The Department of Infrastructure Management is responsible for functions, programs and services that are vital to the health, safety and well-being of County residents. This Department consists of the Office of the County Engineer, the Office of Facilities Management, the Office of Parks and Recreation, the Office of Planning, and the Office of Public Works.
These offices work together to manage all County-run buildings, roads and
properties, including the design, maintenance, and construction. This includes 18 active park and recreation facilities (over 3,000 acres), conservation areas and preserves (over 8,000 acres), 87 roads
(310 miles of roadway), 168 bridges, and 165 intersections with traffic lights.
Infrastructure Management seeks to reduce the duplication of effort and work to maintain a streamlined process for the effective maintenance of all County-owned properties.
The duties of the County Engineer and his office include the provision of engineering advice and assistance to all County departments, agencies, and the Board of Chosen Freeholders. The Office is also responsible for the engineering work and decisions involved with the design, maintenance, and construction of roads, bridges, sewers, buildings, and other projects, as well as the review and approval of plans and specifications, tabulation of bids, recommendation for award of contracts, supervising and inspecting projects to guarantee contract performance, certifying satisfactory contract performance for final payment, and the acceptance of work for all County public works projects.
The Office of Facilities Management reports directly into the Department of Infrastructure Management. The Office is responsible for maintaining 16 County-owned buildings. The Office also is responsible for the professional management, direction, maintenance and control of all County-owned facilities.
Parks & Recreation
The Office of Parks and Recreation is charged with offering a variety of programs and facilities to meet the recreational needs and educational interests of the people of Middlesex County through the County Park System. Parks and Recreation is also, among other duties, responsible for: preserving locations for public enjoyment that have County-wide significance for providing active recreation; Promoting environmental, agricultural, scenic, historic, cultural and social opportunities; Conserving natural resources including plant and animal life, farmland, woodland, streams, and watersheds.
The Office of Planning's primary responsibility is to prepare a comprehensive development plan for the County and to monitor its implementation. This includes preparing reports of findings and fact for presentation and action by the Planning Board and the Board of Chosen Freeholders. The Planning Board supports advisory committees to assist in the decision making process. These committees relate to a specific function of the Board.
The Office of Public Works is responsible for the inspection and maintenance of all County roads within the jurisdiction of Middlesex County. This Office consists of five maintenance areas geographically located throughout Middlesex County and six specialty areas.