Posted Thursday, July 29th, 2010

The Morris County Freeholders took their July 28 public meeting to Rockaway Borough, where they presented a symbolic $1 million check to the mayor and council.

Freeholder Director Gene Feyl of Denville said the check represented county grant dollars used by the borough to help acquire and preserve 10 acres of land along the Rockaway River.

“This land will provide great public access to the river for walking and fishing, and it will also provide flood storage protection for towns downstream,” Feyl said.

The land purchase was made possible because of a Morris County Open Space Trust Fund grant of $850,000 and $150,000 from the county’s Municipal Utilities Authority.

The freeholders also thanked Mayor Russell Greuter and the borough council for hosting the freeholder meeting, and presented the mayor and council with a framed Resolution of Appreciation expressing their gratitude.

“For the last three years, we’ve been taking some of our meetings to various towns across the county,” Feyl said. “Going from town to town has enabled us to meet and exchange ideas with local officials. It’s also made it easier for residents of those communities and nearby towns to attend one of our meetings and let us know what’s on their minds.”

The freeholder board’s next “road” meeting will be Aug. 25 at 7:30 p.m. in Netcong.