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The History of

Franklin Township
The following collection of documents and photos depicting Franklin Township's rich history has been made possible by the Historical Commission.
 
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Did you know that Chester County has a web-based WebCad where ongoing incidents such as fire, EMS and traffic incidents in the 9-1-1 Centers Computer Aided Dispatch (CAD) system can be accessed by your citizens?
Road closures also can be listed. The WebCAD is maintained by the County and updated every 60 seconds!
 
Chester County now supports Smart911. Smart911 is a free service that allows individuals and families to create a safety profile online which provides key information to Chester County’s 9-1-1 Center. Chester County is the first county in Southeastern PA to provide this service. Completely secure and private, residents control what information they want 9-1-1 and first responders to have in an emergency situation. The safety profile enables faster and more effective emergency response by law enforcement, fire and emergency medical services.

PennDOT has modernized its online
Customer Care Center to make it easier to report concerns on state-maintained roadways. Click Here for more information


Township Resident's
Hazardous Trees

At the September 21 Board of Supervisors meeting, the Township passed Ordinance 2016-08, addressing trees in the Township’s rights-of-way.  Passing this Ordinance allows the Township to bill a resident who does not take down a tree or remove branches that are posing a danger to the public within 21 days after being notified by the Township that this work should be done.  When a hazardous situation is noted, the Township will notify a resident that branches and/or tree needs to be removed. If the work hasn’t been performed in the noted time frame, the Township will do the work and then bill the resident.  If not paid within 60 days, the Township has the ability to place a lien on the property.  It should be noted that although the Township has a right to enter rights-of-ways, the trees belong to the property owners as stated in the Second Class Township Code.
 

HAVE A COMPLAINT?
Please fill out this Complaint Form and email or mail it to the Township Office.  Forms can also be picked up in person at the township office. Fill out the form completely. All information will be held in strict confidence.
 
 
PSATS RESOURCES
 
 Townships Today
A quarterly newsletter for Townships & Residents
 
SUMMER ISSUE

Firefighter Crisis:
Townships Urge Governor,
Lawmakers to Take Action

 
 Township Video News
Pennsylvania is in the midst of a public-safety crisis that's affecting many townships: The number of volunteer firefighters is shrinking at an alarming rate - down from 300,000 in the 1970s to around 50,000 today.

Can we avert a problem that's not only jeopardizing lives but also local budgets?
To find out, watch the Township Video News Special Report, featuring a one-on-one interview with Rep. Frank Farry, a Bucks County fire chief who understands the challenges confronting fire companies and municipalites and is using the knowledge to take action.
After watching, please contact your lawmakers and urge them to support the reboot of Senate Resolution 60 and its menu of options to help local fire companies recruit and retain volunteers. 

Pennsylvania recently became the 24th state to legalize medical marijuana.

Senator Mike Folmer discusses the legalization of medical marijuana in Pennsylvania and the challenges that this new industry presents for townships.
 
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Please Report Roadkill
If you encounter a dead animal on one of our Township's roadways please Call or text Tom Marsh directly @ 484-571-2092 as he removes dead deer from Township roads for the PA Game Commission.  Thank you!
Please Report Downed Trees to the Township office at 610-255-5212 or via email.

  
London Britain Twp has installed new ALL WAY (4 Way) Stop Signs at the intersection of Good Hope Road and Flint Hill Road. Please use caution when approaching this historically dangerous intersection until everyone gets used to the new stop signs.
  
Scotts Glen Road Work Update

October 10th – The Township will be performing base repair. While this work is taking place, drivers will be inconvenienced and delayed.  Proceed only at the direction of the flagger.
Week of October 15th – The Township will be paving the entire length of the road. While this work is taking place, there will be long periods of time when residents will not be able to enter or exit Scotts Glen Road. Drivers should avoid this area during the paving process.

This work schedule is weather permitting. Please check back for updates. Thank you for your patience as we continue to improve the Township roads.

