2017 New Jersey Revised Statutes
TITLE 18A - EDUCATION
Section 18A:72A-5 - Authority's powers.

18A:72A-5 Authority's powers.

18A:72A-5. The authority shall have power:

(a) To adopt bylaws for the regulation of its affairs and the conduct of its business;

(b) To adopt and have an official common seal and alter the same at pleasure;

(c) To maintain an office at such place or places within the State as it may designate;

(d) To sue and be sued in its own name, and plead and be impleaded;

(e) To borrow money and to issue bonds and notes and other obligations of the authority and to provide for the rights of the holders thereof as provided in this chapter;

(f) To acquire, lease as lessee, hold and dispose of real and personal property or any interest therein, in the exercise of its powers and the performance of its duties under this chapter;

(g) To acquire in the name of the authority by purchase or otherwise, on such terms and conditions and in such manner as it may deem proper, or by the exercise of the power of eminent domain, any land or interest therein and other property which it may determine is reasonably necessary for any project, including any lands held by any county, municipality or other governmental subdivision of the State; and to hold and use the same and to sell, convey, lease or otherwise dispose of property so acquired, no longer necessary for the authority's purposes;

(h) To receive and accept, from any federal or other public agency or governmental entity, grants or loans for or in aid of the acquisition or construction of any project, and to receive and accept aid or contributions from any other source, of either money, property, labor or other things of value, to be held, used and applied only for the purposes for which such grants, loans and contributions may be made;

(i) To prepare or cause to be prepared plans, specifications, designs and estimates of costs for the construction and equipment of projects for participating colleges under the provisions of this chapter, and from time to time to modify such plans, specifications, designs or estimates;

(j) By contract or contracts or by its own employees to construct, acquire, reconstruct, rehabilitate and improve, and furnish and equip, projects for participating colleges; however, in any contract or contracts undertaken by the authority for the construction, reconstruction, rehabilitation or improvement of any public college project where the cost of such work will exceed $25,000, the contracting agent shall advertise for and receive in the manner provided by law:

(1) separate bids for branches of work in the following categories:

(a) the plumbing and gas fitting work;

(b) the refrigeration, heating and ventilating systems and equipment;

(c) the electrical work, including any electrical power plants, tele-data, fire alarm, or security system;

(d) the structural steel and ornamental iron work;

(e) general construction, which shall include all other work and materials required for the completion of the project, or

(2) bids for all work and materials required to complete the entire project if awarded as a single contract; or

(3) both (1) and (2) above.

In the case of separate bids pursuant to paragraph (1) or (3) of this subsection, prime contractors shall not be required to name subcontractors for categories (a) through (d) in their bid. In the case of a single bid under paragraph (2) or (3), all bids submitted shall set forth the names and license numbers of, and evidence of performance security from, all subcontractors to whom the general contractor will subcontract the work described in the foregoing categories (a) through (d) in paragraph (1). Subcontractors who furnish non-specialty trade work pursuant to category (e), or subcontractors who furnish work to named subcontractors pursuant to categories (a) through (d), shall not be named in the bid. Notwithstanding the foregoing provisions of this subsection, an authority may choose to require in its bid specification that a subcontractor shall be named in a bid when, in the case of paragraph (1), separate bids for each category, the work of that subcontractor exceeds 35 percent of the authority's estimated amount of value of the work, which shall be set forth in the bid specification.

Contracts shall be awarded to the lowest responsible bidder whose bid, conforming to the invitation for bids, will be the most advantageous to the authority;

(k) To determine the location and character of any project to be undertaken pursuant to the provisions of this chapter, and to construct, reconstruct, maintain, repair, operate, lease, as lessee or lessor, and regulate the same; to enter into contracts for any or all such purposes; to enter into contracts for the management and operation of a project, and to designate a participating college as its agent to determine the location and character of a project undertaken by such participating college under the provisions of this chapter and, as the agent of the authority, to construct, reconstruct, maintain, repair, operate, lease, as lessee or lessor, and regulate the same, and, as agent of the authority, to enter into contracts for any and all such purposes including contracts for the management and operation of such project;

(l) To establish rules and regulations for the use of a project or any portion thereof and to designate a participating college as its agent to establish rules and regulations for the use of a project undertaken by such participating college;

(m) Generally to fix and revise from time to time and to charge and collect rates, rents, fees and other charges for the use of and for the services furnished or to be furnished by a project or any portion thereof and to contract with holders of its bonds and with any other person, party, association, corporation or other body, public or private, in respect thereof;

(n) To enter into any and all agreements or contracts, execute any and all instruments, and do and perform any and all acts or things necessary, convenient or desirable for the purposes of the authority or to carry out any power expressly given in this chapter;

(o) To invest any moneys held in reserve or sinking funds, or any moneys not required for immediate use or disbursement, at the discretion of the authority, in such obligations as are authorized by law for the investment of trust funds in the custody of the State Treasurer;

(p) To enter into any lease relating to higher education equipment with a public or private institution of higher education pursuant to the provisions of P.L.1993, c.136 (C.18A:72A-40 et al.);

(q) To enter into loan agreements with any county, to hold bonds or notes of the county evidencing those loans, and to issue bonds or notes of the authority to finance county college capital projects pursuant to the provisions of the "County College Capital Projects Fund Act," P.L.1997, c.360 (C.18A:72A-12.2 et seq.);

(r) To issue bonds and notes and other obligations of the authority under the direction of law for the purpose of providing financial assistance for the installation of fire prevention and safety systems in dormitories.

amended 1968, c.109; 1992, c.61, s.4; 1993, c.136, s.4; 1997, c.360, s.6; 2000, c.56, s.11; 2012, c.59, s.4.

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