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State Supreme Court Rules Township Digital Billboard Ban Unconstitutional

State Supreme Court Rules Township Digital Billboard Ban Unconstitutional

The state Supreme Court has declared unconstitutional the township’s ban on digital billboards. The court made its decision on Sept. 15. The case was argued in March. In making its ruling, the Supreme Court reversed an earlier decision by the state Appellate Court, which had found in favor of the township. In making its decision, the […]



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Town Officials To Christie: Fix Route 518 Bridge; Christie To Town Officials: No

Town Officials To Christie: Fix Route 518 Bridge; Christie To Town Officials: No

Saying “enough is enough,” officials from the township and surrounding towns went public the morning of Aug. 19 in their effort to restore funding for the replacement of the Route 518 bridge at Canal Road. But that rush-hour protest, as well as other bridge-related lobbying efforts directed at Gov. Chris Christie’s administration, has so far […]



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Contract Awarded For Middlebush Park Concession Stand

Contract Awarded For Middlebush Park Concession Stand

A Port Monmouth construction company will supply the township with a concession stand for Middlebush Park. The Township Council awarded the $412,939 contract July 12 to Whirl Construction. The company’s web site says that it has been “a leader in park and playground construction since 1982.” The bid came in under budget; the council had […]



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Updated: Township Council Action Expected On Contract For Three Cricket Pitches

Updated: Township Council Action Expected On Contract For Three Cricket Pitches

Updated: The council voted to award Falak Construction the contract at its June 14 meting. Original Story: The Township Council on June 14 is expected to award an $87,000 contract to build three cricket pitches in township parks. Falak Construction of North Brunswick was the lowest of two bidders on the project, according to a memo written […]



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Township Council Approves $80,000 Study Of Business Zones

Township Council Approves $80,000 Study Of Business Zones

A purchase that township officials said will impact Franklin for decades to come was approved May 24 by the Township Council. The council voted to award a contract worth $80,608 to Hopewell-based 4Ward Planning for a market study of the Hamilton Street business district and the Corporate Business zone near Interstate 287. It’s hoped that […]



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Contract Awarded For Catalpa Park Traffic Study

Contract Awarded For Catalpa Park Traffic Study

A Parsippany firm was tapped by the Township Council April 12 to provide a traffic study for the proposed Catalpa Park. The RBA Group was awarded the $4,600 contract. The Council on April 12 also approved on second reading a bonding ordinance that includes $3.6 million for the design and construction of the park’s first phase. […]



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Township Council Begins 2016 CDBG Award Deliberations

Township Council Begins 2016 CDBG Award Deliberations

Township officials are reviewing more than $200,000 in requests for Community Development Block Grants, but the program’s administrator warned that some of the requests will not be filled. The township’s 2016 CDBG figure has not yet been arrived at, program administrator Deborah Mitchell told the Township Council at its March 22 meeting, but requests in […]



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Township Council Introduces Ordinances For $12.3 Million For Construction And Equipment

Township Council Introduces Ordinances For $12.3 Million For Construction And Equipment

Updates: April 12: All ordinances were approved on second reading. Ordinances for various capital improvements and equipment purchases were introduced at the March 22 Township Council meeting. The ordinances total $12,299,316. All of the projects were discussed during the council’s budget hearings earlier in the year. Included in the ordinances introduced were: A $1,333750 bond […]



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Middlebush Park Sound System Bid Awarded

Middlebush Park Sound System Bid Awarded

A North Brunswick firm was chosen March 8 to provide a sound system for Middlebush Park. The Township Council awarded the $13,675 contract to Coskey’s TV Radio Sales and Service. Coskey’s was one of three companies to bid on the project. The system will be primarily used by the township’s Pop Warner football program. Bids for the […]



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Updated: Township Council Introduces $59.5 Million Budget, Tax Rate Remains Flat

Updated: Township Council Introduces $59.5 Million Budget, Tax Rate Remains Flat

Updates: April 12: The council unanimously approved the amendment and the 2016 budget. March 22: Three revisions in the proposed budget forced the public hearing to be re-scheduled to the Council’s April 12 meeting. The changes reduce the overall budget by $50,000, to $59,488,016. In his budget address Mayor Phil Kramer said the tax impact […]



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