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Public Pans ‘Pocket Park’ Plan

Public Pans ‘Pocket Park’ Plan

Residents opposed to a proposed “Grandparents’ Park” in Somerset spent more than two hours January 12 expressing their feelings about the plan to the Township Council. The Council held a special hearing on the plan, necessitated by the facts that the land – located at Willow Avenue and New Brunswick Road – was bought with […]

Township Council Goes To ‘Plan B’ For CDBG Grant Money, Will Help Renters

Township Council Goes To ‘Plan B’ For CDBG Grant Money, Will Help Renters

Getting almost non-existent response from East Franklin businesses to a COVID-19 relief grant program, the Township Council has decided to instead use the money to help township renters. Mayor Phil Kramer said at the November 24 virtual Township Council meeting that given that only one business owner applied for the special Coronavirus Aid Relief & […]

Township Could Absorb NJAW Rate Increase For Rate Payers

Township Could Absorb NJAW Rate Increase For Rate Payers

The township may temporarily absorb a nearly 7 percent rate increase from New Jersey American Water that has been approved by the state. But that won’t be indefinite, and at some point the increase will be passed on. Mayor Phil Kramer announced the 6.6 percent increase – approved by the state Board of Public Utilities […]

More Positive Coronavirus Cases In Schools; Nov. 30 Opening Still Planned

More Positive Coronavirus Cases In Schools; Nov. 30 Opening Still Planned

Plans are being finalized for the November 30 return to hybrid in-person learning in township schools, even as several more cases of coronavirus infection in the district have been confirmed. Another seven people associated with district schools tested positive for the virus between November 2 and 19, according to district officials. District spokeswoman Mary Clark […]

Township Agrees To Pay FTPD LT. $300K To Settle Discrimination Lawsuit

Township Agrees To Pay FTPD LT. $300K To Settle Discrimination Lawsuit

The township has agreed to pay $300,000 to a Franklin Township Police lieutenant and keep her on paid administrative leave until mid-2021 to settle a discrimination and harassment lawsuit the lieutenant filed in 2018. The officer, Lt. Kristen Durham, has been on administrative leave since early 2018, after what she claimed was a “bogus” internal […]

Legality Of Township Leasing Six Mile Run Explored

Legality Of Township Leasing Six Mile Run Explored

Whether the township can legally lease the Six Mile Run Reservoir Site land from the state will be the topic of discussion soon between the Township Manager and township attorney. Township Manager Robert Vornlocker said he would discuss the issue with township attorney Louis N. Rainone. Vornlocker did not sound optimistic about the idea being […]

$28K In Merit Bonuses Approved For Two School District Administrators

$28K In Merit Bonuses Approved For Two School District Administrators

More than $28,000 in merit bonuses for two district administrators were approved by the Board of Education at its August 27 meeting. Jonathan Toth, the district’s business administrator, earned $14,225.92 in bonuses, while Dan Loughren, the assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction, earned $14,281.73 in bonuses. The merit bonuses were based on percentages of the […]

Schools Superintendent Receives Final Merit Bonus Payment

Schools Superintendent Receives Final Merit Bonus Payment

The Board of Education on August 12 approved nearly $17,000 in merit bonuses for schools Superintendent John Ravally. This marks the last year that Ravally will be eligible for the bonuses. His new $230,000, 5-year contract, ratified in June, eliminates the bonuses in favor of a higher base salary than in previous contracts. Ravally was […]

Part Of Amwell Road To Be Closed For Construction

Part Of Amwell Road To Be Closed For Construction

A part of Amwell Road will be closed from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. weekdays from July 28 through August 8, according to the Somerset County Engineering Department. The part of the road to be closed is between Mettlers Road and Elizabeth Avenue. A marked detour will be in place. The road closure, necessitated by […]

Public Comments Sought For Proposed CDBG Money Disbursement

Public Comments Sought For Proposed CDBG Money Disbursement

Public comments are still being accepted for the township’s proposed plan on how to spend more than $500,000 in federal Community Development Block Grant program money. The money comes from the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development, and is used to support public services, public facilities and housing projects that service low-income communities. The […]

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