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Gunther Farm Lease to be Put Up at Auction

The farming lease for Gunther Farm will be put out to bid, now that the last lease has been rescinded by the Township Council. The council voted at its Sept. 10 meeting to rescind the lease that was held by GM Hay and Straw. The five-year lease on the 75-acre property was due to expire […]

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Water Main Project Cost Boosted by $430,000, to $1.2 Million

Outdated cost estimates for a water main interconnection with the New Brunswick water utility have boosted the project’s cost by about $430,000. The Township Council at its Sept. 10 meeting passed on second reading a bond ordinance for the additional amount. That brings the total for the project to about $1.2 million, according to the […]

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Oversight Leads to Additional $7,800 for Police Department Roof Work

Oversight Leads to Additional $7,800 for Police Department Roof Work

An additional $7,800 for the new police department roof was approved at the Township Council’s Sept. 10 meeting. The additional appropriation brings the project’s total to $124,035. Township Manager Bob Vornlocker said the increase was needed because of an oversight. “Part of the construction was inadvertently left off the list when the (bond) ordinance was […]

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Paving of Parts of JFK Boulevard Has Begun

Paving of Parts of JFK Boulevard Has Begun

Navigating JFK Boulevard over the next couple of weeks will be dicey, as a good chunk of the road undergoes a rehab. Work has begun on the first phase of the resurfacing project. That first phase stretches from New Brunswick to Webster roads, said Township Manager Bob Vornlocker. The second phase will extend from Webster […]

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Grant Applications Approved for Road Work, Forestry Management Plan

Grant applications for resurfacing part of JFK Boulevard and creating a forest management plan were approved Sept. 10 by the Township Council. The JFK application, submitted to the state Department of Transportation, would be used for resurfacing JFK from Webster to Renfro roads. The second grant application is for the state’s 2013 Green Communities program. […]

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Council Votes to Spend $135,000 on Equipment

More than $135,000 in purchases and leases were approved Sept. 10 by the Township Council. Topping the council’s shopping list was $59,000 for Panasonic Toughbook in-car computers and $18,727.80 for two Zero-Turn mowers. Other items on the list were: A salt spreader for $14,128 GPS survey equipment for $13,195 A center post variable message sign […]

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County Shopping For New Trees For Two Franklin Parks

The Somerset County Freeholders are seeking bids for 102 trees to be planted this fall in various parks around the county, 11 of which are earmarked for Franklin. In its bid request, the county is asking for six trees for Spooky Brook Golf Course and five trees for Colonial Park, both in Somerset. The county […]

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Bennetts Lane Bridge Slated for Replacement

Bennetts Lane Bridge Slated for Replacement

Somerset County is preparing to replace one of its bridges on Bennetts Lane, work that will close a portion of the road for about four months. The bridge, which has been declared “structurally deficient” and “functionally obsolete,” is located less than a mile north of Route 27, and spans an unnamed tributary of the Six […]

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Mettlers Farmer to be County’s ‘Eyes and Ears’

Mettlers Farmer to be County’s ‘Eyes and Ears’

A South Middlebush Road dairy farmer is once again farming a plot at Mettlers and Weston roads. Bob Puskas, of Middlebsh Farms, was the winning bidder of the lease to the 40-acre, county owned plot. Puskas’ winning bid of $495 a year for each of the next five years – starting Jan.1 – won’t boost […]

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Teachers Readying New Portable Classrooms

Teachers Readying New Portable Classrooms

Teachers are busy getting their classrooms ready in the 12 new portable units in place throughout the school district. The portables, which have been leased for five years at a cost of about $3 million, are needed to handle overcrowding in the schools, said schools Superintendent Edward Seto. Sampson G. Smith School received its first […]

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