By NANETTE LoBIONDO GALLOWAY
MARGATE – The last commissioners meeting of the year usually sees the appointment or reappointment of the professionals who will guide the Board of Commissioners over the next year. The meeting on Dec. 17 was no exception. The board made numerous unanimous appointments, most of which were recurring.
The board appointed Hank Rovillard, Esq. LLC as special tax counsel at an amount not to exceed $25,000. Legal services will be billed at $135 per hour.
Joseph Sayegh, Esq. will serve as municipal prosecutor at an amount not to exceed $35,000.
Carl Tripician, Esq. will serve as alternate/conflict attorney at a rate of $300 per session, not to exceed $2,000.
James Swift, Esq. will serve as public defender at an amount not to exceed $4,800.
Jerry H. Steiner, Esq. will serve as alternate/conflict public defender at a rate of $300 per session, not to exceed $1,000.
Raymond A. Batten of Archer and Greiner, PC will serve as hearing officer during employee disciplinary hearings, at a rate of $325 per session, not to exceed $17,500.
Fleishmen-Daniels Law Offices, LLC will serve as bond counsel to review future bond ordinances at an amount not to exceed $30,000.
The board also appointed an Emergency Management Council in compliance with the city’s emergency management plan. Members include Mayor Michael Becker, Commissioners Maury Blumberg and John Amodeo, Fire Chief Dan Adams, Police Chief Matt Hankinson, Public Works Superintendent Frank Ricciotti, Solicitor John Scott Abbott, Construction Official James Galantino, Emergency Management Coordinator Chuck LaBarre, Administrator Richard Deaney, and Chief Financial Officer Lisa McLaughlin.
In other business, the board approved a $43,884 contract for CM3 Building Solutions, Inc. to perform HVAC maintenance services; $232,048 contract for Mobile Dredging and Video Pipe, Inc. to provide cleaning and televising of the sewer system; and $122,296 contract for A. Guzzo Landscaping. LLC to provide landscaping of city buildings and grounds.
It also approved the electronic sale of beach tags through the Viply, LLC app, and appointed Bill Karbon of CBIZ Benefits & Insurance Services to perform third party actuary services for the Margate Lifeguard Pension Plan.
The commissioners also rejected three bids for janitorial services because the range of prices was so widespread, from more than $300,000 to as low as $41,628. It will rebid the job at a future date.
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