Freehold Township officials authorize shared services agreements

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FREEHOLD TOWNSHIP – The Township Committee in Freehold Township has entered into shared services agreements with nearby municipalities.

• With Freehold Borough, Freehold Township will provide information technology services; licensed treatment plant operational services for Freehold Borough’s water and sewer utilities; health services; substance abuse prevention and counseling services; automotive services; Schibanoff Road commuter parking lot permits to Freehold Borough residents; and code enforcement, building inspection and plan review services;

• With Manalapan, Freehold Township will provide information technology services;

• With Farmingdale, Freehold Township will provide licensed operational services for Famingdale’s water and sewer utilities; and sign making services and other public works tasks related to goods and services;

• With Keyport, Freehold Township will provide information technology services; and licensed operational services for Keyport’s water and sewer utilities;

• With Bay Head, Freehold Township will provide information technology services;

• With Howell, Freehold Township will provide licensed operational services for Howell’s water and sewer utilities;

• With Allentown, Freehold Township will provide a community emergency notification system from Everbridge;

• With Millstone Township, Freehold Township will provide sign making services.

Committee members authorized a shared services agreement with Manalapan, Millstone Township and Freehold Borough for regional animal control. Manalapan will serve as the lead agency in the agreement.

The committee authorized an agreement with the Manasquan River Regional Sewerage Authority for automotive services; licensed operational services for the authority’s sewer utilities; information technology services; and vehicle refueling.

Municipal officials authorized a shared services agreement with the Freehold First Aid and Emergency Squad for automotive services. The first aid squad serves Freehold Borough and Freehold Township.

Committee members authorized an agreement with the Visiting Nurse Association Health Group for a Culture of Health Coalition Facilitator, in addition to an agreement with the association for health services.

Finally, committee members authorized shared services agreements with the Freehold Township Fire District No. 1 Board of Fire Commissioners and the Freehold Township Fire District No. 2 Board of Fire Commissioners for vehicle refueling and for the hiring of four part-time fire prevention training specialists.

According to a resolution regarding the fire prevention training specialists, the fire commissioners from the two fire districts agreed to pay $8,333 toward the base salary of $15 per hour for each employee to serve as fire prevention training specialists during 2021. The funds may also be used to obtain training materials.

The resolution states that the fire commissioners recognized a need for education in the area of fire prevention and that combining funds would enable them to educate seniors and young people in the area of fire prevention.