Dunellen, Middlesex Borough Contract With County For Fire Code Enforcement

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MIDDLESEX COUNTY — The Boroughs of Dunellen and Middlesex have voted to contract with Middlesex County for the County Fire Marshal’s Office to provide Uniform Fire Safety Code Enforcement.

Under the shared services arrangement, Middlesex County would provide 24-hour-a-day, seven-day-a-week service to the boroughs in enforcing the New Jersey Uniform Fire Code Safety Act.

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The towns would see costs savings because they would not have to pay salaries and benefits for a local code official. The towns also would continue to receive half of the penalties collected from offenders, which is exactly as it has been.

The county will not charge the towns for service. It will cover the costs of performing the enforcement duties through inspection fees.

“This is a perfect example of a shared service and of a way to consolidate certain services at the county level,” said Freeholder Mildred S. Scott, chair of the county’s Law and Public Safety Committee. “Regionalizing this service at the county level will provide immediate cost savings to the municipalities and ultimately lead to a reduction in property taxes for our residents.”

The Freeholder Board passed an ordinance at its Oct. 7 meeting that named the Fire Marshal’s Office as the code enforcer for all county-owned buildings, instead of paying the host town to perform the duties.

The office will handle all day-to-day operations, including fire protection, inspections, and Enforcement of the Uniform Fire Code.


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