UPDATE: The discussion about a new parking lot in Verona Park has been pulled from the agenda of this meeting.
The Essex County Board of Chosen Freeholders, which holds the bulk of its conference and board meetings in Newark, will be meeting in Maplewood this Wednesday, October 11.
The board meeting is open to the public, and its agenda includes time for public comment on any matter of interest to residents of Essex County.
The Freeholders meeting will be held at Maplewood Town Hall, which is located at 574 Valley Street in Maplewood, which is across Memorial Park from the Maplewood train station. There is parking both on Valley Street and behind the building, which is handicap accessible.
A freeholder is a county-level official in New Jersey, a position that dates back to the state’s first constitution in 1776. The Essex County Board of Chosen Freeholders includes five freeholders who represent specific groups of towns, called districts, and four freeholders-at-large. Freeholders are generally regarded as the point-people for constituent issues and also have oversight over the county budget and infrastructure, including the county parks system.