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Township Council Approves Contracts

Township Council Approves Contracts

The Township Council at its May 9 meeting approved several contracts for goods and services. Among the actions taken by the council: Approved a correction in a 3-year contract with Lightpath of Jericho, NY for the township’s telephone system. The original contract set a limit of $2,400 per month, but, according to a memo from […]








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Township Closes On $14 Million Purchase Of Consolata Missionaries Property

Township Closes On $14 Million Purchase Of Consolata Missionaries Property

What some township officials called the best land purchase in township history was closed on May 11, when papers were signed for the $14 million purchase of the 65-acre Consolata Missionaries tract on Route 27. Consolata representatives, township officials and others were on hand in the Township Council chamber for the closing, for which an […]








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Franklin Native Becomes Newest Police Officer

Franklin Native Becomes Newest Police Officer

One of Franklin’s own is its newest police officer. Malcolm Belvin was sworn in at the May 11 Township Council meeting. Belvin, a graduate of Franklin High School, was most recently a member of the Middlesex County Sheriff’s Department, said township Police Chief Lawrence Roberts. “I always like to say when we have the opportunity […]








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Township Council Contracts For Youth Center Feasibility Study

Township Council Contracts For Youth Center Feasibility Study

A Pennsylvania-based architectural firm has been hired to conduct a feasibility study for the proposed Lewis Street Youth Center. The Township Council awarded Kimmel Bogrette Architecture of Conshohocken, Pa. the $25,000 contract at its April 25 meeting. The firm was selected from eight candidates, all of whom were vetted by Township Manager Robert Vornlocker,  Alice […]








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‘Family Friendly’ Catalpa Park Plan Readied For Public Debut

‘Family Friendly’ Catalpa Park Plan Readied For Public Debut

A plan for a “family friendly” Catalpa Park – slightly different from what was approved last year – is making the rounds before relevant committees before its official public debut. The plan is being shepherded by Township Manager Robert Vornlocker. Earlier this month he took the plan to the Advisory Recreation Council for its input, […]








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Township Council Introduces $11 Million In Capital, Bonding Ordinances

Township Council Introduces $11 Million In Capital, Bonding Ordinances

Bonding and capital ordinances appropriating more than $11 million for purchases and capital improvements were introduced by the Township Council at its March 28 meeting. The ordinances will have a public hearing and final vote in April. Among the biggest-ticket ordinances are $3,459,600 for water utility projects and $3,324,000 for the 2017 phase of the […]








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Township Council Green-Lights Sidewalk Program Around FMS

Township Council Green-Lights Sidewalk Program Around FMS

The Township Council gave the green light March 7 to a sidewalk program that will affect about 150 property owners around Franklin Middle School. The council met in a special session to consider the project, during which a number of area residents spoke in favor of or against the plan. The $750,000 program will install […]








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First Local Tax Rate Cut In Years In Proposed Township Budget

First Local Tax Rate Cut In Years In Proposed Township Budget

The $59.3 million budget introduced Feb. 28 by the Township Council carries something that hasn’t been seen in quite a while: a decrease in the local portion of the property tax rate. The decrease is slight and varies depending upon whether a property has been reassessed in the last year, but it’s a decrease, nonetheless. […]








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Township Puts Final Touches On 2017 Budget; Looks To Be Less Than 2016

Township Puts Final Touches On 2017 Budget; Looks To Be Less Than 2016

Township officials anticipate the 2017 budget will allow them to do a little more with a little less. As in, a little more in services with a little less spending. And that’s even after creating one new full-time position, increasing a current part-time position to full-time, and adding another part-time position, at a price tag […]








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Township Council Moves To Buy Two Parcels Of Land

Township Council Moves To Buy Two Parcels Of Land

The Township Council Feb. 14 introduced ordinances earmarking more than $650,000 to purchase two pieces of property. The ordinances will have a public hearing and final adoption vote at the council’s Feb. 28 meeting. One ordinance allocates $511,600 from the Open Space Trust Fund to buy a lot on Bunker Hill Road known as the […]








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