WEST ORANGE, NJ — A resolution authorizing a one-year agreement with Millennium Strategies—from May 1, 2018 through April 30, 2019—for the company’s grant-writing services at a rate of $36,000 per year was adopted at this week’s West Orange Township Council meeting.

Councilman Joe Krakoviak questioned why the administration recommended the renewal of the Millennium Strategies grant writer when its bid was the highest of the three that were considered. Business Administrator John Sayer and John Gross, chief financial officer, both said that Millennium Strategies has sent West Orange the “best” grant writers that they have ever worked with, and they highly recommended the renewal of the contract regardless of the high bid.  

“Their performance has been outstanding,” said Gross. “In addition, changing to a new vendor would take hours of our department heads’ time, which would cost thousands of dollars.”

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Council President Susan McCartney agreed with Gross, stating that the company is “well worth the money.”

“They are constantly searching for grants for us, and they are always open to pursuing new grants whenever we approach them with an idea for a project that needs funding,” she said. “We have approximately $2 million in pending grant applications, and it is important to them to see these grant processes through.”

Pictured above, local realtors join council members recognize the 50th anniversary of The Fair Housing Act, Title VIII of the Civil Rights Act of 1968. Realtors participating in the recognition presentation were, from left, James Hughes, Yolanda Bass, Jason Miess and Deborah Regan, who are seen holding the council’s proclamation. 

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