Open Space Advisory Committee Says Goodbye To Consultant

Open Space Advisory Committee chairman Randy Jones presents an acrylic plaque to Fran Varacalli, the township’s outgoing open space consultant, at the Dec. 5 meeting.

The Open Space Advisory Committee on Dec. 5 said goodbye to its consultant, praising her work in preserving township open space.

Fran Varacalli was the township’s open space consultant for the last six years. During that time, she participated in or oversaw a number of preservation initiatives, including the redevelopment of the old Kingston School, the $14 million purchase of the former Consolata Missionaries property and the re-establishment of the township’s summer farmer’s market.

Varacalli left the position because she has moved out of state.

At the conclusion of the Dec. 5 meeting, committee chairman Randy Jones presented Varacalli with an engraved acrylic award.

“You’ve done such a fantastic job, and, obviously, as we all know, you’ve been able to preserve a great deal of land in the township, as well as your stewardship with the trails,” he said. “We greatly appreciate all that you’ve done.”

“It means so much to me to live here and work here for the last six years,” Varacalli said. “I feel that we’ve accomplished so much and I’ve loved every minute of it, I really have.”

“Franklin Township will always hold a special place in my heart,” she said.

The township is currently interviewing for Varacalli’s replacement.


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