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STATE OF NEW JERSEY
BE IT RESOLVED, that the Board of Chosen Freeholders of the County of Hunterdon hereby recognizes and formally accepts the donation of lighting for the Main Street County Complex; and
BE IT FURTHER
that the Hunterdon County Board of Chosen Freeholders sincerely offers
its thanks and appreciation to Theodore G. Koven for his generous donation
to the County of Hunterdon.
John Glynn, Director of Roads, Bridges of Enginnering and Marcia Karrow, Freeholder Director present Mr. Koven a Proclamation from the Board of Chosen Freeholders
The following information has been extracted from the minutes of the September 28, 2004 meeting of the Board of Chosen Freeholders:
John P. Glynn, Director, Roads, Bridges and Engineering advise the landscaping for this building began last Fall and on Main Street is the detail of the street lighting. Mr. Koven saw that in the newspaper and contacted the County’s Planning Board who contacted him advising he had some light poles from the old Foran Foundry. Mr. Glynn advised in the past the poles were made differently, than the ones made today. Back then they were cast iron, and were taller, and they are very heavy, nice poles. His office assembled them and installed them in the side parking area of the Main Street County Complex. He noted that one the poles its states “Foran Foundry”. The Foran Foundry was located in Flemington.
Mr. Koven explained how he procured the poles when someone laid them on his property in Dover and it caused a Department of Environmental Protection problem, so he removed them from the property and brought them back to Hunterdon County. They have sat at his farm for a number of years. Mr. Koven explained he took the poles because Walter Foran and Col. Foran were wonderful people.
Director Karrow stated that her father knew Col. Foran very well and recounted stories that during the depression years, all the Flemington children would go to the Foran house to play on his grounds and he would sent out his staff to feed the kids. It was not just a matter of course, it was because it was the Depression and he was a very generous man.
Director Karrow acknowledged to Mr. Koven that his donation, is also very generous and must appreciated. It’s a piece of history.