Government

May 11, 2020

SOMERSET, NJ - The Township of Franklin will hold its council meeting online Tuesday at 7 pm. Residents are encouraged to attend the meeting by Clicking Here or calling 1-408-418-9388 and entering the access code 718 997 023. Questions will be taken by phone or via a Webex chat window. The ...

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SOMERSET, NJ - Franklin Township amended its 2020 budget to tap into its fund balance to halt a planned tax increase. After introducing a budget last month that included a 1.75 percent increase in the municipal tax, the council voted to amend the budget to lower the amount raised by taxes from $37 ...

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SOMERSET, NJ - The Township of Franklin will hold its council meeting online tonight at 7 pm. Residents are encouraged to attend tonight's meeting by Clicking Here or calling 1-408-418-9388 and entering the access code 718 997 023. Questions will be taken by phone or via a Webex chat window. The ...

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SOMERSET, NJ – As state and local authorities continue to work to control the outbreak of COVID-19, Franklin Township advanced an ordinance on first reading Tuesday night that outlines quarantine and isolation procedures in the township. TAP here to read the ordinance.  The legislation was ...

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SOMERSET, NJ - The Township of Franklin recently announced the status of many of its programs offered to the public from now through March 31. The announcement includes information on cancelled meetings and events.  Related: Mayor, Township Manager, and Township Attorney Address ...

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SOMERSET, NJ - Local government will be on the frontline in defending the public against COVID-19. Public officials discussed Franklin's plans during tonight's council meeting. "We will get through this, I am not saying there won't be pain, and I am certainly not saying don't take it seriously, ...

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SOMERSET, NJ - Today's 7 pm council meeting will be held at the municipal building. TAP here for full agenda. Email TAPinto Franklin/Somerset at FranklinTownship@tapinto.net with recommendations on agenda items for us to cover. We want to hear from you.  Continue reading below to find out how ...

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SOMERSET, NJ – The Franklin Township added three more properties to its list of open space lots and preserved farmland to the tune of $2,289,800. The Township Council unanimously passed two ordinances last night – one to acquire the land and the other to pay for it – to purchase the Kalogridis ...

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SOMERSET, NJ – Somerset County Freeholder Director Shanel Robinson didn’t shy away from accepting responsibility for the violence troubling Franklin Township at a town hall on Tuesday night. She laid the blame at the feet of elected officials, saying that they’ve not been as accessible as they ...

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SOMERSET, NJ - The Somerset County Democratic Committee Black Caucus (SCDCBC), held its fourth annual Black History Month Celebration at the Franklin Township Senior Citizen Center Saturday afternoon.  More than 100 people attended, including notable elected officials who represent Somerset ...

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SOMERSET, NJ - A town hall meeting to address the recent outbreak of violence will be held on Feb. 4 at 6 pm at Franklin Middle School (Hamilton Street Campus). Councilman, Carl Wright announced the town hall event during the Tuesday night council meeting. Related: Township Council considers ...

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SOMERSET, NJ – After a bill proposing a statewide ban on single-use plastics stalled in the state Legislature earlier this month, Franklin Township joined the growing list of municipalities no longer waiting on the state to take the lead.  “I had said, ‘Let’s wait until the state passes it. Why ...

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SOMERSET, NJ – State and local politicians packed the council chambers last night to celebrate the swearing-in of Franklin Township’s mayor and council members.  Incumbent members Crystal Pruitt, Kimberly Francois and newcomer Sivaraman Anbarasan secured 4-year terms over their Republican ...

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SOMERSET, NJ - TAPinto Franklin/Somerset will be entering its 4th year providing residents with free local online news and information about happenings in and around Franklin. In 2020 we will introduce some new feature series for the people of Franklin, about the people of Franklin.  One of our ...

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SOMERVILLE, NJ - Residents will have the opportunity to view the Somerset County Board of Chosen Freeholder's annual reorganization meeting, for the first time ever, via live stream Jan. 3 at 3 pm. The meeting will be held at the Somerville Court House at 35 East Main Street. The public can ...

