Freeholder H. James Polos
Chair, Public Works and Transportation Committee

Bi-county Shared Service Agreement
to Save Money, Ensure Safer Roadway

Middlesex County partners with the City of Plainfield
to Mill and Resurface Jefferson Avenue

JUNE 8, 2011 –Middlesex County Freeholder H. James Polos, Dunellen Mayor Robert J. Seader and Plainfield Mayor Sharon Robinson-Briggs broke ground today for a project to mill and resurface Jefferson Avenue in Dunellen. 

Through a bi-county, shared services partnership, the City of Plainfield contracted Middlesex County to resurface Jefferson Avenue, between the Green Brook and Route 28, at a cost of $30,000. This partnership achieves a milestone in cost savings and governmental efficiency in cross-county and local/county government collaboration, officials said. They said both governments planned and executed agreements to resurface Jefferson Avenue in less than three months.

“This unique shared service arrangement is a great example of different levels of government working together for a common goal,” said Middlesex County Freeholder H. James Polos. “These road improvements will benefit Union and Middlesex County residents in the most cost-efficient manner. I hope this arrangement sets a model for other bi-county public works projects, which we wish to pursue.”

“On the border of two governments, the deterioration of the Jefferson Avenue roadway has been a frustration for the residents on both sides.  The circumstances, however, were opportune for an inter-local agreement, to fast-track the project, share resources and to coordinate the resurfacing of the roadway for the residents and commuters traveling the road,” said Mayor Robinson-Briggs.   

Mayor Robinson-Briggs added that while the project represents major savings to taxpayers in money and time, it is the recognition that governments can work together, efficiently and resourcefully to achieve a common goal, that provides the encouragement for future endeavors.

“All residents of Jefferson Avenue and the Borough of Dunellen can take great satisfaction from the paving of Jefferson Avenue,” said Mayor Seader. “Through the hard work and determined coordination of officials from Dunellen, Plainfield, and Middlesex County, this important undertaking that improves a vital roadway linking three different counties has now been completed.  I am grateful to Mayor Sharon Robinson-Briggs and Freeholder James Polos for their assistance in this fine shared services project.” 

“The Middlesex County Freeholder Board is committed to fostering Shared Services agreements with our local municipalities, and neighboring counties and towns to reduce operational costs and generate revenue” said Middlesex County Freeholder Director Christopher D. Rafano. “This agreement is a perfect example of how working together can benefit all our taxpayers.”