HACKENSACK- Bergen County officials on Wednesday authorized a shared services contract with the Township of Washington for vehicle maintenance and repair of the Township’s fleet of fifteen vehicles, 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.
The contract allows Washington Township to make use of the services and facilities of the County’s Mechanical Services division and vehicle repair facility, located in Paramus off of Farview Avenue near the Washington Township border. Previously, the Township has sought such services from private vendors at greater expense to the taxpayers.
“When it comes to keeping our communities safe, our roads clean and well maintained, and protecting our citizens, the vehicles used by police officers, public works employees, and first responders are valuable tools,” said County Executive Jim Tedesco. “Maintaining these vehicles with regular, high quality service is a necessary expenditure, but it can be costly for the taxpayers. I’m pleased we are going to help save Washington Township residents money by having experienced Bergen County Public Works employees service the fleet using county-owned equipment.”
“Shared Services contracts like this are a win-win for the residents of Washington Township and the taxpayers of Bergen County,” said Freeholder Tom Sullivan, who serves on the Freeholders’ Shared Services Committee. “By allowing the town to use our existing equipment and expertise at our new facility in Paramus, we can help keep local expenses down in our municipalities while making more efficient and expanded use of our repair equipment. And as more towns and school districts come on board, the savings will be even greater for Bergen County residents.”