Franklin mourns former mayor

Franklin. Borough Council honors former Mayor William Hodas, who died on May 28.


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Many kind words were expressed about former Mayor William Hodas Tuesday night at the Franklin Borough council meeting.

Hodas, a lifelong borough resident, was born July 9, 1926, and died on May 28.

Mayor Nick Giordano rearranged the agenda so he could kick off the meeting by reading a Proclamation recognizing Hodas. Giordano read aloud examples of Hodas’ dedication to service, which included volunteering in the Navy during World War II as part of the Hospital Corps, was a Borough council member from 1962-1967, then mayor from 1968-1980 and then again from 1984-1988, appointed as a member of the Franklin Borough Board of Health and also on the Economic Development Committee, and has the distinction of being the longest serving Commissioner of the Delaware River Joint Toll Bridge Commission, serving from 1979-1982 and then again from 2003-14.

Hodas also served as the chairman to the Sussex County Democratic Committee from 1976–80 and then Franklin Borough Municipal Democratic Chairman from 1976 until his death.

Borough Administrator Alison Littell McHose expressed gratitude toward Hodas then hugged and presented the proclamation document to Gail Hodas, his wife of 35 years.

Resident Dick Durina said during public session,

“Even though Hodas was a Democrat, he knew how to work with both democrats and republicans,” resident Dick Durina said.

Attendees both chuckled and nodded with agreement to this statement.

A discussion about the Main Street Redevelopment Plan ensued, particularly around the lower portion of the zinc mine property and allowing both residential and industrial sites to be built.

Currently only residential construction would be permitted.

Both council members Joseph Limon and Stephan Zydon Jr. expressed desire to create action or movement on the topic. Ultimately the conversation ended with a recommendation by Attorney John Ursin to formerly put something on the agenda so a change can be made to the ordinance. Council members believed opening this area up to industrial sites would create tax revenue and would be the start to the redevelopment of the entire Main Street area.

The Pond is still on track to open on Franklin Day, June 22, and the Franklin Carnival dates are September 27 and 28. Residents can expect a fireworks display during both events, with County Rd 631 being temporarily closed during them.

Public hearings will be held at the next meeting, June 25, regarding 4 newly introduced ordinances. Three ordinances pertain to various improvements and equipment procurement. One ordinance is about amending Chapter 86, Animals, specifically regarding the number of domestic animals permitted and clarifying structural conditions needed for them.



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