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Mandatory Library Tax Increase Fuels Local Tax Increase In Proposed Township Budget

Mandatory Library Tax Increase Fuels Local Tax Increase In Proposed Township Budget

The township was able to hold the line on municipal taxes in its proposed 2019 budget, but a mandatory hike in the library tax means an overall increase in local property taxes for township residents this year. The $61,931,338 proposed budget was introduced at the March 26 Township Council meeting. The total represents an uptick […]

Township Youth Center Gets Rave Reviews; Still On Target To Open In September 2020

Township Youth Center Gets Rave Reviews; Still On Target To Open In September 2020

A new library branch, a fitness center and music and video studios are just some of the amenities that will be included in the Franklin Township Youth Center when it opens on Lewis Street. The 24,000-square-foot center is slated to open in September of 2020. Under discussion for decades, and championed the last several years […]

Township Council Green-Lights Pursuit Of Deal With County For D&R Towpath Bridge

Township Council Green-Lights  Pursuit Of Deal With County For D&R Towpath Bridge

The Township Council wants to know more about a proposed $500,000 pedestrian bridge to the Delaware & Raritan Canal towpath near Easton Avenue and John F. Kennedy Boulevard. The Council voted on a motion to give township resident John Loos – a member of the Delaware & Raritan Canal Commission – the authority to see […]

Township Council Wraps Up Two Budget Meetings, Hears That Finances Are In Good Shape

Township Council Wraps Up Two Budget Meetings, Hears That Finances Are In Good Shape

Franklin is in a “very good, strong financial position,” the Township Council was told at a Feb. 19 special budget meeting. That prognosis of the township’s revenue position came at the end of the meeting – the second budget meeting in eight days – from township auditor Andrew Hodulik. And as far as debt is […]

Township’s AM Radio Station Ready For Emergencies

Township’s AM Radio Station Ready For Emergencies

Township residents looking for information during emergencies now have another outlet, an AM radio station. WRBX 655 AM 1630 has been live for a couple of months, the end result of an effort started in 2017 by Mayor Phil Kramer. In August 2017, the Township Council awarded a $73,018 contract to a Michigan-based company for […]

Online Transaction ‘Safe Zone’ Created In Front Of Police Station

A “safe zone” for residents to conduct online business exchanges will be established in front of police headquarters under an ordinance approved at the Oct. 9 Township Council meeting. The brainchild of Councilman Will Galtieri (D-Ward 2), the zone is meant to give online sellers and buyers some “peace of mind” when transacting their business, […]

Catalpa Park Construction Start Delayed Until Next Year

Catalpa Park Construction Start Delayed Until Next Year

Construction on Catalpa Park has been put off for about a year due to permitting issues. The first phase of the park, bordered by Old Vliet and South Middlebush roads, was expected to be open by this fall. But a realignment of the driveway into the proposed park triggered the need for more stream crossing permits […]

Township Council Approves Purchase Of Five Electric Cars

Township Council Approves Purchase Of Five Electric Cars

The township motor pool will be a little “greener” soon, now that the Township Council has approved the purchase of five electric cars for its fleet. The cars, along with six charging stations that have yet to be purchased, were anticipated in the 2018 budget. The council at its Aug. 14 meeting approved the $188,312.50 […]

Township Council Votes To Support Medical Marijuana Facilities In Franklin

Township Council Votes To Support Medical Marijuana Facilities In Franklin

A resolution expressing support for medical marijuana facilities locating in certain sections of the township was unanimously approved Aug. 14 by the Township Council. The resolution states that the council is supportive of medical marijuana facilities – cultivators, processors and distributors – being located in the township’s M-1 and M-2 zones, which are light industrial […]

Projected Opening Of Township Youth Center Set At Winter 2020

Projected Opening Of Township Youth Center Set At Winter 2020

The long-awaited, much-anticipated township youth center could open its doors by the winter of 2020, the Township Council was told on June 13. It’s possible that opening could be maybe a month or so sooner, but not likely, members of the architectural firm hired to honcho the project told the council. That’s because final designs […]