The Recycling Bins will return to the Office Site on October 30


The Restrooms at Crossan Park will be closed for the season effective October 31
RESIDENTIAL RECYCLING CRISIS
For over 20 years, residents of Franklin Township have been separating recyclables from their trash for pickup by local waste haulers. But now this model is broken, and the responsibility to fix it rests upon each resident. The problem? Contaminated recyclables. Mixing household trash and unclean recyclables into the recycling container impacts everything else in the container. Items that could have been recycled are no longer usable due to the contamination of the overall container. Currently, as much as half of the recyclables collected in our community are contaminated. When waste haulers cannot find a buyer for contaminated recyclables, it goes into the landfill with the rest of your trash. This loss of income and additional landfill expense causes waste haulers to increase their residential bills. So, for all the right reasons, both environmental and economic, be sure your recyclables are EMPTY, CLEAN, and DRY before placing them in your recycling container. Click Here for a PDF of what can and cannot be recycled. For more specific information on what your hauler recycles, visit their website or give them a call.
 
The FSA Erases Vandalism at Crossan Park
The Franklin Sportsmen's Association performs volunteer service projects throughout the year, saving the Township thousands of dollars. This week, their service project was to repair the damage done by vandals to the lower pavilion in Crossan Park. The lower pavilion is a popular spot for families and our local Scout Troops, and the FSA was quick to get the project completed and looking better than ever. Thank you for your stewardship, FSA!
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PENDING ROADWORK NOTIFICATION

Please be aware that PennDOT will be performing a "Tar and Chip" maintenance application on this section of Strickersville Road that passes through Franklin Township. PennDOT has not announced a start date yet, but when they do, we will update this posting.
 


2018 West Nile Virus Season in Pennsylvania
This is proving to be a difficult year for mosquitos all throughout the County. Estimates expect the mosquito population to exceed that of 2012, the worst year in recent history.
• WNV-positive mosquito pool counts are at an all-time high this season
• Health care providers should have a heightened clinical suspicion for West Nile infection in persons with clinically compatible symptoms
 
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Congratulations to Jacob Shuster
Eagle Scout Candidate with Troop #62
Jacob completed his Eagle Scout project at the Franklin Preserve, installing eight bat houses with the help of his fellow scouts. When searching for a meaningful Eagle Scout project, Jacob learned that bats should be appreciated for their ecological contributions as pollinators, seed dispersers, and insect predators. They’re also fascinating animals to watch. Sadly, though, bats are suffering from habitat loss and other hazards. Jacob’s project has the capacity to house over One Thousand bats! The Township salutes Jacob and his team for completing this worthwhile project for the betterment of the community's ecology.
 
Opioid Epidemic Awareness
During this month's Board of Supervisors meeting, noted Township resident Robert Weidenmuller gave an eye-opening and informative presentation concerning the current Opioid Crisis affecting all segments of our society. Robert also provided access to resources that everyone in our Township should be aware of in our area.
  

The Chester County Pipeline Information Center website provides a wide range of information on proposed pipeline projects and operators, regulatory agencies, the regulatory process, pipeline maps, and other pipeline resources.  The interactive pipeline map allows anyone in the county to enter their address and determine their proximity to existing pipelines. 
Resources are also provided to aid in the location of pipelines easements and deed information. As noted on the webpage, this information is not a substitute for legal advice and any financial or legal decisions should only be made after consulting with an experienced professional adviser.  Click Here for the landowners’ resources page.




This is the only mobile app of its kind for searching Municipal Codes. When you search for the Township of Franklin you will be presented with a Table of Contents for Codes that apply to our Township.
Click Here from your tablet or mobile device
to use the 360 eCode App

CATCH THE RAIN
In Pennsylvania and across the nation, municipalities strive to manage stormwater to reduce the impacts that urbanization has on our natural resources. Here in our area, stormwater washing off land is the largest source of pollution to the White Clay Creek. Unless it is properly managed, almost all of the rain falling on roofs, driveways, roads, parking lots, mowed lawns, and patios ends up as stormwater runoff. Projects to reduce stormwater runoff can be too costly for homeowners. Well, now, the White Clay Creek, National Wild & Scenic River Program and the Brandywine Conservancy have a new program called “Catch The Rain”, where residential properties are eligible to receive a lifetime total of $2,500 per property in rebates if they perform certain projects like adding rain barrels, rain gardens, tree canopies and conservation landscape plantings. Your property must be located in the White Clay Watershed to be eligible for the program and once you have entered the website, you can enter your address to see if you qualify. Click Here for more details. 
 
