Posted Thursday, July 21st, 2016


The Morris County Board of Freeholders will hold the fourth of six 2016 planned county government ”road meetings’’at the Boonton municipal building on Wednesday evening, July 27, as part of a continuing effort to bring county government closer to their constituents.


Residents from all towns in Morris County are invited to next Wednesday’s night’s freeholder meeting and to raise issues and ask questions about county and regional issues.

The board is expected to discuss and possibly take action on the county’s Morris View Healthcare Center that evening.

In a change from previous years, in addition to meeting in municipalities, the freeholder 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 second on May 25 in Pequannock, and the third road meeting was held at the Mennen Sports Arena in Morris Towship on June 8. The rest of the road meetings in 2016, all starting at 7 p.m., include:


  • 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

“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 Freeholder Director Kathy DeFillippo.

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

At the Wednesday night freeholder meeting, the freeholders are expected to further discuss reports provided to the board on the future of Morris View, and may take action on a future direction.

Also, the freeholders are expected to present historic plaques to officials of the First Presbyterian Church of Boonton and to Mountain Lakes’ officials for historic preservation projects. Both projects received county historic preservation grants. Also, the Boonton Fire Department will be honored on their 125th anniversary.

Downtown Boonton

Downtown Boonton

Boonton became municipality and was incorporated as a Town under a charter granted by the State Legislature in March, 1867. The area within the limits of the new Town was formerly part of the old Townships of Pequannock and Hanover.

Under the charter, the new Town was governed by a seven-man Board of Trustees, but, by an amendment to the charter in 1872, authority was vested in the Mayor and Common Council, now known as the Mayor and Board of Aldermen.

More than a century earlier the village of Boonetown (Booneton or Boonton) was established on the Rockaway River, about a mile and a half downstream from the center of the present Town. For more on Boonton’s history visit:

The board of freeholders meet twice monthly, with meetings normally held at the County Administration and Records Building in Morristown. The board will hold its regular work session on Wednesday, June 27, in Morristown at 9:30 a.m. For more information on county government, visit: