1) Public Welcome to Bid Opening Today. - The four firms who have submitted proposals must deliver their “best and final offers” to the Eckert-Seamans lawfirm by 4:00 PM tomorrow afternoon. The press and public is welcome.
A Committee of Council and Administration representatives will be review the detail of all aspects of the final offers, not just price, as outlined in the original Request for Qualifications/Proposals bid documents.
Next week, on Wednesday, they will recommend the best firm with which to begin final negotiations towards a sale of the business and facilities.
County Executive John Stoffa will discuss his decision with County Council at the February 3, 2011 County Council meeting. If you'd like to run out to Harrisburg on a Friday afternoon, here are the details. I won't be able to make it.
Time/Date: 4:00 PM Friday, January 28, 2011
Place: Eckert Seamans Cherin & Mellott, LLC
213 Market Street, 8th Floor
Harrisburg, PA 17101
2) Election Commission To Meet Monday, not Friday. - Election Comm'n Chair Ken Kraft was kind enough to send me an email, notifying me of the change. According to Director of Administration John Conklin, the County was unable to get a notice to the papers quickly enough to comply with the Sunshine Act.
3) Election Comm'n Has Returned Gracedale Initiative. - In compliance with Monday's ruling, Election Commission Solicitor Chris Spadoni has returned the Gracedale Initiative Petition by registered mail. Proponents have until Valentine's Day, February 14, to seek judicial review.
4) Signature Challenge continued. -Because there is no Initiative Petition left for us to challenge, the Court has continued the hearing on objections filed by Ron Angle and yours truly. The case remains open in the event of an appeal.
5) Return of the Otter. - Larry Otter, who once unsuccessfully tried to stick Exec John Stoffa with a $2,470 bill for one night's representation of erstwhile Voting Registrar Deb DePaul, is swimming up the Delaware to take on the cause of Initiative proponents.
6) Language of Violence. - Northampton County Sheriff Randall Miller has reportedly told Council member Ron Angle that menacing remarks directed his way yesterday (read them here) do not reach the level required for a criminal investigation, but are enough to make him concerned about things getting out of hand. The downward spiraling Gracedale Goons claim no Sheriff will protect Angle because he voted against beefing up that department. These tin-foil hats are apparently unaware that they have just attacked the Sheriff's integrity.
Hold onto your seats. It's gonna' be a wild ride here in The People's Republic of Northampton County for the next several weeks.