The 2019 capital budget received unanimous, bipartisan approval by the Monroe County Legislature.
The $54.2 million plan funds investments in transportation infrastructure projects, public safety and quality of life assets, like Frontier Field and the county parks system.
“The 2019 capital budget will fund vital investments throughout our community,” said Cheryl Dinolfo, county executive. “When it comes to maintaining our network of transportation infrastructure, providing our first responders with the tools they need to keep us safe or investing in quality of life assets, our $54.2 million program builds on our past successes and continues to move our community forward.”
The budget includes $27.4 million in funding for road, highway and bridge projects across Monroe County, including preventative maintenance like the milling and paving of multiple roads in Greece and Gates, and the rehabilitation of county roads like the Salt Road and Lake Road projects in Webster and Penfield.
The budget allocates $5.75 million in 2019 for the Highway Lighting Rehabilitation Project, which started in 2018. Altogether, Dinolfo committed $22 million over six years to overhaul lighting on Interstate 390, I-490 and I-590, including new LED lighting and new conduit.
In 2019, Monroe County will invest $750,000 in public safety communications infrastructure and equipment. The budget has $500,000 to fund the maintenance of radio communications infrastructure, including the repair or replacement of towers, generators, antennas, base stations and cables. The remaining $250,000 will be invested in mobile radios, laptops and ancillary equipment provided to the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office, Rochester Police Department, and all town and village police agencies. As a service to the first responder community, Monroe County maintains a mobile data system that is available to all police, firefighting and emergency medical services agencies.
The budget includes $400,000 in upgrades for the forensic instrumentation equipment at the Monroe County Crime Lab, as well as $134,000 in instrumentation upgrades for the Medical Examiner’s Office. This new equipment will provide their respective offices with greater capacity to detect and analyze evidence, such as ballistics from a crime scene or the presence of synthetic drugs in a postmortem review.
Frontier Field will receive $450,000 for improvements that will ensure the mechanical and building systems at the stadium continue to provide an outstanding and safe experience for fans, players, vendors and staff. In 2019, the county will start handrail replacements, concrete floor rehabilitation, plumbing improvements, door replacements and painting throughout the stadium to maintain the longevity of structural components.
Monroe County is investing $1.4 million in upgrades to the county parks system. This includes $700,000 to implement improvements developed through the Seneca Park master plan, and another $700,000 to upgrade existing facilities and structures throughout the other 20 county parks.
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