SOMERSET, NJ - This holiday season, local business owners could have more than the usual reasons to celebrate with the anticipated lifting of Sunday alcohol sale restrictions. Restaurant owners have asked for relief from a law that cut short Sunday alcohol sales, and their wish could be granted following a public hearing Tuesday.

The ordinance calls for an amendment to the municipal code for alcohol that would treat all days equal, allowing patrons to say cheers on Sunday from 7 a.m. to 2 a.m. just as they could any other day of the week.

Previously, alcohol only could be served beginning at noon on Sunday, which has traditionally been considered a day of rest and worship. This ordinance is the recommendation of the Economic Development Committee.

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“The owners of restaurants in Franklin have expressed their displeasure that alcohol sales on Sunday were not permitted during the same hours as the rest of the week,” states the ordinance.

Another ordinance up for adoption might not get the same hoorah from new borough employees. New Jersey’s focus on the high cost of retirement benefits for public employees has not escaped notice in Franklin, where anticipated changes would impact employees hired after Nov. 12.

Existing employees will not see any changes in their benefits under this ordinance, also scheduled for a public hearing Tuesday night.

Those hired after Nov. 12 will receive their retiree health benefits to the age of 65, at which point they could sign up for Medicare and their health costs would no longer be the town’s responsibility. These newer workers also would not receive any payout for unused sick or vacation time when they retire. Measures like these are designed to provide relief for municipal budgets, while at the same time not taking a toll on current employees.

A new Ordinance has been proposed by the Franklin Township Council to prohibit left turns onto northbound Easton Avenue from eastbound Walnut Avenue, Culver Street, and Lakeside Road.

The ordinance, which amends Chapter 226 Section 22 of the Code of the Township of Franklin, will take effect immediately upon its publication on October 23rd.

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Other action planned for Tuesday includes the proclamation of Red Ribbon Week from Oct. 23-31 to educate, create awareness and promote initiatives aimed at tackling substance abuse. Commendations also will go out to the Franklin Woman’s Club and those responsible for the success of the Franklin Festival and Fourth of July celebrations. The meeting, which includes a work session, begins at 7 p.m.

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