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Matawan and Keyport Enter Shared Service Agreement for Street Sweeper

Matawan will share its street sweeper with Keyport.

The Matawan Borough Council approved a shared service agreement with Keyport at their April 16 between the boroughs’ respective Department of Works.

According to the resolution, which was passed unanimously, Keyport will be permitted to use Matawan’s street sweeper instead of having to purchase one.

The agreement for the use of Matawan’s sweeper will be in effect until December 31, 2013. According to the resolution, Keyport will be permitted to use the sweeper no more than three days a week under a schedule worked out in advance by the boroughs’ respective Department of Works. It must be picked up by an authorized operator and returned after each use, empty of an debris swept from the street.

Keyport, according to the resolution, will pay $300 per use and payment will be due at the end of each financial quarter. However, the cost may not exceed $20,000.

This is not the first shared service agreement reached between the two municipalities. Matawan and Keyport, in conjunction with Hazlet, created a shared court system in 2012 in an attempt to reduce court costs.

“I think this is a great step in the right direction," said Matawan councilwoman Toni Angelini, adding that she hopes to see even more shared services in the future.

Williamhorton, Jr. April 23, 2013 at 02:15 PM
What should happen is that when the sweeper goes to Keyport, Keyport should send a man to Matawan to work. By doing this only on town is responsible for its operation and maintenance otherwise is something goes wrong with the sweeper there will be finger pointing. What about the shared costs of the operation, the story doesn't mention that. I was in the public works business for 45 years and one thing you don't do is have towns share/use a piece of equipment unless only one town is operating it!
John Burrowes April 23, 2013 at 07:58 PM
Bravo to both Keyport and Matawan for agreeing on something to help ease the burden for taxpayers, albeit it little. I'm not sure what the last poster was referring to as far as liability goes, but I'm a firm believer that anything that can lower costs while increasing effectiveness is a good thing. There is no reason small towns such as Keyport or Matawan should ever have two separate street sweepers. The added costs are problematic for taxpayers and the only one who truly benefits is the person collecting that extra maintenance salary. In pressing fiscal times municipal governments MUST learn how to adapt and budget properly and most effectively. Shared services are a great start, but Matawan/Keyport /Aberdeen should really consider a consolidated police, fire, and emt squad in order to save taxpayers the maximum amount of money. Matawan and Aberdeen have had success combining school systems, so why not in other areas? There's a wholeeee lotta fat out there that could be cut out and put back into the taxpayers hands, where it rightfully belongs. We work hard for our money and it seems like local officials don't seem to care very much as long as status quo is undisturbed. A government of the people, by the people, for the people is something every man and woman should internalize.

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