Thursday, May 26th, 2016

FREEHOLDERS IN PEQUANNOCK FOR COUNTY GOVERNMENT “ROAD MEETING’’

The Morris County Freeholders held their bi-monthly meeting in Pequannock last night, Wednesday, May 25, as part of a series of “road meetings’’ held by the county governing board on a continuing basis in all 39 Morris County towns and this year at county park system venues.

Pequannock Council

(l/r) Freeholder Hank Lyon, Councilwomen Melissa Florance-Lynch and Catherine Winterfield, Mayor David Kohle, and Freeholders Tom Mastrangelo, Christine Myers, John Cesaro and Doug Cabana

At the meeting, held at the township’s municipal building, Morris County Freeholder Director Kathy DeFillippo presented a resolution of thanks to Pequannock Mayor David Kohle, Councilwoman Melissa Florance-Lynch, and Councilwoman Catherine Winterfield.

“Direct communication among county and municipal officials that allows for the exchange of ideas and the sharing of information is important to the effectiveness and efficiency of government,’’ said DeFillippo. “We thank you for allowing us to take over your town hall for an afternoon and an evening to help bring county government closer to the people of your community.’’

The county also issued special plaques to the leaders of two local historic preservation efforts: The First Reformed Church in Pompton Plains and L’Ecole Kinnelon Museum in nearby Kinnelon.

First Reformed Church

(l/r) Bryan Pennington and Eugene McKeown of First Reformed Church accept plaque from freeholders

First Reformed Church of Pompton Plains: The Church is associated with the early settlement of Pequannock Township reflecting the early prominence of the Dutch Reformed Church in this area and its continued importance to the community into the present. With assistance of more than $500,000 in County Historic Preservation Grants, the church has completed exterior restorations.

L’Ecole Kinnelon Museum: The building was constructed in 1873 to serve as a one-room schoolhouse.  It was used as the Town Hall till the 1930s, when it became the home and office of Dr. Helen Miller, an early pioneer in female cancer detection and screening. With assistance of more than $400,000 in County Historic Preservation grant, the borough has successfully completed exterior restoration of the building.

In both cases, the plaques awarded by the county last night will be permanently installed in the restored buildings.

L'Ecole Kinnelon Museum

(l/r) Thomas Kline and Kinnelon Mayor Robert Collins accept plaque from freeholders for L’Ecole project

Accepting for the First Reformed Church were Eugene McKeown, chairman of property, and Bryan Pennington, church elder. Thomas Kline, chairman of the Kinnelon Borough Historical Commission, accepted on behalf of Kinnelon.

The freeholders last night also approved a $1.1 million ordinance for the county Municipal Utilities Authority to rehabilitate a major water pumping station, and $600,000 to finance major HVAC upgrades to the Morris County School of technology. They also approved a transfer of the undeveloped “Speciale tract’’ in Pequannock from the Passaic River Coalition to the township.

Pequannock is one of six scheduled 2016 road stops for the freeholders. In addition to Pequannock, they met at

Silas Condict County Park in Kinnelon on April 27, and have scheduled the following, all starting at 7 p.m:

  • June 8, Mennen Sports Arena, 161 Hanover Avenue, Morris Township
  • July 27, Boonton Town Hall, 100 Washington St., Boonton
  • 14, Willowwood Arboretum, 300 Longview Road, Chester Township
  • 26, Great Swamp Outdoor Education Center, 247 Southern Blvd., Chatham Township

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

The board of freeholders meet twice monthly, with meetings normally held at the County Administration and Records Building in Morristown. For information on county government, visit: www.morriscountynj.gov

For information on Pequannock, visit: http://www.peqtwp.org/