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Slight Tax Decrease In Proposed Township 2021 Budget

Slight Tax Decrease In Proposed Township 2021 Budget

Township property owners will see a slight decrease in the municipal portion of their 2021 property taxes under the $63.2 million budget introduced by the Township Council at its April 13 virtual meeting. The $63,243,699.96 budget – which weighs in $274,513.76 less than the 2020 budget – is powered by a local tax levy of […]

Big-Ticket Budget Items Discussed At Council Budget Session

Big-Ticket Budget Items Discussed At Council Budget Session

New vehicles and equipment for the township police and public works departments, improvements to parks and upgrades in software and hardware systems highlighted the Township Council’s second 2021 budget hearing on March 10. The nearly three-hour session featured mostly capital improvement requests, the big-ticket items in the yearly spending plan. The township wants to spend […]

Residents Encouraged To Report Potholes, Street Issues

Residents Encouraged To Report Potholes, Street Issues

Spring is in the air, and young public works’ employees’ minds turn to filling potholes. The annual pothole repair program is underway, and township officials are asking for help from residents in finding them. A special page has been created on the township web site – located by clicking here – on which potholes and […]

Township Council Hears First Details Of ‘Boring’ Budget

Township Council Hears First Details Of ‘Boring’ Budget

There were no shocks or surprises in the first hearing for the 2021 township budget, something for which township officials were thankful. The majority of the 18 or so departments that presented their funding asks were either flat from last year or had decreases. Some departments’ requests reflected a belief that the COVID-19 pandemic would […]

Township Council Ok’s More Than $120,000 In Services Contracts

Township Council Ok’s More Than $120,000 In Services Contracts

Contracts worth more than $120,000 were approved February 9 by the Township Council. The Council approved contracts to provide employee health services, and for maintenance for the township 9-1-1 system. A $30,000 contract for employee health services was awarded to Robert Wood Johnson Physician Enterprise P.A./Urgent Med of Philadelphia. According to the contract, services to […]

Councilman Galtieri: I’m Not Pursuing Grandparents’ Park

Councilman Galtieri: I’m Not Pursuing Grandparents’ Park

The push to build a pocket park on Willow Avenue formally ended on January 26, with Township Councilman Will Galtieri publicly pulling the plug on his brainchild. “I have heard you loud and clear and at this point I am not proceeding with asking Council to change the usage of the land from passive to […]

Proposed ‘Grandparents’ Park’ Plan May Be Dead

Proposed ‘Grandparents’ Park’ Plan May Be Dead

A controversial plan to build a small park on Willow Avenue, near New Brunswick Road, appears to be dead, according to a comment made by a Township Councilwoman. Councilwoman Kimberly Francois (D-At Large) made the announcement in the midst of a conversation on another topic during the township Redevelopment Agency’s regular meeting on January 25. […]

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 […]

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