County Bidding Process Could Be More Transparent

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UNION COUNTY – The county will be accepting bids for a project at the 20-acre Ponderosa Farms property in Scotch Plains early next year, but interested contractors will have to spend $350 to buy a description to find out what the work entails.

In 2003, Union County purchased the Ponderosa Farms property on Cooper Road from the Sevell family for $10 million using Open Space funds.


At the time of that purchase, state Sen. Joseph Suliga said the property would remain a farm, where people could see what life was like “in a simpler time.”

Suliga is now deceased and the county is finalizing plans for the property.

In February, more than 300 Scotch Plains residents at a Zoning Board meeting protested the county’s plan to lease the property to a children’s petting zoo.

Prospective bidders would also need to attend a mandatory pre-bid meeting and site walk will be held on Jan. 6, at 10:30 a.m. at the Ponderosa Farm, 1600 Cooper Road in Scotch Plains.

A similar mandatory pre-bid meeting will be held on the same day at 10 a.m. at the existing Galloping Hill Golf Clubhouse, 3 Golf Drive, Kenilworth.

Prospective bidders can find out about that job with a payment of $500, but the description suggests it involves building a new clubhouse learning center.

A list of these and other potential contract opportunities is available online at

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