Wednesday, May 18th, 2016

PART OF 2016 FREEHOLDER’S “ROAD MEETING’’ SCHEDULE

The Morris County Board of Freeholders will hold the second of six 2016 county government ”road meetings’’ in Pequannock next Wednesday evening, May 25, as part of a continuing effort to bring county government closer to their constituents.

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In a change from previous years, the board is hosting four regional meetings in 2016 at county park commission facilities in various sections of the county.

The first “road meeting’’ was held on April 27, at Silas Condict County Park in Kinnelon. The rest of the road meetings in 2016, all starting at 7 p.m., include:

  • May 25, Pequannock Municipal Building, 530 Newark-Pompton Turnpike, Pequannock
  • 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
Hank Lyon

Hank Lyon

“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 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, visit: www.morriscountynj.gov

Pequannock The Township of Pequannock with its northern portion, Pompton Plains, is one of the oldest European settlements in northwestern New Jersey. It was incorporated in 1740, making it at the time the largest township in Morris County. Once encompassing 176 square miles, it is now a compact 6.8 square mile suburban community 35 miles west of New York City.

According to a history of the township written by Ed Engelbart, Pequannock was once occupied by Lenni Lenape Indians who camped, hunted, fished, settled and tilled the fertile lands along the river plains formed by the confluence of the Ramapo, Pompton and Pequannock Rivers.

The name Pequannock is derived from the Lenape name, “Paquettahhnuake,” meaning, “cleared land ready or being readied for cultivation.”

For more information on Pequannock and directions to the municipal building, please visit: http://www.peqtwp.org/index.cfm