ROSELLE – The Roselle Urban Enterprise Zone Board unanimously approved a plan to share communication services with the Borough of Roselle at the UEZ Board’s regular meeting on Jan. 19.
The proposal calls for the UEZ to perform the duties of three communication services on behalf of the borough: (1.) develop and maintain a new municipal website (2.) publish the Roselle Roundup municipal newsletter and (3.) manage the borough’s municipal broadcasting station, channel 34.
The UEZ will assume the cost of all three services, saving Roselle taxpayers a six-figure dollar amount annually according to officials.
“Roselle taxpayers need a break and this is something the UEZ can do to help,” said Roselle UEZ Board member Joseph Jardim. “The plan will allow us to reduce the financial obligations of the borough and improve the communication services offered to residents.”
Roselle Mayor Garrett Smith believes the borough needs a more user-friendly website. The UEZ shared services plan is the most cost-effective way to pay for a new site’s design and maintenance, officials said. It will also increase the exposure of the Roselle UEZ by improving the synergy between the borough’s website traffic and the UEZ’s website traffic.
“Our current website is outdated. Roselle needs a high-quality, interactive website that will allow us to operate more efficiently as a municipal government and better serve our residents,” said Smith, who is also the chairman of the UEZ Board. “The UEZ is willing to pay for this and other important services, so we should definitely take advantage.”
The shared services plan must be approved by the Borough Council, Roselle’s governing body, before it can take effect.
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