Bergen freeholder questions last-minute resolutions
Monday February 11, 2013, 6:03 PM
BY JOHN C. ENSSLIN
Bergen County Freeholder Maura DeNicola complained Monday that too many resolutions – some for large dollar contracts – are coming before the board at the last minute.
DeNicola noted that at the board’s last work session on Feb. 6, there were 14 late items on the agenda that called for total spending of $1.4 million. The spending resolutions – most of which were approved by the board – paid for bills ranging from the printing of sample ballots to the purchase of emergency generators.
But getting those items right before the start of a 4:30 p.m. work session does not allow the board enough time to give them the fiscal scrutiny they deserve, DeNicola said. Too often non-emergency items are being rushed through as though they were an emergency, she said.