 
DUMPING TRASH AT THE RECYCLING AREA IS CLASSIFIED AS ILLEGAL DUMPING AND VIOLATORS WILL BE REPORTED TO THE PA STATE POLICE

DID YOU KNOW That the Township receives a Recycling Award of several thousand dollars (thanks to our recycling coordinator Jack Nystrom!)  every year because of the recyclable materias collected at the Township’s recycling center? New London Township no longer has recycling containers for their residents because people dumped their trash in and around their recycling containers. If our Township loses our recycling center, not only will people lose out on the convenience of this center, the Township will have to SPEND TAXPAYER DOLLARS on the services we now get for free AND we would lose our recycling grant award.  Nobody wants that. RECYCLE ONLY PRODUCTS THAT ARE RECYCLABLE AT THE RECYCLING CENTER.  THE INFORMATION IS CLEARLY MARKED ON THE ACTUAL RECYCLING DUMPSTERS AND IS ALSO AVAILABLE BY CLICKING HERE.

VERIZON FiOS TV STILL NOT AVAILABLE IN FRANKLIN TOWNSHIP
Verizon continues to direct residents to call the Township to complain about holding up a contract for FiOS TV services. THIS IS NOT TRUE. Since early 2013 the Township has been waiting for Verizon to present us with a franchise agreement. Verizon's management acknowledges that Verizon most likely will not provide FIOS TV to Franklin Township. If you speak to a Verizon sales representative who blames the holdup on the Township, please get the name of the representative and contact Ms. Janet Miller, Manager for Franchise Video Services for the state of Pennsylvania by email to Janet.miller@verizon.com or call her at 
(717)562-5052. The Municipal Representative, Mr. Douglas R. Smith, (610-429-8003/ douglas.r.smith@one.verizon.com) does not return calls or emails. Neither will his supervisor, Anthony A. Lewis at 202-515-2488 or email at Anthony.a.lewis@one.verizon.com. Click Here for more information.


Latest Official Franklin Township Update:
  
September 26, 2018
  

Archived Updates

  
We welcome any comments and/or suggestions!

Wednesday, October 17th
Board of Supervisors Meeting
Start Time: 7:00 PM

Thursday, November 1st
Planning Commission Meeting
Start Time: 7:00 PM

Wednesday, November 7th
The Historical Commission Meeting
Start Time: 7:00 PM

Wednesday, November 7th
HARB Meeting
Start Time: at the conclusion of the Historical Commission meeting

Wednesday, November 21st
Board of Supervisors Meeting
     Start Time: 7:00 PM


If you are a person with a disability and wish to attend any of these public meetings, please do not hesitate to contact the Township at 610-255-5212 to make arrangements.
 
 
Community News
New Postings on the
Bulletin Board
as of September 7th
 

PA STATE POLICE
COMMUNITY AWARENESS BULLETINS
Community Awareness Bulletins are produced by The Pennsylvania State Police Criminal Intelligence Center (PaCIC) as a means to inform the general public of developing crime trends and potential safety issues that impact our communities. Please consider visiting their public website at www.psp.pa.gov
 


  
NEW MEDICARE CARDS COMING
Beginning in April, Medicare will begin to mail new cards to all people with Medicare. The new cards will have a new, unique ID number on them for better protection of your identity. Your SSN will no longer appear on your Medicare Card. Click Here for More information. 


 

The Chester County Solid Waste Authority is sponsoring a compost bin and supplies sale. Click Here for a link to the Sale!
   
           
ReadyChesGo:
Chester County's Emergency Service Alert System

Chester County has upgraded its subscriber emergency notification system, called ReadyChesCo.
Click Here to learn how to sign up!
 

The Pennsylvania Land Trust Association has published a Guide to Nature Play. You can view or download the beautifully illustrated edition.  Or click here for more information.

Donate a Car to Charity
Wheels For Wishes is a car donation program benefiting Make-A-Wish® Philadelphia and Susquehanna Valley. We are proud to offer an easy way to recycle or donate unwanted cars, trucks, motorcycles, SUVs, RVs, or even boats, by turning them into a wish for a local child. 
The Avon Grove Regional Emergency Management (AGREM) Radio system is live. Tune to AM 1670 or Click Here for 24/7 Emergency and Community Information.