March 28, 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.

– NOTICES –

Dear Fellow Franklin Residents:

It has been reported by the County Board of Health, that there are 3 confirmed cases on the coronavirus in Franklin. I do not have any details on their conditions but hope that they all are well again soon. We have taken proper precautions for all of our first responders (police, fire and rescue squad), by providing them with the proper equipment, cleaning materials and safety procedures. Our OEM Coordinator Jim Williams is actively engaged with the local, county and state to keep us apprised of the latest news. Please continue to take precautionary steps to keep yourself and your family members safe as well.

Just to update you on the activities at Borough Hall, we have been informed by the County Board of Elections, that the Clerk must be present at Borough Hall all day on Monday, March 30th for candidates running for their parties nomination in the June primary. If you need to make an appointment to drop off a petition, please call Darlene Tremont between 8:30am-3:30pm Monday. On Tuesday 3/31 and Thursday 4/2, Borough Hall will be staffed from 10:00am-1:00pm. If you need the help of the staff on those two days, please call 973-827-9280 x107 or use the intercom located at the back door of Borough Hall.

I will attempt to push any information I receive out to you as soon as I can, but please keep in mind we are at the beginning of what could be a long few months, and at times, the information is flying in fast and furious. Thank you for your continued patience and please remain safe and well.

Mayor John Sowden


Garbage and recycling will remain on their normal schedule until further notice.

Monday, March 30, 2020, by 4:00pm, is the filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in the primary election for council positions. To file your petition in person to the Borough Clerk, please call 973-827-9280 x101 before 4pm to make an appointment. Borough Hall will be open from 8:30am-4:00pm, but you must call first and use the intercom at the back door of 46 Main Street.Thank you for your patience and understanding.  

Borough Hall will be staffed on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10-1 with no public entry. For question on court matters call 973-827-9280 x107

PRESS RELEASE – 2019-NOVEL CORONAVIRUS DAILY STATISTICS – COUNTY OF SUSSEX – MARCH 27, 2020.
PRESS RELEASE PART 2 – 2019-NOVEL CORONAVIRUS DAILY STATISTICS – COUNTY OF SUSSEX – MARCH 27, 2020. 

COVID-19 – FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

PRESS RELEASE – 2019-NOVEL CORONAVIRUS DAILY STATISTICS – COUNTY OF SUSSEX – MARCH 26, 2020.

NJ BUSINESS CONCERNS – COVID-19 Emergency

PRESS RELEASE – 2019-NOVEL CORONAVIRUS – COUNTY OF SUSSEX – MARCH 24, 2020

PRESS RELEASE – 2019-NOVEL CORONAVIRUS – COUNTY OF SUSSEX – March 23, 2020

Sussex COVID-19 Hotline – MARCH 23, 2020

PRESS RELEASE – 2019-NOVEL CORONAVIRUS – COUNTY OF SUSSEX – March 20, 2020

PRESS RELEASE – 2019 NOVEL CORONAVIRUS – COUNTY OF SUSSEX – March 19, 2020

PRESS RELEASE – 2019 NOVEL CORONAVIRUS – COUNTY OF SUSSEX – March 18, 2020

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. In addition, court sessions for March 23 & 25 have been cancelled and new dates have been sent in the mail.

Message from Mayor John Sowden

My Fellow Franklin Residents-please keep an eye on our Borough website (www.franklinborough.org), or on our Facebook page. We are continuing to follow CDC, State and County announcements and will share them with you. Remember, we are in the early stages of this pandemic. As you may know, as of today, China has no new cases, but the first was discovered 4 months ago.

We need to follow these steps:
1) social distancing
2) wash or sanitize hands often
3) only shop when you need to and for what you need. Leave products for others who may be in need
4) support local businesses when you can
5) Very important-keep an eye on your neighbors and relatives who are seniors and if they need your help please do it!

Your police, fire and ambulance personnel also need your help, consideration and patience during this difficult time. Don’t forget the staff at Borough Hall and the DPW are there for you too. Please reach us by phone, e-mail or Facebook if you need help. They are all working hard to keep you safe. Do your part, and if something doesn’t seem right, please speak up and let the appropriate authority know.

The Council and I have decided to have a brief council meeting this Tuesday, 3/24 at 7pm. We will limit the number of people in the room and will have one public session, but ask that you not attend unless you can’t wait for a future meeting. We are reachable by phone, email and social media as mentioned.

I want to again quote another President who wisely said, “It’s not what your country (town) can do for you, but what you can do for your country (town)!”

Pitch in and remember we will get through this together! Thank you. Mayor Sowden


COVID-19 Exposure Risk Categories and Information – INFO

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


  • NOTICE OF ANNUAL SPRING HYDRANT FLUSHING
    The Franklin D.P.W Water Department will begin a Hydrant Flushing Program beginning on Sunday, April 1, 2020 and will continue through to the end of the month. During this program water may become discolored for brief periods of time. Residents are advised to check their water before using or doing laundry. Hydrant Flushing will be done between the hours of 9:00 pm and 2:00 am in an attempt to minimize any inconvenience. If brown water is observed please open your outside tap and flush until the brown water is eliminated. Thank you in advance for your understanding and cooperation during this program.
  • 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: www.2020census.gov/jobs   For additional information visit our website at:www.2020census.gov
Forward Franklin
Building Community, Inspiring Health
www.facebook.com/forwardfranklinnj
Pagaent-Winners

Congratulations to our 2019 Miss Franklin and Royal Court!

Miss Franklin – Alexandria Colfax
Junior Miss Franklin – Rebecca Fedder
Little Miss Franklin – Addison Smith
Princess of Franklin – Salacia Fortuin
Prince of Franklin – Jackson Biamonte

Miss Franklin Alexandria Colfax will go on to represent Franklin Borough in
the Sussex County Queen of the Fair Pageant on Saturday August 3rd at the
2019 New Jersey State Fair/Sussex County Farm & Horse Show.

The Royal Court will represent Franklin Borough on Tuesday August 6th for
Children’s Day at the 2019 New Jersey State Fair/Sussex County Farm & Horse
Show.


  • PUBLIC NOTICE – 2018 Tax Sale – INFO
  • PUBLIC NOTICE – Garbage Bid – INFO
  • PUBLIC NOTICE – announcing EPA’s five year review of the Metaltec/Aerosystems Superfund site – INFO
  • Revised Main Street Redevelopment Plan – 12/10/2018 – INFO
  • New Jersey Board of Public Utilities Clean Energy Program – Information
  • “Path to Progress” – additional information – http://www.pathtoprogressnj.org.
  • 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.
  • 2019 SCMUA Schedule. Notice includes FREE recycling drop-off dates.
  • Mosquito Notice – DETAILS
  • Franklin Elementary School Budget 2017-2018
  • 2018 Water Quality Report (for the year 2017)
  • Foreclosure Fast Facts & Resource Sheet
  • Emergency Services Length of Service Awards Program – DETAILS