Last week, Bergen County officials authorized shared services agreements with the City of Garfield and the Borough of Dumont. Both agreements allow for the short-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. These announcements come on the heels of several shared service agreements announced in June.

The contract with Dumont allows the municipality to make direct requests for the street sweeper if it’s available. 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. These new shared services contracts streamline the process by allowing the municipality to go directly to the county and get the equipment on the ground faster. 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. 

“I’m pleased to continue to play a role in this tremendous program,” said Freeholder Germaine Ortiz. “As we expand the number of municipalities taking advantage of shared services agreement, we expand the savings and streamlined efficiencies this program provides.”

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The first agreement with Garfield allows the borrowing of emergency and non-emergency county-owned equipment; the second allows Garfield access to short-term rental of a county-owned street sweeper. The second contract allows Garfield to make use of the services and facilities of the County’s Mechanical Services division and vehicle repair facility, located in Paramus. The third contract allows for the maintenance and repair of Garfield’s fleet of vehicles through the county. 

“This is a great opportunity to work with local leaders in Dumont and Garfield 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 [Dumont and Garfied] 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.”

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. These new shared services contracts streamline the process by allowing the municipality to go directly to the county and get the equipment on the ground faster, or vehicles serviced and repaired more efficiently, at a lower rate, according to a statement from the County Executive's Office. 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.