MONTVILLE, NJ – The Morris County Board of Chosen Freeholders held its Sept. 11 regular meeting at the Montville Township Municipal Building. The change of venue from the usual Morristown location for county governance was part of the body’s ongoing campaign to meet township officials and residents in their own towns and notify the freeholders of issues of local importance, Freeholder Director Doug Cabana said. Seven towns will be the locations for meetings throughout the year, he said. The last time the freeholders met in Montville was in 2013.

The meeting began with a moment of silence for those who perished in the terrorist attacks, along with those who continue to perish due to health problems, as requested by Cabana.

Next, Montville Township Mayor Richard Conklin was presented with a resolution honoring the Montville Township Committee for their “dedicated public service to the residents of Montville Township,” and for hosting the freeholders.

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Conklin thanked the freeholders and welcomed them to Montville Township.

Morris County Planning and Preservation Director Christine Marion presented on the Morris County Preservation Trust. She stated that Montville Township has received $569,000 and was one of the first historic preservation trust grant recipients when the program began in 2003. The Doremus House received a grant of $20,000 for repairs. The Montville School House #10 (the museum site), the Montville Township Morris Canal, the Vreeland Outkitchen and the Doremus House have benefitted from the trust, according to Marion. In addition, 849 acres have been preserved with the open space trust fund. Twenty-one properties have received almost $12 million preservation trust fund dollars, she said.

“The county commends Montville Township on its efforts to protect your rich history, provide recreation facilities, and protect natural resources in your community,” she said. “We will continue to assist you through preservation trust fund programs.”

During public portion, Conklin thanked the county officials for the open space funding.

“It really keeps Montville what Montville should be,” he said.

Also during the public portion, Rockaway resident Stacy Gregg asked for body cams for all police, and funding for videotaping of public meetings in all towns.

During the freeholders’ remarks portion of the meeting, Freeholder Tom Mastrangelo, who lives in Montville Township, expressed his sadness regarding the 64 Morris County residents, and everyone who perished in the 9/11 terrorist attacks, and the first responders at the site who became ill and passed away as a result.

“It’s good to be [meeting] in my home town,” he said. “Hopefully we’re back here a lot sooner. This is a great town, and we have good government here in Montville.”

Freeholder Deb Smith wished a happy new year to the Jewish residents of the county.

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