Resolution #19-11: Authorizing the Appointment and Award of Contract for Professional Services for the Authority’s Attorney
Date of Adoption: February 21, 2019
WHEREAS, there is a need for legal services for the year 2019-2020 the Vernon Municipal Utilities Authority wishes to fill the position of Attorney; 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 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 Lavery, Selvaggi, Abromitis & Cohen for the Municipal Utilities Authority legal services 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 Lavery, Selvaggi, Abromitis & Cohen 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 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 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 the VTMUA executive director 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 director shall publish the award of contract as required by law within 10 days of the passage of this resolution.