Franklin Township Voices Concerns Over Proposed Developments

In a recent Franklin Township Council meeting, the community expressed concerns about proposed development projects and their potential impacts on the local infrastructure, traffic, and quality of life. One notable issue discussed was the Levan Corporation’s proposed densely occupied building on Eastern Avenue, known as the most dangerous road in Somerset County. The project, along with another proposed warehouse development, drew criticism from multiple residents regarding increased traffic, pedestrian safety risks, and strain on public services.

Residents highlighted the high number of accidents on Eastern Avenue, expressing fears that additional traffic from the new developments could exacerbate the situation. They also raised concerns about stormwater management, the need for additional electric vehicle (EV) charging stations, and the potential environmental and public safety impacts. Questions were posed about the necessity of such projects, especially considering existing apartment complexes and the lack of public transportation options.

Further complicating the debate was the community’s unease with the conduct of the planning board chairman, who was accused of being rude and dismissive of public input during a recent planning board meeting. This, coupled with concerns about fire code compliance and room capacity during public meetings, highlighted a perceived disconnect between residents and local government officials.

In addition to development concerns, the council discussed long-range plans for providing drinkable water in anticipation of population growth. This focus on infrastructure also included a discussion on tree maintenance plans and the costs associated with tree inventory and planting.

An upcoming event, the Ramadan lighting ceremony at the senior center, was announced. The council also noted the historical significance of the Van Wickle House and encouraged the community to participate in its events.

Individual contributions to the community were recognized, with commendations awarded to Charles Maria, a dedicated fire marshal and volunteer firefighter, and Sarah Malone, a member of the Shade Tree Commission, for their service and environmental stewardship.

Council members, while not directly named in the summary, were reported to have discussed various community issues. These ranged from the need for a bus to transport students to the YMCA, debates over the Urban Enterprise Zone, and concerns about the potential overshadowing by new buildings on solar panels. The emphasis was on prioritizing the concerns of residents, particularly in the Fourth Ward, with opposition noted toward mixed-use commercial and residential developments.

Acknowledgment of global events, such as war and its impact on children, was also part of the council’s discussions.

Several resolutions were passed during the meeting, including the authorization of an executive session for attorney-client privilege and land management applications. The council emphasized the ongoing partnership with the Board of Education, highlighting the use of American Rescue Plan funds for a healthcare facility to benefit students and families.

Note: This meeting summary was generated by AI, which can occasionally misspell names, misattribute actions, and state inaccuracies. This summary is intended to be a starting point and you should review the meeting record linked above before acting on anything you read. If we got something wrong, let us know. We’re working every day to improve our process in pursuit of universal local government transparency.
Phillip Kramer
City Council Officials:
Alex Kharazi, Sivaraman Anbarasan, Kimberly Francois, Ed Potosnak, Shepa Uddin, Charles Onyejiaka, Carl R.A. Wright, James Vassanella, Louis N. Rainone (Township Attorney), Ann Marie McCarthy (Township Clerk), Robert G. Vornlocker (Township Manager)

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