One of the 6 N.J. towns named Franklin is going to stay that way. Here’s why
Tradition has triumphed over clearing up confusion in one of the 6 N.J. municipalities with Franklin in their name.
The proposed renaming of Franklin Township, in Hunterdon County, to Franklin Hills drew little support in a month-long, online survey and the mayor says no further discussions are planned.
Only 74 residents who responded to the non-binding survey hosted by PlanetCivic said they would support a new name, while 131 were opposed, Mayor Craig Repmann said Monday.
The 205 responses represented only a small fraction of the township’s 3,000 residents.
There are four Franklin Townships in N.J, including municipalities in Somerset, Warren and Gloucester counties. Moreover, there is a Franklin Borough in Sussex County and a Franklin Lakes in Bergen County.
Repmann, via an email on Monday, said he did not take a position on the proposal. It originated from a presentation at a Franklin Township Committee meeting in December 2016.
Dozens of N.J.’s 565 municipalities share the same name. There are five Washington Townships — a sixth was in Mercer County until a decade ago when voters approved a new change to Robbinsville.
PlanetCivic, which conducted the Franklin Township survey, is a 2-year-old company whose selling point is that relatively few attend municipal meetings and additional outreach is needed to form conclusions.
It was awarded a one-year, $499 contract in November 2017 by the Township Committee, with an expectation of gauging public interest on a wide range of topics.
The proposed name change raised nearly a year earlier was the first question asked, which Repmann previously said caught him by surprise.
Participation in the survey was limited to Franklin Township residents and business owners.
Repmann said no decision has been made on whether to pursue additional survey questions.
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