Posted Thursday, July 10th, 2014

The Morris County Freeholders have changed the start time of their public meetings from 7 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in an effort to make it easier for county residents to attend evening meetings.

Freeholder Director Tom Mastrangelo said the freeholders heard from a number of citizens who thought starting the public meetings at 7 p.m. was too early.

“They told us the 7 o’clock start time made attending our meetings too difficult for someone who is just getting home from work at 6 or 6:30 or who may be enjoying dinner with his or her family at that time,” Mastrangelo said.   “The freeholders want county residents to participate in county government, come to our meetings and share their ideas with us. That’s what transparency in government is all about.”

He said the 7:30 p.m. public meetings will still be conducted on most second and fourth Wednesdays of the month, with the exception of holidays.

Most of the public meetings will be in the Public Meeting Room on the 5th floor of the Administration and Records Building, 10 Court Street in Morristown. The freeholders are also continuing their practice of taking some of the evening public meeting “on the road” in various towns across the county.

The complete meeting schedule with locations can be found online on the Freeholder page of the county government website,

The freeholders have also changed the start time of their work sessions, held on the same day as the public meetings, from 4:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. Each work session will begin at 4 p.m. with an executive session at 4:10 p.m.

The work session will reopen to the public at 5:30 p.m. The public is invited to attend the 5:30 p.m. open portion of the work session, but there is no public comment.