ROSELLE—The Borough of Roselle and the City of Linden today announced Linden will conduct all tree maintenance operations for the two municipalities, resulting in an estimated $74,000 savings for Roselle and a new revenue stream for Linden.
The move comes as the two neighboring Union County municipalities look to cut costs by exploring shared-service opportunities.
The Roselle Borough Council agreed to set aside $40,000 to finance tree maintenance services—well below original cost projections for anticipated tree removals and pruning.
“We’re constantly on the lookout for ways to lighten the tax burden on Roselle residents while providing the quality, efficient municipal services we always have,” said Roselle Mayor Jamel C. Holley. “This partnership with Linden comes at the right time and represents a continued working relationship between our two towns.”
Linden Mayor Richard J. Gerbounka welcomed the agreement, saying the new arrangement would “translate into significant savings to municipal government.”
The Roselle Department of Public Works has identified 43 trees in need of removal and 11 trees in need of pruning, costing the Borough roughly $114,000 according to previous estimates. The borough’s shade tree budget, at $80,000 per year, falls well below that amount.
“We would have been over budget already,” Holley said. “By capping our tree maintenance budget at $40,000, this agreement with Linden saves us nearly $75,000—and that’s just the beginning.”
Gerbounka said he’s ready to explore additional cost-cutting measures with Roselle. “We share our animal control services and now our tree maintenance services, so Mayor Holley and I look forward to working together to identify future savings for the benefit of our taxpayers.”
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