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Parking Ban On Snow-Covered Streets Being Discussed

Parking Ban On Snow-Covered Streets Being Discussed

Township officials are considering banning parking on Franklin streets when they are snow covered. The idea – still in its infancy – was discussed at a recent meeting of the Township Council’s public works subcommittee, Councilman Ted Chase (D-Ward 1) said at the April 24 council meeting. One major sticking point: how to handle residents […]

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Tree Limb Pickup Progressing, Northern Part Of Township To Be Done First

Tree Limb Pickup Progressing, Northern Part Of Township To Be Done First

The bulk of the township’s limb pickup program should be done by May 7, with the northern section of Franklin completed first. Streets south of the Claremont Road area will be done after that for logistical reasons, Township Manager Robert Vornlocker said at the April 24 Township Council meeting. Vornlocker said after the meeting that […]

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Proposal Would Ban Drone Takeoffs, Landings On Township Property

Proposal Would Ban Drone Takeoffs, Landings On Township Property

An ordinance that would prohibit the takeoff and landing of drones on township-owned property is being readied for the Township Council. The ordinance is being written by township attorney Louis Rainone at the behest of the council’s land use subcommittee, acting on a suggestion by the Open Space Advisory Committee. Township Manager Robert Vornlocker told […]

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Organizations Vie For Block Grant Funding

Organizations Vie For Block Grant Funding

A total of 17 applications for more than $330,000 in Community Development Block Grants were received by the township for 2018. Representatives of several of the applicants showed up to the March 27 Township Council meeting to make their case for funding. Not all of those requests will be filled. Deborah Mitchell, the township’s CDBG […]

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Video Story: New Police Chief Formally Sworn In, Pledges To Maintain Department’s Quality

Video Story: New Police Chief Formally Sworn In, Pledges To Maintain Department’s Quality

Franklin Township Chief of Police Richard Grammar was formally sworn in to the position on Jan. 9 before an audience comprised of fellow officers, his family and visiting la enforcement dignitaries. Grammar, a 30-year FTPD veteran, is the township’s seventh police chief. In his remarks after being sworn in, Grammar said he would work as […]

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Richard Grammar, 30-year FTPD Veteran, Is New Police Chief

Richard Grammar, 30-year FTPD Veteran, Is New Police Chief

A 30-year veteran of the Franklin Township Police Department has been picked to head the agency. Richard Grammar, who for the past six years has served as Deputy Police Chief, will be formally sworn in to the position at the Jan. 9 Township Council meeting. Grammar was officially sworn in on Jan. 5. Grammar, 51, […]

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FR&A Video Story: 2018 Township Council Reorganization

FR&A Video Story: 2018 Township Council Reorganization

Winners of the November 2018 Township Council election were sworn in Jan. 1 at the annual reorganization meeting. Newest council member William Galtieri (D-Ward 2) was sworn in, as were returning council members Ted Chase (D-Ward 1), Charles Onyejiaka (D-Ward 3), Carl R.A. Wright (D-Ward 4) and James Vassanella (D-Ward 5). Councilwoman Shanel Robinson (D-At […]

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Dissent On Township Council As Decision To Start FTPD Chief Search Is Made

Dissent On Township Council As Decision To Start FTPD Chief Search Is Made

The Township Council officially began the search for a new police chief on Dec. 12, but the decision to do so was not without its drama. Current Police Chief Lawrence Roberts is retiring on Dec. 31. He announced his intention in June. The council on Dec. 12 held an executive session to discuss the chief’s […]

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Video Story: Township Council Honors Outgoing Police Chief Roberts, Councilwoman Sherman

Video Story: Township Council Honors Outgoing Police Chief Roberts, Councilwoman Sherman

The Township Council said goodbye Dec. 12 to one of their own and to the township’s police chief. FTPD Chief Lawrence Roberts is retiring at the end of the year, capping a 30-year career in law enforcement, while Councilwoman Roz Sherman did not run for re-election this year. Following are videos of the presentations made […]

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Township Council Approves Deal Meeting Affordable Housing Obligation Through 2025

Township Council Approves Deal Meeting Affordable Housing Obligation Through 2025

The township has already provided for more than enough low- and moderate-income housing to meet its Mt. Laurel obligations through 2025, a township official said in the wake of an affordable housing agreement approval. An agreement between the township and the Fair Share Housing Center, approved at the Township Council’s Oct. 10 meeting,  sets Franklin’s […]

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