PEAPACK AND GLADSTONE NJ - Peapack-Gladstone will continue its drive to consolidate services with surrounding communities on Tuesday.  On the agenda of Tuesday's meeting is a resolution to approve a shared services agreement with Bedminster.  That agreement, if approved, would commit the borough to share senior transportation services with Bedminster.

Bedminster already has in place a free transportation service for residents over the age of 55.  Peapack-Gladstone has for years provided a similar service.  Under the new agreement Bedminster will provide local transportation service for residents over the age of 55 and for handicapped residents.  Residents must secure the approval of the Visiting Nurse Association to ride the senior van.

According to the agreement, the van's schedule will be as follows:

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Monday - No Van Service Available

Tuesday - Hillsborough area (ShopRite, Kohl’s, and Farmers’ Market)

Wednesday – Chester Area (ShopRite and Dollar Store)

Thursday – Bridgewater/Somerville Area (Wegmans and Manville Walmart)

Friday - No Van Service Available

Peapack-Gladstone will pay $15 per day per rider for any borough resident who rides in the van.  The shared service would replace the borough's senior van service.  The borough has historically provided a senior van service.  That service required the borough to own and maintain a van, and to employ a part-time driver.

"The borough will continue to explore appropriate shared service agreements," said Mayor William Muller.  "Shared services agreements provide a way for the borough to continue to provide services while addressing the pressures on the borough's budget."

The shared service agreement comes on the heels of the first week of the new shared municipal court between Peapack-Gladstone, Bedminster and Bernardsville.  March 1, was the first session in which the shared court heard cases from Bernardsville.  According to Mayor Muller, the first day of the new shared court was successful.  

The Borough Council meeting will begin at 7:00 instead of the regularly scheduled time of 7:30.  The council will consider the shared services agreement during the meeting.