receipt of all statutorily mandated “pay to play” political contribution forms pursuant to N.J.S.A. 19:44A-20.4 et seq.;
  • New Jersey Business Registration Certificate; and
  • 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 VTMUA recording secretary or township clerk 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 ten (10) days of passage of this resolution.