FLEMINGTON, NJ – Hunterdon Freeholders approved a revised $1.592 million capital spending plan at their regular meeting Tuesday.
Most of the money – about $1.009 million – is for trucks and heavy equipment. In addition to $49,200 for a Ford F-250 Supercab 4x4, it includes $185,000 for a hook lift tandem axle truck with plows; $165,000 for a wheel loader with attachments; $150,000 for an excavator with attachments; $104,000 for two utility bodies and chassis; and $150,000 for “various trucks and heavy equipment.”
The plan also includes $245,000 for furniture, fixtures and miscellaneous business equipment. Among the items are an upgrade to the access control system expected to cost $55,000; $40,000 for an x-ray machine; and $40,000 for a self-contained breathing apparatus fill station.
The Prosecutor’s Office will get two undercover narcotics vehicles for $52,000; the Sheriff’s Office will get a 2018 Ford Utility Police Interceptor SUV for $32,000; and $100,000 is targeted for “general pool vehicles.”
The Prosecutor’s Office was also approved for $100,000 of equipment including a drone, camera, mapping software, mobile smartboard, body armor, surveillance equipment and UHF radios and batteries.
The county has used a “pay-as-you-go” plan for years, so it doesn’t borrow to make capital purchases. Freeholders do approve a bonding ordinance to cover most of the cost of each capital plan, but only as part of what Freeholder Director Matt Holt calls “a best practice.” The county doesn’t actually borrow the money.