Atlantic County Receives Shared Services Grant Awards

By: Follow South Jersey Staff

MAYS LANDING, N.J. — Atlantic County officials have announced nearly $200,000 in state Local Efficiency Achievement Program (LEAP) grant funds to implement shared services projects.

“Atlantic County continues to work with our municipalities to find cost savings through shared services,” Atlantic County Executive Dennis Levinson said in a press release from the county. “This is the latest round of funding we were successful in obtaining.”

A $147,000 grant will fund a feasibility study for a centralized fire and EMS call center and dispatch system. Thirteen municipalities adopted resolutions supporting this study after the county executive received initial letters of request from the Atlantic County Fire Chiefs Association, Atlantic County Firefighters Association and the Atlantic County EMS Association.

“Atlantic County remains one of only four counties in the state without some form of a centralized emergency dispatch center,” Levinson stated. “We attempted this before, but this time I am told we have solid support from the fire and EMS communities. This grant will enable us to hire a consultant to study several elements involved in creating a successful multi-use center before proceeding.”

A $45,000 grant will allow Atlantic County to purchase a pair of portable traffic lights that will be available to municipalities as needed at no cost to them. Portable traffic lights may be used in place of flagmen, to help control traffic flow in construction zones, during localized power outages, and as a temporary replacement for a damaged or inoperable traffic pole.

“Making portable traffic lights available to towns saves them the expense of having to individually purchase them for relatively sporadic use,” Levinson said.

Levinson also commended Shared Services Coordinator Tim Kreischer for his efforts in applying for these grants.

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