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. 

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The full text of the announcement can be found below:

Effective immediately and through March 31st, all Municipal Committees, to include Planning Board, Zoning Board of Adjustment and Redevelopment Agency, are cancelled.

The Council Meeting on Tuesday, March 24th is still scheduled to occur, but may be modified.

Additionally, all Municipal programs during this period are cancelled with a review of April programs taking place at the end of this month.

All Franklin Township Recreation programs are cancelled through March 31st. This will also include all meetings, programs and classes operated at the Community/Senior Center. Where programs cannot be rescheduled, participants will be offered credits or refunds.

The Animal Shelter Rabies Clinic scheduled for Saturday, March 14th is cancelled.

The Township is encouraging the public to limit access to Municipal Offices and conduct business remotely via telephone, email, regular mail or Township website when possible. Please contact individual Departments to determine availability of remote services.

We ask that the public remain patient when contacting Municipal Offices as we anticipate high call volumes and delayed response times. Please leave messages when possible and calls will be returned as quickly as possible.

In the near future there may be a reduction in Municipal services and personnel. Please rest assured that the Township is doing everything possible to be responsive at this time of emergency. 

From the Franklin Township Police Department

Due to the evolving situation involving Covid-19, the Franklin Township Police Department is taking  the following protective measures and adding our request for handling of Reporting Incidents:

1)  During this period of time, residents may file non-emergent reports over the phone using our non-emergency phone number 732-873-2300.  Residents may receive a follow up phone call from an on duty officer if additional information or follow up is necessary.

2)  If you come to the FTPD Headquarters Lobby, we will greet you from behind our glass partitions.  If paperwork needs to be exchanged, it will be passed through the slots.  This includes ALL Records Bureau requests.  If you have had a fever or any other associated symptoms, please DO NOT come into our Headquarters.

3)  We will NOT be hosting tours at FTPD Headquarters for the next 30 days and will be limiting our frequency of attended events and respectively request that you do not come to visit at the present time (ie fresh baked goods, well wishing, etc.).

The Franklin Township Police Department dedicated to the safety and security of our residents and officers.  We wants to assure everyone that we will still provide our community with the very best service while taking measures to protect our Officers & Staff.  We will continue to answer any emergent call for service with the same high level of professionalism as we always have.

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