"The Freeholder Board adopted the county’s 2020 Budget, freezing the county tax rate for the 2nd year in a row, at the May 19th Freeholder meeting. Holding the county tax rate frozen at the 2018 level again this year is a key part of the County’s plan for economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic." Freeholder Director Shaun Van Doren"
A big thank you to our amazing Board of Chosen Freeholders for continuing to keep the best interest of Hunterdon County residents at the heart of what it means to be a Hunterdon County Freeholder!
Hunterdon County Board of Chosen Freeholders, will be joining Warren and Sussex Counties' Freeholders in developing a regional reopening plan. The three Counties will develop an economic and public health plan on reopening businesses and submit the plan to Governor Murphy.
Freeholder Director Shaun C. Van Doren stated, “The public is aware that COVID-19 is contagious and can be dangerous. And they understand that precautions must be taken when visiting a business. Let's empower our businesses to develop the tools that both protect their customers’ health and give their customers the confidence that local businesses are safe to visit.”
Freeholder Van Doren has been leading ongoing meetings with Mayors in Hunterdon’s 26 municipalities on how municipal governments are handling COVID-19
"The psychological and economic consequence of the COVID-19 pandemic are expected to be devastating for many, further exacerbating risk factors for mental health related morbidity and mortality for our veteran community,” said Doherty (R-23). “This unprecedented crisis is a stressor for vulnerable veterans with mental health issues. COVID has the potential to worsen their overall health and put them at higher risk for suicide and other adverse outcomes, as well as for veterans who have no previous history of mental illness", Senator Mike Doherty says.
Tragically, women veterans are 250% more likely to commit suicide than civilian women.
“If you are a veteran experiencing emotional distress, please call the Veterans Crisis Line 1-800-273-8255 and press 1,” added Doherty. “If you are the family member or friend of a veteran, reach out to them during this time of social distancing. We can help heighten awareness and prevent the unthinkable for our veterans and their families".
THE FIRST WEEKEND OF HUNTERDON COUNTY PARKS BEING OPENED, WAS A SUCCESS. THERE WERE NO REPORTABLE INCIDENTS OVER THE WEEKEND, AFTER COUNTY PARKS AND TRAILS RE-OPENED, SHERIFF FRED W. BROWN HAS REPORTED.
FREEHOLDER JOHN E. LANZA, THE BOARD’S LIAISON FOR PARKS, STATED, “THE PUBLIC MORE THAN EVER NEEDS THE FRESH AIR, EXERCISE OPPORTUNITIES AND PHYSICAL ACTIVITY THAT ALSO HELPS TO IMPROVE MENTAL HEALTH, MADE AVAILABLE BY VISITING OUR PARKS AND TRAILS.”
“MANY PEOPLE FLOCKED TO THE COUNTY’S PARKS AND TRAILS OVER THE WEEKEND AND IT COULD NOT HAVE GONE BETTER. WHETHER THOSE IN THE PARKS WERE HUNTERDON COUNTY RESIDENTS OR VISITORS ENJOYING OUR OPEN SPACES, EVERYONE GOT THE MESSAGE,” SHERIFF BROWN SAID.
WE'D ALSO LIKE TO THANK OUR LEGISLATIVE DELEGATION, SENATOR KIP BATEMAN (LD-16), SENATOR MIKE DOHERTY (LD-23), ASSEMBLYMAN ERIK PETERSON (LD-23) AND ASSEMBLYMAN JOHN DIMAIO (LD-23), FOR THEIR EFFORTS IN ADVOCATING TO THE GOVERNOR FOR THE PARKS TO RE-OPEN
As New Jersey hits 1 million residents who are now unemployed, Freeholder Matt Holt has called to set reasonable goals and requirements for the opening of the State.
Opposition To Governor's Decision To Close County Parks Grows"This Should Not Be a Partisan Issue", Freeholder Lanza
Freeholder John E. Lanza, the Board’s liaison for Parks, reported at the April 21 Hunterdon County Freeholder meeting, that opposition to Governor Phil Murphy’s directive to close county parks continues to grow, as this week a Passaic County Freeholder has called for the Governor to reconsider his decision.
Lanza stated, “This should not be considered a partisan issue. I was encouraged to learn that Democratic Freeholder T.J. Best of Passaic County has also called for the park closing policy to change. The Freeholder said, and I agree, ‘we need parks open as opposed to forcing people to stand on tight corners.’ I can appreciate the concern of the officials in the state’s heavily populated urban areas.”
Assemblyman Erik Peterson urged for Counties to monitor their own parks. "If there is problem at a certain County park, and that County wants to close that park, they can", Assemblyman Peterson said.