to Shared Services for Ecological Facility
translate into savings and better service?
In Hamilton Township, Mayor Kelly
Yaede is working to make sure it will when it comes to the community’s
With shared service agreements
already lined up with Robbinsville, West Windsor and Lawrence Townships,
Hamilton officials will be able to operate the town’s Ecological Facility with
Public Works Department personnel at a greater savings to the community’s
taxpayers than what recent public bidding efforts yielded.
Additionally, the Township is
continuing to negotiate with other towns and governmental entities to expand
the scope of the shared services plan, which Hamilton believes will be a
“win-win” for all involved.
“Sharing services is nothing new for our community; but I believe this
shared services plan for our Ecological Facility will benefit the taxpayers of
Hamilton Township, as well as the taxpayers of every other participating
community,” says Mayor Kelly Yaede. “Additionally,
I am confident that the level of services provided to Hamilton residents will
be enhanced under this initiative.”
On June 30th,
Hamilton’s 6-year agreement with Britton Industries, a private company that
previously won the public bid to operate the Ecological Facility, lapsed. During the prior agreement, Hamilton received
$95,000 annually from Britton for the company’s right to operate the facility. In turn, the Township used the revenue to directly
offset property taxes and save on other costs that would otherwise be borne by
However, during the public
bidding process for a new contract, Britton - the only responding bidder –
proposed charging Hamilton Township $150,000 annual. The higher price-tag, along with a lengthy
list of documented issues of Britton failing to provide mulch to residents in
accordance to their agreement with the Township, as well as a dozen documented
violations against Britton by the New Jersey Department of Environmental
Protection, was enough for Hamilton officials to look for a better alternative
“My job is to protect our taxpayers and to ensure that they receive a
high level of service at our Ecological Facility. Spending $150,000 of taxpayers’ dollars for
substandard service was not an option.
Instead, we are working cooperatively and collaboratively with other
towns in a plan that will benefit all of our residents,” explains
As the Township resumes the
day-to-day operations of the Ecological Facility, Hamilton residents will
continue to have access to the facility.
Township officials plan to return the offering of free mulch to
residents as soon as possible.
Through the shared services
agreement, leaves and brush collected by partnering towns will be delivered
to Hamilton’s facility by government
vehicles (as opposed to residents from the partnering communities having to
travel to the Hamilton facility). In
turn, brush and wood chips and leaves from the participating towns will be
turned into mulch and wood chips and transported by government vehicles back to
their respective communities – for either public use or to supply to their
citizens. The process will also help to
avoid greater traffic congestion at the Ecological Facility.
Department of Public Works is already working on plans to reconfigure the
residential drop off areas at the facility to improve traffic flow and make
residential access more convenient. Officials
also intend to improve the aesthetical appearance of the site by cleaning up
present materials, such as reducing the extensive concrete piles that Britton
Industries exacerbated while managing the facility.
“By sharing services, achieving cost savings and enhancing services for
our residents, we are committed to providing Hamiltonians with the type of
Ecological Facility that they desire to frequently use and enjoy,” explains