Tuesday, November 17th, 2015

 

As part of their continuing effort to make it easier for the public to participate in county government, the Morris County Freeholders will hold their last 2015 “road meeting’’ in Florham Park on Monday, Nov. 23.

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This is a change from the county governing board’s usual Monday meetings, and has been changed to Monday this week so as not to interfere with the Thanksgiving holiday.

The county governing board will conduct its work session at 5:30 p.m., followed by a 7:30 p.m. regular meeting. Both will be conducted at the Florham Park municipal building, 111 Ridgedale Ave, Florham Park.

The public is invited to attend the 5:30 p.m. session and can speak at the 7:30 p.m. session.

Besides Lincoln Park, the freeholders have held meetings previously this year in Boonton Township, Chatham Township, Harding, Lincoln Park, Morristown, Netcong and Rockaway Borough.

Travelling meetings have been held in all 39 towns in Morris County since the practice began in 2007.

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“It has been a great pleasure for the freeholders to visit these towns, to give us a chance to meet residents and officials from across the county on their own home turf, to hear their concerns about county issues, and to give the freeholders a good understanding of what is important to these communities,’’ said Freeholder Director Kathy DeFillippo.

The “road meetings’’ are convenient for local residents and those from neighboring communities, in this case Lincoln Park and nearby Chatham, Hanover, East Hanover and Madison, to attend a freeholder meeting, meet the freeholders and learn more about Morris County government and the services it offers, said DeFillippo.

Residents of all Morris County towns are invited to attend.

The area that now comprises Florham Park was settled by the English between 1680 and 1700. The community’s official history dates to 1708, when John Campfield of Newark settled on what is now Hanover Road, with the Lenni Lenapes as his neighbors.

The settlement was known by many names in the 1700s and 1800s, including Hoppingtown, Columbia, Afton and Broomtown — known for the manufacture of quality brooms.

It was legally part of several larger townships: First Whippany and then Hanover Township (1718), which ran from the Passaic to the Delaware River; then Chatham Township (1806) until Florham Park was founded on March 20, 1899.

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Florham Farm

The town was named after two grand estates: Florence and Hamilton Twombly’s 840-acre “Florham’’ and Dr. Leslie Ward’s 1,000-acre “Brooklake Park.’’

For more information on Florham Park, its history and current government, visit: http://www.florhamparkboro.net/ and http://njmorriscountyonline.com/html/florham_park_boro.html

The board of freeholders meet twice monthly, with meetings normally held at the County Administration and Records Building in Morristown. For more information on Morris County government, please visit: http://www.co.morris.nj.us/