Thursday, January 29th, 2009

The Morris County Freeholders have approved a 2009 capital budget totaling $29.2 million.

Most of the capital budget is earmarked for infrastructure improvements such as road and bridge design and construction; boiler replacements in county facilities; and dam rehabilitation at various locations.

The 2009 capital budget also includes money for the phase-two design work for recreational fields at Central Park of Morris County and the design of a countywide emergency communications center for police, fire and emergency services, which a number of municipalities have requested.

The freeholders noted the county has received a $1.2 million grant toward the communications center design, and more than $4 million in grants for the road and bridge projects.

The freeholders said while the capital budget reflects items deemed to be priorities, it does guarantee funding for every project. They said no money is spent unless a specific project receives their approval.

The 2009 capital budget is part of a six-year, $193 million plan.