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Posted on: September 25, 2014

Passaic County Board of Chosen Freeholders Holds Public Meetings in West Milford


West Milford, NJ – September 25, 2014 – The Passaic County Board of Chosen Freeholders held the September 23, 2014 public meeting at West Milford Town Hall. The county freeholders have scheduled public meetings throughout the County in an effort to promote communication with more residents.

According to Freeholder Bruce James, this is an effort to bring county government closer to residents throughout Passaic County. The change in venue is part of a Freeholder initiative to directly touch more constituents and make county government more open and available.

“This is about making it more convenient for residents to participate in our county government. My colleagues and I want to make it easier for local residents to join us,” added Freeholder Director Pat Lepore.

Members of the Freeholder Board as well as county department heads and staff were available to interact with residents before, during and after the Freeholder Board meeting. Over the past few years, the Board of Chosen Freeholders has met in every one of the sixteen municipalities throughout the County.

During the public meeting, Freeholders Bruce James and Ronda Cotroneo presented Open Space checks for four projects based in West Milford totaling $234,277, which included the following investments in parks and open space:

1) Farrel Field Soccer Rehabilitation; Award for $54,621. The Project calls for upgrade and resurfacing of one soccer field to improve safety, increase usage and enhance the quality of sport activities at this multi-use municipal park
2) Nosenzo Pond Park Playground Development; Award for $31,136. The Project entails design, construction and installation of children’s playground at this previously funded municipal park, with intent to have ready for Summer 2015 season (municipal funds of $32,947.50 which is 50% of total project)
3) Highlands Trail Connector Acquisition Project; Award for $128,520. Acquisition of nearly 100 acres would augment existing state park (Norvin Green Forest) and would be used as resource-based passive recreation and create a spur trail to the Federally – designated national Millennium Trail, 2000 ft. north including trail head. (Green Acres funds approved in amount of $215,000 municipal funds of $15,000 and $64,000 in other funds towards purchase price of $430,000 identified)
4) Barn Roof Repair for Wallisch Estate; Award $20,000

This year the Board held roaming freeholder meetings in Prospect Park, Wayne and West Milford. The roaming meetings provide an opportunity for Freeholders to share their vision for Passaic County.

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