FRANKLIN – The online chatter among local Franklin Borough residents, and supporters beyond the municipality, has been whether or not the upcoming council meeting on Tuesday, July 8 will be held in a larger venue, due to the interest in attending from members of the public, and law enforcement from around the state and beyond. A representative of the borough has stated there will be no switch in venue.
The individuals interested in attending are coming to support local law enforcement from the Franklin Borough Police Department and FOP (Fraternal Order of Police) 57, after Franklin Borough Councilman David Fanale posted a picture of a Calvin cartoon extending a middle finger and urinating on the fallen officers’ emblem, as his Facebook profile picture. Many local residents would like to see Fanale step down, or be recalled from his councilman seat.
Residents have told NJ Inside Scene they have been approaching borough officials for a change of venue, to comfortably accommodate all interested attendees in one location.
NJ Inside Scene spoke to Jim Kilduff, Franklin Borough Administrator, about their concerns. Kilduff said he was unaware of the potentially large amount of individuals interested in attending.
“We have other scheduled business to attend to,” Kilduff explained, noting other items of business to tackle were on the agenda. “This is a regularly scheduled meeting.”
Kilduff added, “We open the meetings to the public, and we must abide by the fire marshal.”
When asked, however, if everyone in attendance will have the opportunity to speak, Kilduff noted if it is a larger group, they could wait their turn to speak. Kilduff said if the group of attendees exceeds the room’s capacity, members of the public could wait outside until those who have already spoken have cleared the room.
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