Franklin Borough Plans Hundred Year Celebration At Borough Council Meeting

January 23, 2013 at 4:15 PM

FRANKLIN NJ -  Franklin Borough had its bimonthly borough council meeting on Jan. 22. While the meeting covered a wide array of topics, the biggest item on the agenda was the planning of the borough's hundred year celebration.

The celebration is planned for May 18, in addition to other events happening almost every month all year long. Judy Williams is in charge of coming up with the plan for the anniversary celebration. The event is planned to take place at Franklin Pond. All of the plans are subject to change. There are also plans to place a historical marker somewhere in Franklin celebrating the first century of the borough.

A few citizens of the borough voiced concerns about issues around town. Olga Struble expressed her opinion about what she described as the lack of security in Franklin's schools after the recent school shootings, most famously the one in Newtown Conn. She stated that there are no police or security in schools, except only at certain times of day. Her suggestion was that a police officer be posted at the schools for the entire school day.

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Mayor Paul Crowley stated that it is being discussed by the Franklin Police Chief, the Hardyston Police Chief, and the superintendent of schools; and that he is not sure what the outcome will be.

One disgruntled citizen protested the mayor's statement about possible construction of a Walgreens on Route 23, and that commercial development had been there already for 40 years. He cited the gas station on Route 23 as evidence. The citizen was contesting this statement, and that the mayor was going to bring about a lawsuit on the borough.

“Let the zoning board do their job,” the citizen said over and over again. 

Crowley allowed the citizen to say his piece without interruption. The man then said that he had been posting signs by Walmart, and he told the mayor to stop taking them down.

“I have no knowledge of signs being taken down,” the mayor said.

The council proceeded to discuss several other issues. They approved the minutes of the last meeting on Jan. 8. They also approved Resolution 2013-14, which appointed John E. Ursin as the municipal attorney. Ursin is from the law firm of Schenck, Price, Smith & King LLP.

The council also discussed possibly building fuel storage systems for the borough. This was thought up after  Superstorm Sandy when fuel was scarce. The borough obtains its fuel from the DPW in Hardyston at a discounted rate. A fuel depot in Frankin would save time when refilling emergency vehicles with gas. While this was not approved due to the high price tag of over $100,000, the council discussed possible alternatives to this plan.

The council members also spoke about a proposed rate increase for Jersey Central Power & Light (JCP & L). The council discussed their frustration with JCP & L, and they even mentioned possibly changing power companies.

The council also approved a request for the closing of Hardystonville Road in front of Irish Cottage Inn on St. Patrick's Day for their festivities. They additionally approved a pay raise for administrator James C. Kilduff by three percent this year, and four percent next year, bringing his pay to $94,000 in 2013, and $114,000 in 2014.


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