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Left Turn Bans Onto Easton Avenue Panned By Area Residents

Left Turn Bans Onto Easton Avenue Panned By Area Residents

A newly instituted ban on left turns from three streets onto Easton Avenue was roundly criticized by area residents at the Nov. 27 Township Council meeting. The council at its Nov. 8 meeting approved the ordinance, which bans left turns from Walnut Avenue, Culver Street and Lakeside Avenue onto Easton Avenue. The ban comes in […]

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Township Council Withdraws Prasad Excused Absence Resolution, But Did It Matter?

Township Council Withdraws Prasad Excused Absence Resolution, But Did It Matter?

Angry residents forced the Township Council to remove from its Nov. 8 agenda a resolution that would have excused Councilman Rajiv Prasad’s four-week absence from his official duties. The excused absence would have taken away the threat of the council declaring Prasad’s seat vacant in December. But as it turns out, the council’s action might […]

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Update: Ordinance Would Ban Left Turns From Three Streets Onto Easton Avenue

Update: Ordinance Would Ban Left Turns From Three Streets Onto Easton Avenue

Update: The Township Council passed the ordinance on second reading at its Nov. 8 meeting. The new rules go into effect immediately. Township manager Robert Vornlocker said the striping and signage could go up as soon as Nov. 9, weather permitting. In response to a question from a resident, Vornlocker said that one reason the […]

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Township, School District Land Swap Plan Advances

Township, School District Land Swap Plan Advances

The land swap between the township and school district is all but a done deal with the Oct. 9 final passage by the Township Council of an ordinance approving it. The Board of Education approved the deal at its September meeting. In the deal, the district will get an approximately 13-acre parcel of land with […]

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‘Citizen’s Committee’ For Peace And Non-Violence Memorial Re-Do Put On Hold

‘Citizen’s Committee’ For Peace And Non-Violence Memorial Re-Do Put On Hold

It appears that the idea to form a citizen’s committee to rework an idea for a “Peace and Non-Violence” memorial is on ice, at least for now. There were no takers at the Oct. 9 Township Council meeting when Mayor Phil Kramer asked for comments from the council, after giving his opinion that it would […]

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Under Fire, Prasad Steps Away From Council Duties For ‘A Few Weeks’

Under Fire, Prasad Steps Away From Council Duties For ‘A Few Weeks’

Embattled Township Councilman Rajiv Prasad has decided to take some time away from council business. A statement from Prasad (D-At Large) to that effect was read at the Oct. 9 Township Council meeting by Township Clerk Ann Marie McCarthy. “I would like to thank the voters of Franklin Township who have placed their confidence in […]

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Proposed Ordinance Amendment Would Expand Sunday Liquor Sales In Township

Proposed Ordinance Amendment Would Expand Sunday Liquor Sales In Township

Sunday alcohol sales would be permitted during the same times as the rest of the week under an ordinance amendment set to be introduced at the Oct. 9 Township Council meeting. Currently, Sunday sales of alcohol are restricted to noon to 2 a.m., in restaurants and noon to 10 p.m. in liquor stores. The rest […]

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‘Peace And Non-Violence’ Monument Park’s Funding Set To Be Dissolved

‘Peace And Non-Violence’ Monument Park’s Funding Set To Be Dissolved

The group that for the past 10 years has acted as the repository for donations earmarked for a proposed “Peace and Non-Violence” monument park on Oct. 2 took the first steps toward divesting itself of the money, and effectively killing the project. The Franklin Township Community Foundation is holding more than $79,000 donated to the […]

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Influence Peddling In Municipal Court? Prasad Emails Raise Questions

Influence Peddling In Municipal Court? Prasad Emails Raise Questions

A Township Councilman appears to have tried to influence a Municipal Court judge – over whom he has reappointment power – to help a local landlord evict tenants from her property, according to emails reviewed by the Franklin Reporter & Advocate. The councilman, Rajiv Prasad (D-At Large), steered the landlord to Municipal Court Judge Hector […]

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FR&A Analysis: Township Council Meeting Brings Some Surprises

FR&A Analysis: Township Council Meeting Brings Some Surprises

Analysis The scheduled discussion of a new aspect to a controversial monument park, the start of a recall effort against the champion of that park, and a robo-call campaign to get people to support the park all heightened the anticipation of the Sept. 26 Township Council meeting. Those who attended weren’t disappointed. The possible creation […]

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