UNION COUNTY, NJ - A park in Elizabeth. A sidewalk project in New Providence.  Repairs for municipal buildings in Garwood.  Numerous road repavings. These are some of the projects that this year’s Union County Freeholders Infrastructure Grant program will fund throughout the County.

In all, the Freeholders made awards to 21 municipalities as part of the fifth annual Union County Infrastructure Grant program, funding projects aimed at spurring economic development, growth and providing indirect tax relief.

The program was conceived by Freeholder Christopher Hudak in 2015, developed by the County’s Freeholder Fiscal Committee and administered by the Department of Economic Development.  This year’s Freeholder Fiscal Committee included Freeholder Vice Chairman Alexander Mirabella, and Freeholders Sergio Granados, Angel Estrada, and Kimberly Palmieri-Mouded.

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Road improvements once again topped the list as the most requested program for funding, among the municipalities.

“A recent statewide poll taken by Stockton University noted that 46 percent of New Jersey’s commuters sustained a flat tire or some other damage to their vehicles because of roads in need of repair or resurfacing,” said Freeholder Chair Bette Jane Kowalski. “The Infrastructure grant program is aimed at helping our municipalities make these and other needed improvements---and provide relief for our commuters.”

Freeholder Hudak agreed.

“Our goal is to provide an economic boost to our municipalities and leverage their funds in making essential improvements,” He said. “With more people moving into Union County than ever before, and new development coming on line, it’s important that we continue to make infrastructure our highest priority.”

The matching grant initiative makes available approximately $1.5 million to Union County’s 21 municipalities, assisting them to accomplish tasks undertaken in calendar year 2019.

Funding for the grant is provided through the proceeds from the sale of Runnells Specialized Hospital in 2014.

As part of the project, Springfield will be receiving $57,000 for improvements to Evergreen Avenue