Bilik operatives in line for County Contract
On Sunday, May 10th, the New Jersey Herald reported that the solar bailout was in danger of unraveling with a cost to Sussex County taxpayers of further millions.
The bailout -- which was engineered by the County's top bureaucrats and supported in a 3 to 2 vote by Freeholders Vohden, Crabb, and Mudrick -- split Sussex County Republicans. Prior to the vote, the three had supported Parker Space for re-election and Gail Phoebus for election to the Assembly. After the vote, Vohden and Crabb supported the candidacy of Marie Bilik.
Since the fallout from the vote, the County's top bureaucrats have all announced their resignations. Now it looks like they are preparing to hand their allies a no-bid contract as they get ready to head out the door.
According to the official Agenda for the Sussex County Freeholder Board for tomorrow night, May 13th, an ordinance will be voted on that makes Concord Energy Services (an affiliate of Concord Engineering) the provider through which Sussex County will purchase energy. The contract covers the period June 1, 2015 to May 31, 2017.
Concord Engineering's Vice President of Government Relations is Wendy Molner. It was Molner who recruited Marie Bilik to run for Assembly. Bilik's campaign chairman, Molly Whilesmith, is a lobbyist for Concord Engineering. Both Molner and Whilesmith are paid to convince county and municipal governments to use the services of Concord Engineering and its affiliates.
Both Molner and Whilesmith are former Mayors. Molner was Freeholder Crabb's campaign manager in 2014. Whilesmith, a Democrat turned Republican is still a member of Sparta Council.
Concord Engineering is a very political South Jersey firm that has made hundreds of monetary contributions to elected officials. The firm is located in Voorhees, New Jersey, where it maintains a close relationship with the political machine of Camden County Democrat boss George Norcross.
Concerned citizens of Sussex County should attend tomorrow night's meeting of the Freeholder Board. The meeting begins at 5:00 PM and is held at the Sussex County Administrative Center, 1 Spring Street, in Newton.
The Agenda of the Sussex County Freeholder Board reads:
K. RESOLUTION RE: AUTHORIZATION TO EXECUTE AN AGREEMENT FOR ELECTRICITY GENERATION SUPPLY SERVICE UNDER THE PASSAIC COUNTY ENERGY COOPERATIVE PRICING SYSTEM TO VARIOUS BUILDINGS WITHIN
SUSSEX COUNTY (Pricing for this agreement is $.0869 per kilowatt for a 24 month period beginning June 1, 2015 and ending in May 31, 2017)
Concord Engineering is the Program Manager for Passaic County Government Energy Aggregation Program
PASSAIC COUNTY ENERGY COOPERATIVE PRICING SYSTEM