August 10, 2020

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Welcome to the Borough of Franklin

Franklin Borough – a small town with a big heart: incorporated in 1913; located in Sussex County in beautiful Northwestern NJ; having a population of just under 5,000 people with an area of 4.6 square miles; designated by the NJ legislature as the “Fluorescent Mineral Capital of the World”; widely recognized for its mining history and rich zinc and iron ore bodies containing more than 150 minerals, many of which have fluorescent properties and some found nowhere else in the world.

Today, the Borough’s strategic location and natural beauty have helped it achieve recognition as a great place to live, work and shop. Franklin’s amenities include a beautiful pond recreation area, schools and parks in a rural setting, with the added convenience of nearby commercial activities.


Franklin Pond will be closed to swimming today through Sunday due to elevated bacteria levels resulting from the heavy rains that came from the tropical storm earlier this week. Restrictions for swimming will be in place until testing can be performed again next week to ensure the water meets the State’s recreational bathing standards.

The playground and beach are open at the pond with social distancing restrictions. If you are sick with COVID19 or were recently exposed to someone, or just do not feel well, please do not visit the public park area. If social distancing is not observed, the Borough reserves the right to discontinue use of the facilities. The following guidelines need to be observed:

  • Stay at least 6 feet away from others you don’t live with
  • Wear a face covering as feasible
  • Wash hands prior to entering the playground area with soap and water or hand sanitizer
  • Carefully consider use of the playground and help children follow guidelines
  • If the playground or beach is crowded, please consider coming back another day
  • It can be difficult to keep surfaces clean/disinfected, please consider bringing your own disinfectant and clean equipment prior to use
  • Hand sanitizing stations are expected to be installed at both the beach and playground today.
  • The Public Works Department will clean the playground on a weekly basis.

Due to the Covid-19 restrictions, we are limiting access to the beach and swim area to Franklin Residents. There is no charge for beach tags this year. Tags MUST be worn on your bathing suit or clothing and social distancing must be observed.

Franklin residents, tags can be obtained during business hours at the beach on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 12-6. Residents may bring last years tag and log in with the lifeguard at the sign in table. A 2020 sticker will be applied or you can get a new tag after signing in.

The pond will be staffed by lifeguards on Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays from 12-6pm for all of July and most of August. Closing date to be determined. Thank you for your cooperation and patience.

Estimated Tax Bill NoticeDETAILS

Changing the Face of Addiction Walk 2020DETAILS

Travel Advisory Self QuarantineDETAILS

COVID-19: Summary of Impacts of Covid-19 Executive Orders

NEW! NJ 30 DAY FUND – FORGIVABLE LOAN/GRANTS up to $10,000 for NJ small business with 3-30 employees.  More Information

USDA Implements Immediate Measures to Help Rural Residents, Businesses and Communities Affected by COVID-19DETAILS

Short Term Rental Assistance ProgramDETAILS

  • Water & Sewer payments may be paid by mail or left in the drop box on the front of Borough Hall. There is also an online payment option by credit/debit or by check at the following link: NO CASH PAYMENTS will be accepted in person. Exact change or a money order, may be left in the drop box. Any questions, please call 973-827-9280 x117
  • PROPERTY TAX PAYMENTS – May 1, 2020 remains the second quarter property tax due date. With the passage of the Resolution #2020-33, the Borough Council has extended the grace period for late payments to June 1, 2020. Payments made after June 1, 2020 will incur interest and penalties retro back to May 1, 2020.
  • Garbage and recycling will remain on their normal schedule until further notice.
  • Municipal Court Information – Due to the coronavirus pandemic and the need for social distancing, the court office/building is closed to the public at this time. Payments can be made online, by mail or can be dropped in the box in the front the building. The box is checked every morning. If you need to file a complaint you may call and make an appointment. During the COVID-19 pandemic, municipal courts have cancelled their in person court sessions. With the use of technology, certain cases may be able to be heard and adjudicated remotely. It is advised that you contact the court to set up a video court proceeding and provide your telephone and email address.”

NJ Residents can contact Department of Labor directly through web portal – info
The Department of Labor created a new web portal that allows New Jersey residents to contact the Department of Labor directly. This is a helpful tool for residents who have questions about their applications. To submit a message, residents must go to and follow the instructions below:


PRESS RELEASE: Sussex County Freeholders Support Attorney General’s Investigation into Tragedy at Andover Subacute and Rehabilitation Center




Guide to COVID-19 Information Guidelines July 7, 2020


Links for More Information and the latest updates regarding COVID-19

My Dear Fellow Residents,

I am sending a new release from the County Health Dept. Keep one thing in mind, these are the people who tested positive, this list doesn’t mean they are all hospitalized, some are just home quarantined. We are trying to get a clear count on this information, along the ones that have survived the virus and are back to normal. Unfortunately, we had two people in the county pass away.

Keep in mind that all these numbers will continue to go up for awhile, have fortitude, we will overcome!

I did see some good news in China (WUHAN) were the coronavirus started—there have been no new cases for a while, and they are letting businesses open back up again.

We have posted all kinds of information on our website and facebook. If we’ve missed something, let us know.

Now back to our Home Town—I had a talk with some of our local businesses. Businesses that were thriving just two weeks ago are now closed down due to this evil virus. I ask you, help these business anyway you can, whether it’s just a presence on line or ordering food or just a kind thought, whatever you can do.

Our First Aid Squad, Fire Dept, DPW, Business Office, Police Dept, EDC Committee, Planning and Zoning Boards, Recreation, Committee, Historic Commision, Our Brownies, Cub Scouts, Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, Baseball, Softball, Football, Soccer teams and Your Mayor and Council are all here to Help YOU !
Don’t just Keep an eye on your neighborhood, keep an eye on YOUR TOWN!

We are in uncharted waters, waters we haven’t been in for 102 years.

Keep the faith, (as a good friend once said to me), our ancestors did it in 1918, we will do it again in 2020 !

Your Mayor John Sowden

NJEDA New Initiatives to Support Businesses Impacted by COVID-19

“Applications are anticipated to be opened during the week of March 30th. To see which of these programs you are eligible for, use the NJ COVID-19 Business Support Eligibility Wizard.”

The Opportunity Zone Program – NJEDA will provide grants to opportunity zone businesses. To ensure funding goes to businesses and communities that need it most, $15 million of Phase 2 funding will be set aside to support qualified businesses located in one of the 715 census tracts that were eligible to be selected as a New Jersey Opportunity Zone. Business owners can check if their business is located in an eligible zone using the OZ Mapping Tool.

COVID-19 Exposure Risk Categories and Information – INFO

Governor’s Executive Order No. 104 – regarding COVID-19 – INFO

  • 2020 RFQ for Rental of Boating Equipment INFO
  • 2020 RFQ for Concession ServicesINFO
  • 2021 RFQ for Carnival ServicesINFO
  • 2020 Census is Hiring – employment opportunities can be found at:   For additional information visit our website
Forward Franklin
Building Community, Inspiring Health

  • Franklin residents can fish and boat/kayak on the Franklin Pond at no charge, but they must complete a fishing or boating permit between the hours of 8:30am-4:00pm, Monday-Friday. Fees for non-residents are $20 for a fishing permit and $30 for a boating permit.
  • Board of Elections is looking for poll workers. Interested people can call 973-579-0950 x 1591 with questions. Click Here for current list of available locations for new poll worker training classes.
  • Emergency Services Length of Service Awards Program – DETAILS