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$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 […]

Township Council Approves $900K In Police Purchases

Township Council Approves $900K In Police Purchases

More than $900,000 worth of vehicles and equipment for the township police department were approved June 25 by the Township Council. The purchases were for a total of 14 vehicles and 59 digital radios. The Council approved the purchase of 12 2020 Ford Interceptor police SUVs – 10 marked and two unmarked – for a […]

Township Youth Center Construction Contract Awarded

Township Youth Center Construction Contract Awarded

Construction of the long-awaited township youth center project will begin next week, with work starting on the center’s parking lot. That was the word from Township Councilwoman Kimberly Francois (D-At Large) who spoke before the Council approved a $9.8 million contract for the youth center’s construction at the Council’s June 25 meeting. The parking lot, […]

Township Council Awards Contracts To 12 Engineering Firms

Township Council Awards Contracts To 12 Engineering Firms

A dozen engineering firms received professional service contracts from the Township Council at its May 28 meeting. Each contract is worth up to $300,000. The firms receiving the contracts were: BANC3 Engineering, Inc., 300 Alexander Park, Suite 300, Princeton, NJ 08540 Boswell Engineering, 330 Phillips Ave, Hackensack, NJ 07606 Carroll Engineering of NJ, LLC, 105 […]

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, […]