HACKENSACK, NJ -- The Office of Bergen County Executive Jim Tedesco and the Bergen County Board of Chosen Freeholders announced on Thursday the County has entered several Shared Services Contracts with municipalities throughout the County, including Rutherford, East Rutherford, Midland Park, Hasbrouck Heights and Alpine.

The comprehensive shared service agreement with East Rutherford will provide the borough vehicle maintenance and repair service, as well as the sort-term rental of a county-owned street sweeper, as part of Bergen County Executive James J. Tedesco and the Board of Chosen Freeholders’ vision of offering County services to Bergen County’s 70 municipalities to increase efficiency and provide savings to taxpayers.

“This is a great opportunity to work with local leaders in East Rutherford on behalf of our residents,” said County Executive James J. Tedesco. “By streamlining the process of lending our available equipment to these communities, we are helping East Rutherford deliver more efficient, less expensive service to the taxpayers. We are excited to establish yet another shared service agreement and look forward to partnering with more Bergen County municipalities for the benefit of the people we serve.”

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According to a joint release from the offices of the County's elected officials, "Previously, municipalities were required to have their town council pass a resolution asking to borrow equipment from the county, which would then need to approve the request. This new shared services contract streamlines the process by allowing the municipality to go directly to the county and get the equipment on the ground faster, and/or have their municipal vehicles serviced and repaired. The only alternatives for the municipality were to either to purchase the equipment themselves or rent it from private vendors at greater expense to the taxpayers."

“These shared services agreements are allowing municipalities to cut through red tape and make the request directly from department to department. Not only is it more efficient, but it saves municipalities, and ultimately taxpayers, money,” said Freeholder Steve Tanelli.

The shared service agreements with Rutherford, Midland Park, Alpine and Hasbrouck Heights will efficiently allow the townships to borrow County-owned equipment free of charge.