April 1, 2020
Volume 15
The Morning Report

The Hunterdon County Morning Report provides up to date information on the actions of the Hunterdon County Board of Chosen Freeholders and Constitutional Officers and the activities of County government, as part of Freeholder Board Director Shaun C. Van Doren’s commitment to greater public communication.
Hunterdon and Warren Freeholders Seek Western NJ COVID-19 Federal Test Site
The Freeholder Boards in Hunterdon and Warren County have petitioned Governor Phil Murphy to request a federally supported COVID-19 test site for the western New Jersey area, similar to the request the Governor made for South Jersey last week.

Freeholder Board Directors Shaun C. Van Doren of Hunterdon and Richard D. Gardner of Warren, in a letter to Governor Murphy, wrote, “We are encouraged to learn of your request to the federal government for a COVID-19 test site for the southern New Jersey area and respectfully request that you also seek a federal test site for the western New Jersey area.

Presently the test sites in Bergen and Monmouth County are too far for residents of Hunterdon and Warren Counties to access, particularly with the ‘stay home’ order in effect. Having a test site located in our region would be immensely valuable to the health of our residents.”

Hunterdon Freeholders
Direct Budget Cuts
Allocate $100,000 For COVID-19
Response Costs

B roaden Economic Grants
Hunterdon County’s Freeholders, at a March 31 st Special Meeting, called for Departments to reduce discretionary spending, authorized a $100,000 budget for costs arising from the County’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic, and approved the expansion of the County’s Economic Development Municipal Grant Program, in response to economic concerns stemming from the restrictions put in place by the Governor.

Freeholder Director Shaun C. Van Doren stated, “The Freeholders are directing Departments to find budget savings, particularly in light of the need to allocate additional funding for the COVID-19 response costs.”

The municipal grant program was expanded to include more eligible grantees including local merchant groups or business associations that are non-profits.

Hunterdon County Parks And Trails Are Open

Please Do Your Part To Keep County Park Trails
Open For Everyone

Observe Social Distancing Rules  

Playgrounds are closed. No organized activities are permitted on ball and soccer fields. All park buildings and facilities are closed.

Those with mild symptoms of the virus may not know they have it and can unwittingly spread it to others. The virus can lead to very serious complications, such as pneumonia, which can be fatal.
The Hunterdon County Board of Elections is requesting that all forms be sent through USPS for mail delivery.

The Board of Elections Office will continue to operate to answer public phone calls and process mail.

Call 908-788-1190, Monday through Friday,
9 am to 4 pm or 
Hunterdon County Community Alert
Emergency Notification

Sign up for Hunterdon County Emergency notification system.

Hunterdon County Board of Chosen Freeholders and Constitutional Officers
Shaun C. Van Doren ,

Susan Soloway ,
Deputy Director

Matt Holt
John E. Lanza
Zach Rich

Mary Melfi
County Clerk
Fred W. Brown
Susan J. Hoffman
Michael J. Williams
Acting Prosecutor

UPDATED Boards and Commissions Schedule

The state has permitted telephonic public meetings; check the county website for updated information on how to participate.

Hunterdon County Freeholder Meetings
Held by conference call per Governor's
Executive Order #107
*See the county website for information on how public may participate.
Tuesday, April 7th, 5:30 pm

Hunterdon County Agriculture Development Board
*this meeting will be held telephonically, instructions to call-in can be found online
Thursday, April 9th, 8 pm

Hunterdon County Library Commission Meeting
*this meeting will be held telephonically
Saturday, April 18th, 9:30 am
314 State Route 12, Flemington
Main Library, 3rd Floor Conference Room
Hunterdon County Government | Hunterdon County Website