The Purchasing Agent is directly responsible for the procurement of goods and services rendered the Township. The Purchasine Agent also maintains a centralized purchasing system for all offices and departments, and oversees the solicitation of competitive bids required by Local Public Contracts Law. In 1996 the Purchasing Department processed 1500 requisitions and issued 1,200 Purchase Orders.
Some of the major equipment and supplies purchased in 1996 by the Township Purchasing Agent were: ten new Police vehicles for our Police Department, two Elgin Pelican Street Sweepers, an Autocar Roll-Off vehicle with Salt Spreader and Calcium Spray System, three Rotary Mower Decks and a Tailgate Wacker for our Department of Public Works, a large Commercial Washing Machine for our Fire Department, a Computer Workstation for our Health Department, almost 3,000 shirts and clothing accessories for Recreation, and a Computer Networking & E-Mail system for the Finance Department.
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.
The Township Purchasing Agent during 1996 also served as the Township's Representative on the Shared Services Committee of State District 37, which is an organization of neighboring Bergen towns who met to discuss possible joint purchases or ventures between communities.
In September, 1996 the Township Purchasing Agent and the Mayor of the Borough of Bogota worked together on a joint auction of surplus vehicles. This joint auction was the first collective effort of its type between our communities and helped raise close to $33,000-00 for our two municipalities.
The Township Purchasing Agent also conducted a half day seminar in 1996 for Minority and Woman Owned Businesses to help explain the Teaneck Municipal procurement process and how Minority Businesses could become a part of that process. Many positive comments were received concerning this function. Information about the Purchasing Department