Monday, April 11th, 2011

The Morris County Board of Freeholders has launched a series of informational videos called “Morris Minutes.”

The videos run approximately two minutes in length and may be viewed on the Morris County government Web site, MorrisCountyNJ.gov, and on the county’s YouTube channel, YouTube.com/MorrisCountyNJ.

“Morris Minutes” topics have included the 2011 county budget, the new date for this year’s school elections and the county’s upcoming household hazardous waste disposal days.

The freeholders said short video clips are meant to give quick snapshots about county government events and services. Each includes a link to more detailed information on the county’s websites.

“Morris Minutes” is produced by the county’s Department of Information Services and the Public Information Office. Future “Morris Minutes” videos will provide information on such topics as recycling, passports and the county’s solar energy initiative. The public can email ideas for Morris Minutes to [email protected]

The freeholders said they are using YouTube, Facebook, Twitter and other online technologies to help county residents stay connected to their county government.

Morris County’s social networks can be reached by clicking the icons at the top of the homepage at MorrisCountyNJ.gov or directly through a particular social network. All of Morris County’s social networks use the name “MorrisCountyNJ.”

Morris County’s Facebook page can be viewed at Facebook.com/MorrisCountyNJ. To become a Morris County government “fan,” an individual must have a Facebook account, which is free.

Those who chose to receive county government updates via Twitter can get updates, called “tweets,” at Twitter.com/MorrisCountyNJ. No account is necessary to read “tweets.”

Besides the “Morris Minutes” videos, the county’s YouTube channel, YouTube.com/MorrisCountyNJ, features the freeholder TV show “Focus on Morris County,” which airs on Cablevision and Comcast cable systems in the county. It also contains video from the Morris County Park Commission. No account is needed to watch YouTube videos.

Morris County’s Scribd document library, Scribd.com/MorrisCountyNJ, allows visitors to read, download and print a variety of documents including the Directory of County Government Services, minutes from freeholder meetings, the Morris County Park Commission’s “Pathways” newsletter and various publications of the Morris County Department of Human Services. No account is necessary to read publications, but a free account is needed to download or print.