TOWNSHIP TO ENJOY BIG SAVINGS WITH FACILITY MANAGEMENT CHANGES
Township to save over $169,000 annually by privatizing facilities management, janitorial services
(Cape May Court House)—The Middle Township Committee has moved forward with a plan to save taxpayers over $169,000 annually by consolidating and privatizing its facilities management and janitorial services. The reorganization in these services results in the elimination of a Project and Facilities Manager position while also privatizing janitorial services.
“We continue to review and reorganize our Township departments in order to provide a better level of services while saving significant taxpayers’ dollars”, said Middle Township Deputy Mayor Tim Donohue. “This reorganization is part of our review of all facets of government as we try to get a bigger bang for the buck while also soliciting new sources of grants and non-traditional revenue”.
Deputy Mayor Donohue announced that both Administrator Connie Mahon and Public Works Director Rob Flynn will both assume additional responsibilities and provide oversight of Township facilities and ongoing projects. Janitorial services have been awarded to a private contractor at an annual cost of $16,900.
“Public buildings will be cleaned twice per week and our Department of Public Works will assume some other responsibilities including setting up for meetings and other day to day tasks”, Donohue said. “It’s another example of how the Township can maintain or improve the level of services by considering alternate solutions”.
The reorganization of the Township’s janitorial services and facilities management will eliminate over $186,000 of salary, wages, and benefits from the Township budget on a recurring basis.
The Middle Township Committee continues to review and evaluate all departments and job duties in Township government in order to improve the level of services while saving taxpayers’ dollars. Recently, Middle Township has refinanced sewer debt, assigned sewer billing to the Tax Collector’s Office, consolidated the offices of the Municipal Clerk and Municipal Registrar, and has conducted an in-house property reassessment.
Township officials have also been successful in securing nearly $1 million in grants for various projects in 2013, including $582,000 in county open space funding for the Ockie Wisting Recreational Complex, a $300,000 state grant for the Township’s bike path project, and $48,000 in Clean Communities funding.