At the Morris County government’s 2019 annual meeting, Doug Cabana was selected as director of the Board of Chosen Freeholders. He told an overflow audience in the County Administration and Records Building that critical issues for 2019 include the following:

  • Continuing to preserve the county’s top-ranked AAA bond rating and maintaining its prudent and responsible financing and budgeting.
  • Continuing to make the safety of residents a priority by providing well educated, trained, and equipped police, fire, first response, and emergency medical services across the county.
  • Ensuring a positive environment for the business community by helping to provide a well trained workforce that will keep companies and jobs in the county.
  • Working closely with the county’s 39 municipalities on shared services and incorporating the goals developed in the county’s new strategic plan into county-municipality relationships.

Some of the specific projects to be addressed by the county in 2019 include starting up the Navigating Hope mobile social services operation, building a $10 million engineering and manufacturing facility at County College of Morris, starting work on the 4.4-mile Pequannock-to-Wayne Recreational Trail, and continuing and expanding a special training program on school violence for law enforcement and educators.

Cabana noted additional needs such as dealing with an infestation of the county’s ash trees by the tree-killing emerald ash borer and pursuing the county’s petition to the U.S. Supreme Court to allow historic houses of worship to participate in the county’s historic preservation program.

The freeholders will also take key steps to consider long-term judicial space needs at the county court and government complex in Morristown, said Cabana. The board’s first regular public meeting will take place on Wednesday, January 9, at 7 p.m. in the Administration and Records Building (10 Court Street, Morristown).

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