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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Township Council Makes More Than $1 Million In Purchases

Township Council Makes More Than $1 Million In Purchases

The Township Council on June 23 approved the purchase of more than $1 million in equipment and services. The purchases were: $351,613.50 to Z Brothers Construction of Sayreville for resurfacing of the Public Works parking lot at Ninth Street and Willow Avenue. $390,577 to DeSantis Construction of Somerset for the resurfacing of Jacques Lane. $30,000 […]

Township Unlikely To Embrace ‘Defund The Police’ Movement

Township Unlikely To Embrace ‘Defund The Police’ Movement

Franklin Township is not likely to join the “defund the police” campaign that is arising across the country, officials said on June 11. The reason, officials say, is that the township police department isn’t funded to the extent that would make that practical. The comments came from Mayor Phil Kramer, Township Manager Robert Vornlocker and […]

Township To Distribute $161K To Small Businesses, Food Bank And COVID Testing

Township To Distribute $161K To Small Businesses, Food Bank And COVID Testing

The township will distribute about $161,000 to support the Franklin Food Bank, COVID testing, and to help township businesses retain employees. The money comes from a special Coronavirus Aid Relief & Economic Security (CARES) Act allocation made through the federal Community Development Block Grant program. Council members decided to allocate $85,933 to small township businesses, […]

Township Council Purchases Goods And Services Worth Nearly $14 Million

Township Council Purchases Goods And Services Worth Nearly $14 Million

Nearly $14 million in goods and services purchases were approved May 26 by the Township Council. The largest expenditure – $10,200,000 – was awarded to 17 companies for engineering consulting services. Each of the contracts is worth $600,000. The firms receiving the contracts are: Prestige Environmental, Inc., Somerset CME Associates, Parlin Van Cleef Engineering Associates, […]

So Far, Township Finances Not Affected By Covid Pandemic

So Far, Township Finances Not Affected By Covid Pandemic

Unlike some other towns in New Jersey, Franklin’s financial picture has not been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. In fact, revenues are up when compared to the same period last year, Mayor Phil Kramer said. The only area showing a decrease is the water utility, part of which Kramer attributed to a stop in some […]

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