MORRIS COUNTY, NJ - At their meeting on June 17, the Morris County Freeholders approved holding five more of their county government meetings this year in towns across the county, continuing a tradition started in 2007 when the board first moved some of their public meetings out of the county seat in Morristown to some of the county’s 39 municipalities.

The next so-called road meeting will be held on Wednesday, July 22 in Netcong, with the board’s 5:30 p.m. work session and 7:30 p.m. regular meeting to be conducted in the Netcong Borough Hall, 23 Maple Avenue. The public is invited to speak at the 7:30 p.m. session.

Besides Netcong, the freeholders committed to conduct road meetings later this year in Boonton Township, Aug. 26; Rockaway Borough, Sept. 21; Lincoln Park, Oct. 28; and Florham Park, Nov. 23.  They have held meetings previously this year in Chatham Township, Harding, and Morristown.

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Travelling meetings have been held in all 39 towns in Morris County since the practice began, and this year, the freeholders are in the second round of visiting each municipality again. 

“These meetings give us an opportunity to meet people and officials from throughout the county on their own turf, to hear their local and regional concerns, and get a better understanding of what is important to their towns and communities,’’ said Freeholder Director Kathy DeFillippo.

Going into a town also makes it more convenient for those residents as well as for residents of nearby communities to attend a freeholder meeting, meet the freeholders and learn more about Morris County government and the services it offers, said DeFillippo.

The freeholder work sessions, which begin at 5:30 p.m., also will be conducted in those communities on the same day as the public meetings.  While the public is invited to attend the work sessions, there is no public comment allowed.

The board of freeholders meet twice monthly, with meetings normally held at the County Administration and Records Building in Morristown. For more information on Morris County government, visit: http://www.co.morris.nj.us/