Page 6 THE VILLADOM TIMES I • January 28, 2009 Area Local towns join forces to share services by John Koster Glen Rock, Waldwick, and Ho-Ho-Kus will be sharing services with Ridgewood as the local governments in Northwest Bergen County work to reduce outlay for necessary services and materials through group actions. Glen Rock will authorize Ridgewood to perform signal maintenance on traffic signals and to repair Glen Rock signals that malfunction. Ridgewood will also provide traffic signal maintenance and repair for Midland Park, Waldwick, Ho-Ho-Kus, Fair Lawn, and Washington Township. Glen Rock and Ridgewood will continue to share the costs and the use of a tub grinder, which reduces tree branches and roots to chips for gardening or recycling, and is swapped between Glen Rock and Ridgewood recycling areas. Ridgewood also agreed by resolution to enter into a shared services agreement with the Waldwick Fire Department for the maintenance and repair of fire vehicles, and with the Borough of Midland Park to provide vehicle refueling, maintenance, and repair services for designated vehicles. The Ridgewood Village Council voted by resolution to approve a similar agreement with the Ridgewood Board of Education. Wyckoff is now exploring the possibility of joint services with Franklin Lakes and Oakland, the other two towns in the Ramapo Indian Hills Regional High School consortium. Management professionals all over Northwest Bergen have advocated shared services as one way of reducing expenses.