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Contract Awarded For Naaman Williams Park Pool Resurfacing

Contract Awarded For Naaman Williams Park Pool Resurfacing

After a false start, the Township Council on April 23 awarded a $157,000 contract to resurface the Naaman Williams pool. The pool was closed last July after a crack was discovered in it. Township Manager Robert Vornlocker said at the April 23 meeting the pool would be open in time for the swimming season. Stardust […]

Township Council Introduces $4.4 Million Ordinance For Purchases And Improvements, Including 10 Police Cars

Township Council Introduces $4.4 Million Ordinance For Purchases And Improvements, Including 10 Police Cars

An ordinance authorizing $4.4 million for capital projects and equipment purchases – including 10 police cars – was introduced at the April 23 Township Council meeting. The township will issue $4,151,891 in bonds and put a cash down payment of $218,521 to pay for the work and purchases. According to the ordinance, the money has […]

Township Council Introduces $1.8 Million Road Reconstruction Ordinance

Township Council Introduces $1.8 Million Road Reconstruction Ordinance

An ordinance creating a $1.8 million road reconstruction program was introduced April 23 by the Township Council. The Council will pay for the work with $1,662,500 in bonds and an $87,500 cash down payment. The work will entail milling, paving and resurfacing all or part of the targeted streets. The streets included in the program […]

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 […]