This month I thought I might touch on the efficiency of the Randolph municipal organization. I previously reported on this year’s municipal budget and the resulting zero increase in the municipal portion of your tax bill. In fact, this has been the case for the past three consecutive years. Streamlining its workforce through attrition during economic downturns, years of fiscal prudence, and the competent management of our municipal organization left the township well positioned for the economic upturn we’ve experienced these past several years. Sharing services with various municipalities and entities assists the township in minimizing the cost of services it provides our residents. The following lists several existing shared service arrangements:
- Randolph founded, and is the lead agency of, the Morris County Cooperative Pricing Council, a purchasing cooperative which includes over 210 public agencies. Through the cooperative, the township has saved millions of dollars since its inception in 1974.
- Health services with Roxbury Twp. and Rockaway Borough.
- Animal control services with Dover, Rockaway Borough, Mendham Twp., and Mendham Borough.
- Randolph Regional Animal Shelter was established through a shared service agreement with Mendham Township.
- Construction code services and a water metering system with Roxbury Twp.
- Emergency 911 dispatch services through an agreement with Morris County and their regional dispatch center.
- Public Works equipment is shared with several municipalities through a myriad of formal and informal agreements: the purchase of an asphalt paver with Denville, a crack sealer with Jefferson, and an asphalt zipper with Denville and Rockaway Twp.
- Several agreements exist with the BOE: the Public Works Maintenance facility is shared with the BOE’s maintenance and transportation operations, including the fueling depot; land acquisition by utilizing a creative lease-purchase process most recently resulting in the BOE’s creation of the Transition House; computer services; support for infrastructure repairs; the supply of salt for snow and ice control; fields and other athletic facilities.
The council and municipal organization continually seek opportunities that are economically beneficial to Randolph taxpayers. As always, reach out to me or any other council member with questions or concerns. My cell phone number is 201-400-6747 and email address is firstname.lastname@example.org. Enjoy the summer season and be safe!