Wednesday, December 14th, 2016

BOARD CONTINUES AGGRESSIVE EFFORTS TO MAINTAIN ROAD AND BRIDGE NETWORK  

Morris County Freeholders Introduce $27.2 Million 2017 Capital BudgetThe Morris County Freeholders have introduced a $27.2 million 2017 capital budget that continues to aggressively target county road and bridge infrastructure, while providing funds to key infrastructure needs in areas of public safety, education, law enforcement, technology, county facilities, recreation and culture.

The chairman of the county governing board’s Capital Budget Committee, Freeholders John Cesaro – other members are Freeholders Tom Mastrangelo and Deborah Smith — outlined the capital budget at this morning’s freeholders’ work session in Morristown.

Morris County Freeholders Introduce $27.2 Million 2017 Capital Budget

Freeholder John Cesaro

“This budget was developed through a strategic process that addressed the county’s current and future needs,’’ said Freeholder John Cesaro, chairman of the county’s governing board’s Capital Budget Committee. “Our goals are to ensure that we maintain Morris County’s high quality of life while spending tax dollars responsibly.’’

Morris County Freeholders Introduce $27.2 Million 2017 Capital BudgetThe capital budget includes funding for road paving projects in 13 towns, including Boonton, Boonton Township, Chatham Township, Dover, Hanover, Jefferson, Lincoln Park, Long Hill, Mine Hill, Montville, Parsippany, Roxbury and Washington Township.

Intersection upgrades designs and/or construction are planned in Chatham Township, East Hanover, Florham Park, Lincoln Park, Madison, Montville, Parsippany, Randolph, Victory Gardens, and Wharton.

Bridge construction is slated for East Blackwell Street in Dover, Mountainside Road in Mendham Township, and Mill and Whitehead roads in Morris Township.

Morris County Freeholders Introduce $27.2 Million 2017 Capital Budget

Freeholder Deborah Smith

“We are continuing our long-term effort to pave as many as 30 miles of county roads each year, to make sure that our motoring infrastructure – from Riverdale to Denville to Long Valley– best serves our residents, businesses and visitors to our county,’’ said Freeholder Deborah Smith.  “It’s part of a multi-year planning effort to maintain the safety and high quality of our county road and bridge network.

The capital budget also includes funding for some new law and public safety initiatives, including a soon-to-be required screening process for jail inmates, an emergency services pilot program to help towns with ambulance service, and an emergency response trailer to aid emergency/crime responses in the field.

Morris County Freeholders Introduce $27.2 Million 2017 Capital Budget

Freeholder Tom Mastrangelo

In addition, funding is being provided to the County College of Morris and School of Technology to maintain and upgrade their facilities.

“The dollars we’re allocating for improvements at CCM and the School of Technology are vital to ensure that our students continue to have a high quality learning environment to support the high quality of education that is offered by these top county institutions,” said Freeholder Tom Mastrangelo.

HERE ARE SOME 2017 CAPITAL BUDGET HIGHLIGHTS:

Infrastructure: $19.2 million

  • 30 miles of road resurfacing
  • 4 road reconstruction projects
  • 9 bridge design and construction projects

Facilities and Technology: $4.9 million

  • Construction of a new courtroom at the county courthouse
  • Upgrades to the county information and technology systems
  • HVAC, fire protection and asbestos abatement programs

Public Safety $2.3 million

  • Full body security screening system at the county jail
  • Response vehicle for the Emergency Services Program
  • Field equipment and staging trailer for Sheriff’s
  • Emergency Response Team, K9 Team, and crime scene investigations

Recreational/Cultural $1.6 million

  • Morris County Park Commission park improvements, including 2nd phase of work at Lee’s Park Marina pavilion in Mount Arlington

Educational $2.2 million

  • HVAC, parking lots, campus road upgrades and exterior building modifications at County College of Morris and Morris County School of Technology

Click here to view the 2015 and 2016 capital budget.

Click here to view highlights of the 2017 capital budget.