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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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