Thursday, April 21st, 2016

2016 COUNTY BUDGET ADOPTION, TRAILS CONSTRUCTION GRANT PROGRAM AND MAJOR ORDINANCES SET FOR FIRST ROAD MEETING WEDNESDAY AT SILAS CONDICT COUNTY PARK

The Morris County Board of Freeholders will hold at least five of their county government meetings on the road this year – away from the county government building in Morristown – as part of a continuing effort to bring county government closer to their constituents.

Silas Condict County Park in Kinnelon

Silas Condict County Park in Kinnelon

In a change from previous years, the board will host four regional meetings at county park commission facilities in various sections of the county.

The first “road meeting’’ will be held next Wednesday, April 27, at Silas Condict County Park in Kinnelon, where the board will hold an important session to adopt the county’s 2016 budget, vote on approval of a series of ordinances to allocate major funding in 2016 for road, bridge and infrastructure projects across the county, including at the County College of Morris.

In addition, the board is expected to pass a resolution to formally institute a new county trails construction grant program as part of the county’s open space preservation trust fund.

Kathy DeFillippo

Kathy DeFillippo

“We think it is important to meet county residents where they live and work, to make it easier for residents to have a chance to see county government in action without having to drive at night to Morristown,’’ said Freeholder Director Kathy DeFillippo. “Meeting at park facilities also will call attention to some of the great recreational venues we have in the county, as part of the top county park system in New Jersey, and give residents and county officials a chance to explore them a bit.’’

“These road meetings also gives local residents and officials a chance to bring regional issues of concern about their section of the county to the freeholders, so we can understand and have a better opportunity to focus on these issues,’’ said Deputy Freeholder Director Hank Lyon.

The freeholders last year held road meetings in Boonton Township, Chatham Township, Harding, Lincoln Park, Morristown, Netcong and Rockaway Borough.

The road meetings in 2016 scheduled so far, all starting at 7 p.m., include:

  • April 27, Silas Condict County Park, 100 Kinnelon Road, Kinnelon
  • May 25, Pequannock Municipal Building, 530 Newark-Pompton Turnpike, Pequannock
  • June 8, Mennen Sports Arena, 161 Hanover Avenue, Morris Township
  • 14, Willowwood Arboretum, 300 Longview Road, Chester Township
  • 26, Great Swamp Outdoor Education Center, 247 Southern Blvd., Chatham Township

The board of freeholders meet twice monthly, with meetings normally held at the County Administration and Records Building in Morristown. For more information on county government and the 2016 proposed county budget (look for budget tab on top of main page), visit: www.morriscountynj.gov

Park Comm logo Silas Condict County Park is a 1,509-acre site and includes 12 miles of trails and several scenic overlooks. The park offers hiking, fishing, horseback riding, paddle boating, cross-country skiing, and sledding. It has picnic sites, tents, and a shelter, and a ball field.

The park was named after Silas Condict, an 18th Century landholder in Morristown who served as a member of the Continental Congress from 1781-1783.

For more information on Silas Condict County Park and other park venues and for directions, please visit the Morris County Park Commission’s recently enhanced website at http://morrisparks.net/index.php/parks/

For more information on Pequannock and directions to town hall, visit: http://www.peqtwp.org/