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Ordinance Amendment Would Allow For Removal Of Board, Commission Members ‘For Cause’

Ordinance Amendment Would Allow For Removal Of Board, Commission Members ‘For Cause’

An ordinance amendment that would allow the Township Council to remove some board and commission members “for cause” was introduced at the May 28 Council meeting. The amendment would give Council members more leeway in removing board and commission members than they now have. Currently, a member of a board – such as the Open […]

Township Council Approves Most Zone Modifications In Ordinance Amendment

Township Council Approves Most Zone Modifications In Ordinance Amendment

Zoning ordinance modifications that tweaked a few spots in the township were further tweaked before they were adopted at the April 9 Township Council meeting. The changes – affecting properties outside the Canal Walk development, at the intersection of Mettlers and Weston Canal roads and some properties on roads off DeMott Lane – were meant […]

Township Council Honors FHS Lady Warriors Basketball Team For Perfect, Championship Season

Township Council Honors FHS Lady Warriors Basketball Team For Perfect, Championship Season

The Franklin High School Lady Warriors basketball team’s victory tour continued April 9 with a commendation by the Township Council. The Lady Warriors posted an historic season, going 34-0 – the best single-season record in state basketball history –  and winning the state Tournament of Champions for the second time in three years. According to […]

Township Council Puts Another Liquor License Up For Sale

Township Council Puts Another Liquor License Up For Sale

Several months after having sold the first retail consumption liquor license in 13 years, the Township Council on March 12 put another one up for sale. The minimum bid for this one is $225,000, a $25,000 increase over the one sold last November. Bids are due to the Township Clerk’s office by noon on April […]

Three FTPD Sergeants Formally Sworn In

Three FTPD Sergeants Formally Sworn In

FTP Sgts. Ken Daly, Ariel Almora and Kevin Fitzharris, left to right, were sworn in at the Council meeting. The three newest Franklin Police Department Sergeants were formally sworn in at the Township Council’s Feb. 26 meeting. Ken Daly, Ariel Almora and Kevin Fitzharris were sworn in to their new positions in front of friends, […]

FR&A Analysis: Why Did Prasad Want Judicial Salary Survey, Including Rodriguez In Mid-Term?

FR&A Analysis: Why Did Prasad Want Judicial Salary Survey, Including Rodriguez In Mid-Term?

Township Councilman Rajiv Prasad asked for a review of area Municipal Court Judge salaries in early 2018, including that of presiding municipal court judge Hector Rodriguez, barely a year into Rodriguez’s current term. The review, requested several months after Prasad steered a township landlord to Rodriguez for help with a tenant issue in 2017, came […]

Township Council Honors John Clyde With Posthumous Commendation

Township Council Honors John Clyde With Posthumous Commendation

The Township Council on Feb. 12 honored one of their own who died in late January. John Clyde, a former Councilman and Mayor, died Jan. 24 at the University of Pennsylvania Hospital in Philadelphia. A Council member for 16 years, Clyde served as Deputy Mayor in 2000 and Mayor in 2001. Clyde was also active […]

Defiant Prasad Vows To ‘Fulfill My Term’ Amid Calls To Resign, Accuses Opponents Of Political Grandstanding

Defiant Prasad Vows To ‘Fulfill My Term’ Amid Calls To Resign, Accuses Opponents Of Political Grandstanding

Rejecting repeated calls for his resignation, Township Councilman Rajiv Prasad on Feb. 12 vowed to fill out his term, and accused those who oppose him with “political grandstanding.” Prasad (D-At Large) has been enmeshed in controversy at various times over the last three years, most recently over his handling of the approval process for the […]

Crystal Pruitt Chosen As Newest Township Council Member

Crystal Pruitt Chosen As Newest Township Council Member

Township Democrats tapped some home-grown talent in picking the newest member of the Township Council on Jan. 22. Township native Crystal Pruitt was unanimously picked by the council to fill in the one-year unexpired term of former Councilwoman Shanel Robinson. Robinson, who held an At-Large seat, is now a Somerset County Freeholder, having won that […]

Vassanella Named Deputy Mayor At Township Council Reorg; Vacated Seat Not Filled

Vassanella Named Deputy Mayor At Township Council Reorg; Vacated Seat Not Filled

The Township Council picked a Deputy Mayor for 2019 at its Jan. 7 reorganization meeting, but did not choose to fill the seat vacated by the person who held the position last year. The Council also filled a number of positions on the various township boards and commissions, named a municipal court judge, prosecutors and […]

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