The Purchasing Agent is directly responsible for the procurement of goods and services rendered the Township. The Purchasing Agent also maintains a centralized purchasing system for all offices and departments, and oversees the solicitation of competitive bids required by the Local Public Contracts Law. In 1997 the Purchasing Department processed 1,575 requisitions and issued 1,100 purchase orders.
Some of the major equipment and supplies purchased in 1997 by the Township Purchasing Agent were six Chevy Caprice police automobiles, two Harley Davidson Road King motorcycles, 25 gross of road flares, and a traffic speed monitor/counter for police operations; a plain paper fax machine in purchasing for our Municipal Budding; a new aluminum railing for the rear entrance of the Municipal Building, new carpeting in our Engineering administrative offices and the Council Chambers; a stump grinder and an articulated wheel loader for the Department of Public Works; new carousels for Recreation in Votee, Harte, and Andreas Parks. Our internal communications systems in DPW, Fire and Police were enhanced greatly by the procurement of additional radio equipment. Computers and printers were purchased within our Clerk's area, the manager's office, Finance, and the Building Department, all networked to our main financial system. Finally, computer workstations and printers were purchased for our Fire Prevention area and our Police Domestic Violence unit.
The Township is a firm believer in the concepts of cooperative purchasing and is a contributing partner and participant in both New Jersey's State Cooperative Purchasing Program and Bergen County's Cooperation Pricing System.
Ordering equipment, supplies and services through New Jersey's State Cooperative Purchasing Program and Bergen County's Cooperative Pricing System enabled the Township to secure better pricing since our needs were combined with the needs of other participant members. In 1997, the Township of Teaneck and the Borough of Bogota conducted a joint bid opening for the supplying and planting of trees in both municipalities. By combining requirements, both municipalities received cost benefits passed on to our taxpayers. Both municipalities also conducted a joint auction of surplus vehicles for the second straight year, with Teaneck's Purchasing Agent planning the event and serving as auctioneer.
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