Franklin Township FAQ

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  • Cable TV

    • I'm paying much more for cable than I really want to. Are there ways I can reduce my cable bill?

    • Are there any Cable TV discounts available for low-income or senior citizens?

    • Shouldn't I contact the Franklin Township Cable TV Advisory Committee when I have problems?

    • What are the current companies providing cable TV Services to Franklin Township?

    • What are the terms of the New Jersey State system-wide cable television franchise agreement with Verizon?

    • What benefits did Franklin Township receive from the Comcast Franchise renewal?

    • What can the Township do to address resident complaints concerning poor audio quality on the Education and Government Access Channels?

    • What can the Township do to address resident complaints regarding pricing and service offerings?

    • What can the Township do to address resident complaints regarding your Cable Television provider’s customer service?

    • What can the Township do to address residents request for more channels?

    • What can the Township do to address the lack of competition in cable television providers?

    • What if the problem is not resolved after contacting my Cable provider?

    • What is the difference between Comcast Cable and Verizon FIOS?

    • What is the role of the Cable Television Advisory Committee?

    • When will FIOS be available throughout Franklin Township?

    • Whom should I contact if I have problems with my cable TV, IP based phone service, or cable modem based Internet service?

    • Why is Comcast the Franklin Township cable service provider?

  • Construction

    • How long does it take for a construction permit to be approved?

    • How much will my construction permit cost?

    • How will I know when my construction permit is ready?

    • I’m buying a home or business. Is there anything needed from the Building Department?

    • Must I use a contractor for work done at my house?

    • What are the requirements for a Certificate of Occupancy?

    • What happens if I get caught working without a construction permit?

    • What inspections do I need for my construction project?

    • What method of payment can I use when picking up my construction permit?

    • When do I need a construction permit?

    • When I schedule a construction inspection can I get an appointment time?

  • Firearms Applications

    • Do I have to be a United States citizen to apply for a New Jersey Firearms Purchaser Identification Card and/or Permit to Purchase a Handgun?

    • How do I apply for a New Jersey Firearms Purchaser Identification Card and/or a Permit to Purchase a Handgun?

    • I am a private detective and would like to carry a handgun. What is the process?

    • I am a retired law enforcement officer and am interested in applying for a Retired Law Enforcement Permit to Carry a Handgun? How do I apply?

    • I am seeking employment with a non law enforcement agency or employer that requires me to obtain a New Jersey Firearms Carry Permit for work. How do I apply for a New Jersey Firearms Carry Permit?

    • I have a New Jersey Firearms Purchaser Identification Card issued by another jurisdiction other than Franklin Township (Somerset County). Am I required to get fingerprinted?

    • I recently received my New Jersey Firearms Purchaser Identification Card and would like to purchase a handgun from friend and/or acquaintance. Do I need a Permit to Purchase a Handgun?

    • My Permit to Purchase a Handgun is about to expire. Can it be renewed?

    • My relative is deceased and I have inherited his firearms. Am I required to obtain a New Jersey Firearms Purchaser Identification Card and/or a Permit to Purchase a Handgun to take possession of them?

    • Once I submit my application for a New Jersey Firearms Purchaser Identification Card and/or Permit to Purchase a Handgun, how long will the process take?

    • What is the cost for a New Jersey Firearms Purchaser Identification Card and/or a Permit to Purchase a Handgun?

    • What is the fingerprint fee required for a New Jersey Firearms Purchaser Identification Card and/or a Permit to Purchase a Handgun?

  • Historic Preservation Commission

    • How does a property receive historic designation?

    • How does historic designation affect a property?

    • Must the applicant attend the review hearing for the approval process from the Historic Preservation Advisory Commission?

    • What happens to the application after a review hearing from the Historic Preservation Advisory Commission?

    • What is historic designation?

    • What is Section 106 review for a historic structure?

    • What is the Franklin Township Historic Preservation Advisory Commission?

    • When does a property owner need approval from the Historic Preservation Advisory Commission?

    • Where can I find more information on the Commission and local historic districts?

  • Municipal Ethics

    • Does Franklin Township have a local municipal ethics board?

    • How are ethics hearings conducted by the Local Finance Board?

    • How do I file an ethics complaint?

    • How long are written materials involving a complaint required to be preserved?

    • What are the penalties for violating the Local Ethics Law?

    • What are the responsibilities of the Local Finance Board for the implementation of the Local Government Ethics Law?

    • What can I expect after an ethics complaint is filed?

    • What constitutes a violation of the Local Government Ethics Law?

    • What is an advisory opinion and who may request an advisory opinion from the Local Finance Board?

