CARTERET—Shoddy service from Perth Amboy animal control officials has jeopardized some $90,000 in fees from Carteret that would have been due under the terms of a shared services agreement.
The two neighboring communities agreed in 2005 to have Perth Amboy’s animal control agency provide service to Carteret for about $22,000 a year.
As a result of Perth Amboy’s failure during the first two years to deliver the quality of service called for in the contract, which runs through 2009, Carteret never paid for the service, according to Mayor Dan Reiman.
Reiman said Perth Amboy Mayor Wilda Diaz wrote to him several weeks ago concerning the matter and he intends to meet with her to negotiate a fair settlement.
Reiman also said he discussed the matter with Perth Amboy Councilman Kenneth Balut, who approached borough officials expressing concern that the $90,000 never made its way to Perth Amboy municipal coffers.
However, Reiman noted that Perth Amboy never invoiced Carteret for the services and his employees have documented numerous shortcomings in the service.
“The service was unsatisfactory and Carteret taxpayers should not have to pay for all of it,” said Reiman. “Perth Amboy animal control officers failed to answer calls about not only cats and dogs, but deer and other beasts running loose in our community.”
While the service has improved in the last two years, the borough should not be assessed for the time when Carteret did not get anything worth paying for, according to Reiman.
Officials have not indicated whether they would renew the shared services contract when it expires later this year.
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