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Renovation Contracts Ready To Go For First School District Building On Consolata

Renovation Contracts Ready To Go For First School District Building On Consolata

The Board of Education on May 23 conditionally approved nearly $2 million in contracts to prepare one of the buildings it will acquire on the former Consolata Missionaries property on Route 27. The three contracts are contingent upon the district and township closing on a property swap that both entities have approved. Under the deal, […]

Mayor Kramer Announces Pothole Reporting Contest, $50 Restaurant Gift Certificates As Prizes

Mayor Kramer Announces Pothole Reporting Contest, $50 Restaurant Gift Certificates As Prizes

A tasty incentive for township residents to report potholes on Franklin streets was announced May 14 by Mayor Phil Kramer. In an effort to repair as many potholes as possible before next winter, Kramer  announced a contest that will feature gift cards to township restaurants. Here’s how it works: residents who see a pothole on […]

Contract Awarded For Naaman Williams Park Pool Resurfacing

Contract Awarded For Naaman Williams Park Pool Resurfacing

After a false start, the Township Council on April 23 awarded a $157,000 contract to resurface the Naaman Williams pool. The pool was closed last July after a crack was discovered in it. Township Manager Robert Vornlocker said at the April 23 meeting the pool would be open in time for the swimming season. Stardust […]

Township Council Introduces $4.4 Million Ordinance For Purchases And Improvements, Including 10 Police Cars

Township Council Introduces $4.4 Million Ordinance For Purchases And Improvements, Including 10 Police Cars

An ordinance authorizing $4.4 million for capital projects and equipment purchases – including 10 police cars – was introduced at the April 23 Township Council meeting. The township will issue $4,151,891 in bonds and put a cash down payment of $218,521 to pay for the work and purchases. According to the ordinance, the money has […]

Township Council Introduces $1.8 Million Road Reconstruction Ordinance

Township Council Introduces $1.8 Million Road Reconstruction Ordinance

An ordinance creating a $1.8 million road reconstruction program was introduced April 23 by the Township Council. The Council will pay for the work with $1,662,500 in bonds and an $87,500 cash down payment. The work will entail milling, paving and resurfacing all or part of the targeted streets. The streets included in the program […]

Colonial Park Spray Park Delayed Yet Again As County Changes Contractors

Colonial Park Spray Park Delayed Yet Again As County Changes Contractors

The opening of the Colonial Park spray park has been delayed yet again, this time to late summer, after the project’s original contractor had to be replaced. The spray park, located next to the playground on Colonial Drive, was originally expected to be opened in the summer of 2018. Delays in permitting and other issues […]

County Previews Upcoming Amwell Road Construction Work

County Previews Upcoming Amwell Road Construction Work

Sometime near the end of 2020, a 1.25-mile stretch of Amwell Road will look different than it does today. That’s because the road will be widened, repaved and have added to it ample shoulders for bicycle lanes. The project was previewed March 28 in the Township Council chamber by members of the Somerset County Engineering […]

Mandatory Library Tax Increase Fuels Local Tax Increase In Proposed Township Budget

Mandatory Library Tax Increase Fuels Local Tax Increase In Proposed Township Budget

The township was able to hold the line on municipal taxes in its proposed 2019 budget, but a mandatory hike in the library tax means an overall increase in local property taxes for township residents this year. The $61,931,338 proposed budget was introduced at the March 26 Township Council meeting. The total represents an uptick […]

D&R Canal Commission Drops Support For Proposed Pedestrian Bridge Off Easton Avenue, Killing Project

D&R Canal Commission Drops Support For Proposed Pedestrian Bridge Off Easton Avenue, Killing Project

Update: John Hutchison, the D&R Canal Commission’s executive director, shed more light on the issue. Hutchison said that at the March 20 commission meeting, it was learned that the new cost estimate for the bridge was $876,000, with a 10 percent contingency. “Commissioners agreed that in light of the revised cost estimate, that it may […]

Township Youth Center Gets Rave Reviews; Still On Target To Open In September 2020

Township Youth Center Gets Rave Reviews; Still On Target To Open In September 2020

A new library branch, a fitness center and music and video studios are just some of the amenities that will be included in the Franklin Township Youth Center when it opens on Lewis Street. The 24,000-square-foot center is slated to open in September of 2020. Under discussion for decades, and championed the last several years […]

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