FLEMINGTON, NJ – For 2021, a lot of the county commissioners will retain their designated liaison roles held in 2020, with just a few modifications made as Hunterdon County Board of Commissioners Director Sue Soloway introduced the commissioners’ “main assignments” for this 12 months.
“The members of this board take their obligations severely and this type of subcommittee system is among the keys to our success in overseeing the extensive, intensive experiences in Hunterdon County,” she mentioned at Tuesday’s reorganization assembly. “The system of dividing obligations amongst board members has labored nicely up to now, and I anticipate us to operate nicely going ahead. I tremendously admire the time every board member devotes to overseeing their liaison appointment roles and obligations on behalf of our county.”
Commissioner Shaun C. Van Doren will proceed to serve with Commissioner J. Matthew Holt on the Hunterdon County Funds Committee. This 12 months, Van Doren will function the board’s liaison to the county Division of Well being, and, for at the least the instant future, if not longer, he’ll oversee progress and updates with COVID-19 testing and vaccinations.
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“Commissioner Van Doren may even function liaison to the county Division of Human Providers, in addition to a consultant on the Board of Faculty Estimate for Raritan Valley Group Faculty amongst different assignments,” Soloway mentioned.
Together with Van Doren, in 2021, she’s going to function a county consultant on the RVCC Board of Faculty Estimate. Along with the 2 county commissioners from Hunterdon County, the RVCC Board of Faculty Estimate consists of two county commissioners from Somerset County, in addition to two members of the RVCC Board of Trustees, as every spring they vote on the school’s finances for the next fiscal 12 months.
She mentioned that Holt’s intensive monetary planning expertise has confirmed invaluable to the county “time and time once more.” In 2021, Holt may even function board liaison to the Hunterdon County Division of Planning and Land Use.
County commissioner Zach T. Wealthy will proceed because the board’s liaison to the Hunterdon County Division of Public Works, encompassing its Division of Roads, Bridges and Engineering, as he routinely delivered updates on key initiatives within the county. For 2021, Wealthy will function Hunterdon County consultant to the North Jersey Transportation Planning Authority (NJTPA).
Wealthy will proceed for a second 12 months in his board liaison position with the Hunterdon County Library System, and he’ll be a part of Soloway as liaison to county veterans (coordinating with the Division of Human Providers, Division of Veterans Providers and V.S.O. Officer Wealthy Sales space).
Deputy director John Lanza will function liaison to the Hunterdon County Workplace of Emergency Administration (OEM) and the Division of Public Security; liaison to the Hunterdon County Board of Elections; and liaison to the county’s varied constitutional officers, county clerk Mary Melfi, county Sheriff Fred Brown, Performing Prosecutor Michael Williams and county Surrogate Susan J. Hoffman’s workplace.
Soloway would be the 2021 liaison to Hunterdon County’s Finance Division, coordinating with CFO Janet Previte, liaison to county counsel (Shana Taylor), the veterans’ division with Wealthy and as a member of the Boards of Faculty Estimate for each RVCC (with Van Doren) and for Hunterdon County Polytech District.
Soloway may even serve on the county commissioners’ Financial Growth Committee, alongside Holt, the longest-tenured county official, coming into his fifteenth 12 months on the county board. In 2021, Holt continues because the designated liaison to the county’s Office of Economic Development, which has its bodily places of work on the Hunterdon County Chamber of Commerce’s constructing, in Flemington.
At Tuesday’s reorganization assembly, Soloway seemed again finally 12 months’s methods for “standing up for Hunterdon County companies,” because the pandemic created an financial slowdown nationally and domestically.
“In 2020, the county board known as for curbside deliveries, regional reopenings, passing a ‘Enterprise Non-Interference’ decision with out regulating enterprise working hours and allowing use of outside tents through the winter,” she mentioned. “We’ve had success when Gov. Murphy lastly began to hear.”
Soloway famous the substantial progress revamped latest months and years with a number of devoted efforts towards attracting financial investments and business entities to Hunterdon County, together with the launch of two new web sites in mid-2020, HunterdonMainStreets.com and Hunterdon579Trail.com. She additionally counseled Holt on his efforts, calling him “an instrumental a part of initiating financial growth successes” within the county.
“We fought for our enterprise group all through the governor’s shutdowns in 2020, via the pandemic,” she mentioned. “We’ve gained firsthand data of the wants and considerations of our native companies and the impression of financial growth initiatives throughout web site excursions with companies and native authorities officers across the county. Attracting jobs and new companies to Hunterdon County stays a precedence for this board, and we’ll do all that we are able to to assist the financial growth program in creating inventive strategies for ensuring it’s identified, Hunterdon County is open for enterprise.”
Listening excursions and web site visits across the 26 municipalities and enterprise communities will proceed in 2021, in accordance with the county commissioners.