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South Bergen Plans Joint Fuel Purchasing

Carlstadt, East Rutherford and Rutherford are joining their purchasing power to save the towns money on gasoline.
Carlstadt, East Rutherford and Rutherford are joining their purchasing power to save the towns money on gasoline. Photo Credit: Mike Mozart, flickr

BERGEN COUNTY, N.J. — Three South Bergen towns are pooling their buying power to save 30 to 40 cents a gallon on gasoline, NorthJersey.com reported.

Carlstadt, East Rutherford and Rutherford are developing a cooperative agreement for the joint purchase, and are planning a fueling station at the Rutherford DPW site on Highland Cross, NorthJersey.com said.

The joint purchase agreement will both cut costs and maintain a more efficient fuel supply for the three towns. Operations and maintenance of the 10,000-gallon fuel station for regular grade gas and diesel will be in Rutherford. The agreement is for four years, and will automatically renew for a year unless a new agreement is negotiated, according to NorthJersey.com.

East Rutherford has been buying gas from a service station; the state recommends against buying fuel without competitive bidding, NorthJersey.com said.

Rutherford uses more than 40,000 gallons of gasoline and 52,000 gallons of diesel fuel annually; East Rutherford 36,000 gallons of gasoline and 18,000 diesel; and Carlstadt uses 22,800 gallons gasoline and 19,000 diesel, NorthJersey.com reported.

Fueling will be monitored with an electronic system that tracks usage by each vehicle, NorthJersey.com said.

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