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Freeholders Strike Shared Service Agreement with Woodland Park for Public Health Services

PASSAIC COUNTY - The Passaic County Board of Chosen Freeholders forged a shared service agreement with the Borough of Woodland Park to provide public health services through the Passaic County Health Department. This partnership is being enacted by way of the Uniform Shared Services and Consolidation Act that allows local government units to reduce waste and duplicative services through shared services agreements. 

“Passaic County continues to be a leader in negotiating and approving shared service agreements that reduce waste, lower costs, and provide a more effective product for our constituents,” stated Passaic County Freeholder Pasquale “Pat” Lepore. “In my hometown of Woodland Park, we are going to see a higher quality of public health services thanks to the Passaic County Department of Health. By regionalizing services we cut costs and save money, and most importantly, maintain vital government services. This agreement is a win-win for Passaic County and Woodland Park.” 

Under this agreement, Passaic County will provide Woodland Park with health education and promotion services, environmental health assessments, food establishment surveillance, conduct inspections of youth camps and campgrounds, inspections of recreational bathing facilities, such as pools and lakes, inspections of body art establishments, monitor tanning facilities, conduct reviews of subsurface sewage disposal systems, lead investigations into childhood lead poisoning, manage rabies and zoonotic disease control, food handling education, emergency response and preparedness, and any other inspections required by local ordinances. 

“The Passaic County Health Department is going to hit the ground running in providing high-quality public health services to Woodland Park residents,” stated Woodland Park Mayor Keith Kazmark. “Regionalizing public health services allows Woodland Park to benefit from the resources of Passaic County and offer a high-quality service for our constituents at a minimal impact to our local budget. We are going to continue to think outside the box to reduce costs while maintaining vital public services that protect the health, welfare, and environment of Woodland Park and our residents.” 

Passaic County will also supply a licensed nurse who will be present at the Borough’s offices two days a week in four-hour interims. The Passaic County Health Officer will be responsible for upholding State Laws and local ordinances pertaining to public health. Moreover, the Passaic County Health Department will host several basic health exams such as free blood pressure monitoring, cholesterol exams, glucose tests, and eye exams, all of which are free of charge. Information on recycling services, emergency preparedness, and other relevant health topics will also be easily accessible to the residents of Woodland Park.

This agreement will take effect July 1st, 2017. At that time, all health requests and complaints in Woodland Park can be forwarded to the Passaic County Health Officer by calling (973) 881-4396.