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.