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Township Council Approves PBA Contracts With 3%, 2% Raises

Township Council Approves PBA Contracts With 3%, 2% Raises

Members of Franklin Township PBA Local 154 will receive 2 percent and 3 percent salary hikes during the course of new 5-year contracts approved Sept. 25 by the Township Council. The contracts had previously been ratified by the membership of PBA 154 and the PBA 154 Supervisory Officers Association. The contracts are retroactively in effect […]

Paving, Traffic Signal Upgrades On Tap For Section Of Amwell Road

Paving, Traffic Signal Upgrades On Tap For Section Of Amwell Road

A repaving project on a section of Amwell Road is expected to begin later this month and extend into October. Amwell between DeMott and Cedar Grove lanes will be repaved, and new ADA-compliant traffic and pedestrian signalization will be installed at the Amwell intersections of DeMott and Cedar Grove, said Somerset County engineer Matt Loper. […]

Township Looks At Creating ‘Grandparents’ Park’ At Willow Avenue And New Brunswick Road

Township Looks At Creating ‘Grandparents’ Park’ At Willow Avenue And New Brunswick Road

The township is considering building a “multi-generational” park at the corner of New Brunswick Road and Willow Avenue. The park, also known as a “grandparents’ park,” would be built on about an acre of the 24.63 acres of Green Acres open space the township owns at that corner, Tara Kenyon, the township’s open space consultant, […]

End Is Seen For Boil Water Alert South Of Route 518

End Is Seen For Boil Water Alert South Of Route 518

The end of a temporary boil water alert for nearly 60 properties in the Route 27 area, south of Route 518, could be just weeks away, a state spokesman said on Aug. 28 The 58 properties have been on the boil water alert since July, when issues with the state Department of Transportation’s 10 Mile […]

$29K Merit Goal Package For Schools Superintendent Approved By School Board

$29K Merit Goal Package For Schools Superintendent Approved By School Board

A series of five goals worth up to more than $29,000 for schools Superintendent John Ravally was approved at the Aug. 22 Board of Education meeting. The merit bonuses are part of Ravally’s salary package; Ravally is in the third year of a five-year contract which carries a base salary of $191,000, up to $196,584 […]

Milestone Achieved With Youth Center Groundbreaking

Milestone Achieved With Youth Center Groundbreaking

A day that Township Councilwoman Kimberly Francois has thought about for years arrived Aug. 15 with the groundbreaking of the Franklin Township Youth Center on Lewis Street. Targeted for the land that once held the Somerset Community Action Program headquarters, the 24,000-square-foot, $9.8 million youth center is expected to be open by September 2020. Francois […]

Colonial Park Spray Park Ribbon-Cutting Postponed Due To Bacteria In Water

Colonial Park Spray Park Ribbon-Cutting Postponed Due To Bacteria In Water

High levels of coliform bacteria in the water have scuttled plans for an Aug. 16 ribbon-cutting of the Colonial Park Spray Park. The latest test results on the water, expected back to the Somerset County Park Commission by the evening of Aug. 16, will determine whether the ill-fated park can be opened during the week […]

Township Council Approves Public Safety Director; Nationwide Search Expected

Township Council Approves Public Safety Director; Nationwide Search Expected

The township is expected to launch a nationwide search to fill its newly created Public Safety Director position. The Council created the position Aug. 13 in a unanimous vote to approve amendments to the police ordinance. The Public Safety Director will replace the Chief and Deputy Chief of Police positions, which the ordinance amendment also […]

Updated: August Opening Eyed For Colonial Park Spray Park

Updated: August Opening Eyed For Colonial Park Spray Park

Update: Somerset County Park Commission officials are waiting to receive the final state environmental approval before opening the spray park, which will delay the opening past the expected Aug. 1. Construction on the spray park, located in Colonial Park, is expected to be finished on July 31, said Geoffrey Soriano, secretary-director of the park commission. […]

Colonial Park Perennial Garden To Be Demolished, Rebuilt

Colonial Park Perennial Garden To Be Demolished, Rebuilt

A project to demolish and reconstruct the Perennial Garden in Colonial Park is expected to start in late August. The garden, a popular site for wedding pictures and other events, is expected to be restored by mid-November. Bids for the $166,000 project are now being solicited. The bid opening is Aug. 1, and the contract […]

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