    • What is the jurisdiction of the Local Finance Board?

    • What should be included in my written ethics complaint?

    • Who is subject to the Local Government Ethics Law?

    • Who may file an ethics complaint?

  • Police

    • I have been involved in a motor vehicle crash in Franklin Township. What should I do?

  • Pothole

    • How do I know if what I am reporting can be repaired as a pothole or not?

    • Is every dip, crack or break in the street considered a pothole?

    • The Township says it fills potholes promptly, but the pothole is still there. What’s going on?

    • What causes a pothole?

    • What is the solution to potholes?

    • Where do we report when there is a pothole?

    • Which potholes get fixed first?

    • Why are there so many potholes in our streets?

    • You filled a pothole, but a few days later, there it was again. Why don’t your repairs last longer?

  • Recreation

    • How do I get a park permit?

    • How do I schedule an event in Colonial Park?

    • How does Recreation program registration and the lottery system work?

    • How much is a park permit?

    • I am currently having financial hardship. How can I/my children still be involved in Township activities?

    • I am not a resident of Franklin. Can I rent out the park?

    • I am on a waiting list for a Recreation program. How does the waiting list work?

    • I registered for a Recreation activiity and my check was cashed but I haven’t received a call. What do I do?

    • When is a special event permit needed?

    • Where can I take the Coach’s S.A.F.E.T.Y. Clinic?

    • Where do I call about Independent Sports Organizations?

  • Senior Services

    • Are there any Cable TV discounts available for low-income or senior citizens?

    • HOW DO I BECOME A MEMBER OF A SENIOR CITIZENS CLUB?

    • I AM NOT INTERESTED IN JOINING A SENIOR CITIZENS CLUB, SO WHAT OTHER ACTIVITIES CAN I PARTICIPATE IN AT THE CENTER?

    • I NO LONGER DRIVE SO HOW CAN I GET TO THE SENIOR CENTER?

    • IS THERE LUNCH SERVED AT THE CENTER?

  • Shade Tree Commission

    • Who is responsible to replace a dead/dying tree in my development?

  • Stormwater Management

    • How do I obtain a stormwater management permit?

    • How much is the stormwater management permit fee?

    • Is the stormwater maintenance permit issued one time?

    • What are the penalties/repercussions for non-compliance?

    • What is a stormwater maintenance permit?

    • What is a stormwater maintenance plan?

    • What is a stormwater management plan?

    • What is required by the program and the Township?

    • What is the Stormwater Maintenance Program?

    • What mandates the Stormwater Maintenance Program?

    • When is the maintenance performed?

    • Who can I contact for further information and details about stormwater management?

    • Who can perform the maintenance?

    • Who enforces the program?

  • Voting and Elections

    • Are the Somerset County voting machines suitable for handicapped individuals?

    • As a poll worker, what time do I have to report for work on Election Day?

    • As a poll worker, will I get a lunch and/or dinner break?

    • Can a voter application be mailed to my residence?

    • Can I register my child to vote who is attending college?

    • Do I have to be trained to be a poll worker?

    • Do I need to bring ID with me to register to vote?

    • How are recorded votes stored?

    • How are the voting machines tested?

    • How can I find my polling location?

    • How can I register to vote?

    • How do I become a poll worker?

    • How do I change or declare a political party affiliation?

    • How long are the polls open for voting on Election Day?

    • If I do not include the appropriate ID with my mailed in voter registration, will I still be able to vote?

    • In the event of a power outage can the voting machines still operate?

    • What do I do if I’ve been assigned to work a poll but something comes up last minute that prohibits me from working?

    • What type of voting machine is used in Somerset County?

    • When voting, can I write in a candidate not shown on the ballot?

    • When voting, how can I confirm the selection I made on the voting machine?

  • Water Utility

    • I have a question about my drinking water, who should I call?

    • My water bill shows an unusual high usage, what should I do?

    • What do I do when I receive a door tag from the Water Utility?

    • What is a curb stops? How should I protect them?

    • What should I do when a Boiling Water Advisory is issued?

    • What should I do when Franklin Township Water Utility staff requests to enter my residence?

    • What should I do when I receive a door tag from Franklin Township Water Utility?

    • What should I do when the Boiling Water Advisory is removed?

    • Where does my drinking water come from? What is the source of my drinking water?

    • Who owns the water meter?

    • Who should I call when I have a water emergency outside of your office hour?

    • Why did I receive a notice from Franklin Township Water Department indicating the replacement of my water meter?

    • Why do I smell sewage in my drinking water?