The Morris County Board of County Commissioners unveiled a comprehensive capital spending plan tonight that includes the design and bidding phase for a new courthouse in Morristown, while continuing to focus on the county’s priorities of improving infrastructure, public safety, boosting education and helping at-risk residents.
The board’s Capital Budget Committee, including Commissioner Director Tayfun Selen and Commissioners Stephen H. Shaw and Thomas Mastrangelo, outlined how federal American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds are being used to reduce future borrowing needs. Overall, the county’s 2023 Capital Spending Plan, without the ARPA funding and the courthouse project, puts $34.7 million toward enhancing human services, public safety, public health and upgrades to roads, intersections and bridges.
“This capital plan makes good on our annual commitment to maintain and improve our transportation infrastructure. It contains $15.5 million to resurface 26 miles of roads in 14 towns, $7.4 million to complete bridge and culvert upgrades and $2.6 million for improvements to major county intersections,” said Commissioner Shaw, chairman of the county budget committee. “At the same time, we are committing $2 million to the county park system and investing $1.7 million in information technology improvements.”
The courthouse project, estimated at $85 million to be financed over 25 years, will be located on the county parking lot and pocket park off Schuyler Place in Morristown. A formal presentation on the project will be made to the Commissioners during their Nov. 21 work session.