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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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Council Discusses Using Open Space Funds To Pay For Park Workers’ Salary And Benefits

Council Discusses Using Open Space Funds To Pay For Park Workers’ Salary And Benefits

Building on an action it took in the 2015 budget, the Township Council is discussing using more Open Space Trust Fund money to pay for township workers who maintain township parks. The issue arose at the Feb. 16 budget hearing, the second and final such hearing the council has held on the 2016 budget. At issue […]








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More Than $12 Million Asked For In Capital Improvement Plans For 2016 Budget

More Than $12 Million Asked For In Capital Improvement Plans For 2016 Budget

More than $12 million in capital improvement and equipment expenses were presented to the Township Council Feb. 16 during its second budget session. The total includes nearly $5 million in projects and equipment, another roughly $5 million in Open Space Trust Fund expenses – including $3.6 million for the design and construction of Phase 1 […]








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Tempers Erupt Over Sidewalks At Township Council Budget Hearing

Tempers Erupt Over Sidewalks At Township Council Budget Hearing

Tempers flared at the Township Council’s second budget hearing Feb. 16 after one councilman said he’d been “hoodwinked” by his colleagues over sidewalk installation in his ward. Township Councilman Carl R.A. Wright (D-Ward 4) said he was “kinda miffed” that none of the $750,000 included in the 2015 budget plan and earmarked for sidewalk installation […]








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Township Council Takes First Step Toward Youth Center

Township Council Takes First Step Toward Youth Center

The Township Council Feb. 9 took the first step in creating a youth center when it introduced an ordinance permitting the acquisition of a Lewis Street property. The property is located at 429 Lewis Street, which was the home of the Somerset Community Action Program before it moved to Hamilton Street. The ordinance, which will have […]








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PD Chief Roberts: Police Department Needs A Captain

PD Chief Roberts: Police Department Needs A Captain

The police department needs a captain to help with the rejuvenation of the Hamilton Street business district, among other things, the Township Council was told Feb. 8. Police Chief Lawrence Roberts told the council during its first 2016 budget hearing that unlike neighboring police departments, Franklin’s has no captains. The captain’s salary would be $155,000, […]








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