Recorded minutes posted on home page for all to hear 

FREEHOLD, NJ – Meetings of the Monmouth County Board of Chosen Freeholders have always been recorded in order to help the Clerk of the Board prepare accurate minutes of the proceedings. Now, you can listen to them, too.

“With a simple click from the county homepage residents who are unable to attend the meetings can now listen to learn what went on,” Freeholder Director Robert D. Clifton said. “Both of our meetings are posted – the workshop or the regular evening meetings.”

“This is a step in the right direction,” Freeholder Deputy Director John P. Curley said. “Our meeting rooms are rarely filled to capacity. This is a terrific way to reach those residents who simply cannot find the time to attend a meeting. And it’s faster than waiting for the minutes to be written.”

“Freeholders need to be accessible to the public,” Freeholder Lillian G. Burry said. “County government provides so many central services that are often taken for granted. I am glad that we are able to provide another way to engage the public in what county government does.”

“This is another tool the freeholder board has to improve transparency,” Freeholder Amy A. Mallet said. “I commend our information technology and public information staffs for improving our ability to bring residents into the democratic process.”

 “I am very happy to provide recorded minutes of our meetings to the general public,” Freeholder Thomas A. Arnone said. “The best part about using recorded minutes is they can be posted within hours of the actual meetings, whereas the written minutes take more than a month to finalize.”

The recordings do not replace the written minutes, which contain copies of the resolutions, proclamations and other documents the freeholders take action on during the meetings. Written minutes are part of the county’s official recordkeeping and are included in the Open Public Records Search (OPRS) system available through the county Web site as well.

The recordings can be found on the upper right-hand side of the county homepage at www.visitmonmouth.com