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School Board Introduces $168M 20-21 Spending Plan

School Board Introduces $168M 20-21 Spending Plan

A $168 million preliminary budget for the 2020-2021 school year was adopted March 23 by the Board of Education. The board met in a conference call due to the continuing coronavirus pandemic. The $167,943,278 estimated operating budget is up nearly $3 million, or 2 percent, from the 2019-20 figure of $165,027,353. The budget is powered […]

Township Council Introduces $63 Million Budget For 2020

Township Council Introduces $63 Million Budget For 2020

A $63 million spending plan was introduced March 10 by the Township Council. The $62,827,195.19 2020 budget – up $895,857 over the 2019 budget of $61,931,338 – is powered by a tax levy of $25,751,390.71. That’s an increase of $614,888.79 over the 2019 levy. Although the budget and tax levy have increased, so has the […]

Township Council Approves Salary Hikes For Commissioners In Two Fire Districts

Township Council Approves Salary Hikes For Commissioners In Two Fire Districts

Salary hikes for Fire Commissioners in Fire Districts 1 and 2 were approved February 25 by the Township Council. The salary for commissioners in Fire District 1 – except the chairman – was increased from $7,000 to 8,000 annually, a 14 percent increase. The chairman of Fire District 1 was given an increase of $8,000 […]

Township Council Hears 2020 Requests In Final Budget Hearing

Township Council Hears 2020 Requests In Final Budget Hearing

The Franklin Township Police Department presented the Township Council with nearly $3 million in budget wish-list requests at the Council’s second budget hearing on February 18. The requests were for upgrades to the department’s radio system, new cars and a new mobile command center. The Council heard from other departments at the annual event, including […]

Township Council Votes To Buy Nearly $300,000 In Equipment, Vehicles

Township Council Votes To Buy Nearly $300,000 In Equipment, Vehicles

Nearly $300,000 in purchases for the police, public works and fire prevention departments were approved December 10 by the Township Council. The council voted to award Atlantic Uniform Company of Belleville a $94,530 contract for the purchase of bullet proof vests for police officers. Kimco USA of Marshall, Illinois was awarded an $84,704.84 contract for […]

Township Looks To Add More Electric Car Charging Stations

Township Looks To Add More Electric Car Charging Stations

The township is adding another electric car charging station to its inventory, with more to come, but the “free ride” now given to electric car owners may end. The Township Council at its November 26 meeting formally accepted a $12,000 grant to install a charging station in Middlebush Park. Township Manager Robert Vornlocker said that […]

Dog Park Eyed For Consolata Property

Dog Park Eyed For Consolata Property

The township is considering creating a dog park on part of the former Consolata Missionaries property on Route 27. Township Manager Robert Vornlocker made the revelation at the November 26 Township Council meeting, in response to a suggestion from a resident. David Triggs, a member of the township’s Open Space Advisory Committee, suggested that some […]

Senior Softball League Reps Looking For Better Field Conditions

Senior Softball League Reps Looking For Better Field Conditions

Two representatives of the township’s Senior Softball League were told November 13 that conditions on their playing fields would improve by next season. The word came from Alice Osipowitz, the township’s recreation director, who told the two representatives that a meeting on park playing field conditions had been held recently, and that maintaining those fields […]

Public’s Input Sought For School District Community Rooms At Consolata

Public’s Input Sought For School District Community Rooms At Consolata

Some of the rooms will be ready to use by early next month, but township officials want the public’s input on designing the rest of the public spaces at the Board of Education’s new administrative campus on Route 27. The board acquired the buildings at the former Consolata Mission property through a land swap with […]

Amwell Road Construction Schedule Released

Amwell Road Construction Schedule Released

The resurfacing and curb ramp work on a section of Amwell Road is scheduled to begin on Oct. 17 and last through Oct. 24. The work entails milling and paving Amwell Road between Cedar Grove and DeMott lanes, and installing ADA-compliant curb ramps at the Amwell intersections of Cedar Grove and DeMott lanes. According to […]

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