SOMERSET, NJ - The Franklin Township Council proclaimed March to be Women’s History Month by honoring the contributions of the Franklin Woman’s Club to the area.

Councilwoman Kimberly Francois delivered the proclamation on behalf of the council and recognized the nearly 100-year-old organization for its volunteer work.

“We are very appreciative. We are trying to work as a group of wonderful, fabulous women,” said Nancy Hargett, co-president of Franklin Woman’s Club. “There are over 80 of us doing volunteer services and whatever we can to help our community.”

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The woman’s club planted chrysanthemums around the gazebo at the municipal complex in the fall and have plans to plant more flowers in the spring, collected books and art supplies for Somerset Community Action Program, and crafted hand-made cards for meals on wheels clients on Valentine’s Day.

Tuesday night also saw the passing of an ordinance allowing government buildings – schools, fire stations, libraries and other publicly owned properties – to use digital signs to advertise their activities and announcements.

The council passed another ordinance requiring yearly testing for all water meters two inches or larger and for irrigation meters to be tested at the beginning of each season, once each year.

Ordinances supporting a housing development dedicated to Alzheimer's patients and repealing the township’s cat licensing requirements passed on first reading and will be voted on again on March 26.

Vice Chairman of the Delaware and Raritan Canal Commission John Loos presented a proposal to the council for a new pedestrian bridge that would give Franklin residents better access to the towpath along the Delaware and Raritan Canal.  

The plan would include a pathway to the bridge, as well as a small park, with access being adjacent to the Somerset Diner on Easton Avenue.

Loos said that the project gives the most densely populated area of the township adjacent to the canal an easier way to use the towpath.

“We’re really talking about a population from New Brunswick all the way up to Demott Lane not having adequate access to the canal towpath,” said Loos.

The project needs another $500,000 in funding, at least half of which Loos hopes to secure from the council. He’s looking to get the other half from the county.

The council passed a motion allowing Loos to investigate the funding options available through the county before moving on the project.

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