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SOMERSET, NJ - Assemblyman Joe Danielsen honored the Somerset County Democratic Committee Black Caucus during his 6th annual Holiday Party at the Somerset Volunteer Fire & Rescue Co. No. 1 station Friday night. The event was held in conjunction with the Franklin Democratic Organization and the ...

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SOMERSET, NJ - The Township of Franklin recently sent out an alert reminding residents of its new snow parking rules. The new ordinance (# 4302-19) requires residents to get their cars off the street if there’s snow on the ground or risk being ticketed and towed.  The complete text of the ...

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SOMERSET, NJ – The Franklin Township Council recognized residents’ dedication to protecting the environment and Franklin’s natural resources last night.  The Environmental Stewardship Awards are given out each year to one individual and one organization by the township Environmental Commission.

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SOMERSET, NJ - Members of the Township Council along with Township Manager, Robert G. Vornlocker reminded the public of this year's leaf bag pick up process, how to report maintenance issues and the deadline to provide community space feedback during Tuesday's council meeting.  During council ...

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SOMERSET, NJ – There’s at least one company that’s sweet on Franklin Township. Representatives from Ferrero USA – the makers of Tic Tac and Nutella – and the Somerset County Business Partnership thanked the Township Council last night for helping the company expand operations and add jobs at ...

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SOMERSET, NJ – Winter is coming and residents will now need to navigate an on-street parking ban when it snows.  The council passed an ordinance last night that requires residents to get their cars off the street if there’s snow on the ground or see their cars ticketed and towed. The ban lasts ...

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SOMERSET, NJ - Construction amnesty is making a comeback this weekend at the Franklin Day Festival according to Township Manager Robert G. Vornlocker.  "If, you have done some work on your house and needed a permit and didn't get one, or if maybe a previous owner has done work on your house and ...

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SOMERSET, NJ - Have you done work in your home and you didn’t know (or weren’t quite sure) you needed a construction permit? Or do you feel a prior owner did work without permits and you don’t know what to do? If you answered yes to any of the above, please stop by the Franklin Township ...

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SOMERSET, NJ - At approximately 3:45 pm Saturday afternoon first responders could be seen at the intersection of New Brunswick Road and Willow Avenue clearing an apparent car crash.  For many who travel through the area, accidents at the intersection may be all too familiar, and the Township ...

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SOMERSET, NJ - In light of recent mass shootings incidents, Franklin Mayor Phil Kramer joined more than 200 other mayors in signing a joint letter to Senators Mitch McConnell and Chuck Schumer, calling on them to bring the U.S. Senate back into session right away to take action on gun safety ...

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SOMERSET, NJ - Somerset County Freeholder Shanel Robinson (D), former Franklin Deputy Mayor and Councilwoman says, released a statement condemning President Donald Trump's July 14 tweets referencing four freshmen congresswomen. Robinson released the statement on behalf of the Somerset County ...

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SOMERSET, NJ - State Assemblyman Joe Danielsen (D-17), a Franklin resident has called for President Donald Trump to "immediately apologize" for his recent "hateful and racist" comments toward four congresswomen.  "The president of the United States is the face of America, and with comments like ...

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SOMERSET, NJ - The Township Council will consider a major change in the leadership of its police department Tuesday night, according to the agenda of the meeting posted online. The governing body will consider changing the position of chief of police to a director of public safety, according to ...

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SOMERSET, NJ - Things are coming together for the long-awaited youth center project destined for Lewis Street. With bids awarded for both the parking lot and the center itself, Councilwoman Kimberly Francois said September 2020 can’t come fast enough.  After receiving three bids that were all ...

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SOMERSET, NJ - Officials in Franklin Township like to plug the town’s diversity as a point of pride. They say it’s one of the most diverse areas in the state and that people of all backgrounds are welcome in the town. But a lawsuit filed against the township claims the reality may not be so ...

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