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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.

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.
 Townships Today
A quarterly newsletter for Townships & Residents

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.
Recent News

Requests to view public records must be made by written application on this Request for Information Form.
For additional information on Open Records, Click Here.

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.

Church Hill Road from Emerson Drive to Hilltop Road - Weather Permitting
Church Hill Road from Emerson Drive to Hilltop Road will be closed to thru traffic on Tuesday, February 18 from 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM, so the Township may perform roadside ditching and hardening along the edge of the road. Please see the attached map. If this work is canceled due to weather, it will be rescheduled for the next weather suitable day. School buses, post office vehicles and the resident at 616 Church Hill Road will be the only vehicles permitted through this section of road while the work is taking place, but only at the direction of the flaggers. Expect delays while the workers adjust their equipment to make it safe for you to proceed. We appreciate your patience while this work is being done. Please check the website for updates.
Petition to Allow the Sale of
Alcohol in Franklin Township 
Gathering signatures is the first step towards including a referendum question to be added to the May primary ballot. Click Here for more information.

USPS Mailbox
Placement Guidelines
Winter is upon us, and the snow plows are out. One of the unfortunate side effects of plowing is damage to mailboxes. If a mailbox is set too close to the road's edge it has a good chance of getting hit by a snowplow or by the snow and slush thrown by the snowplow's blade. We advise all residents to follow the United States Postal Service guidelines for mailbox placement. If you follow these guidelines, your mailbox’s chances of surviving the winter will be greater.

Winter weather and below-freezing temperatures remind homeowners that they should take steps now to prevent their water pipes from freezing. To help prevent broken pipes, indoor flooding and damage to homes, Click Here for more information

Presented for your review is the final budget for 2019 in both EXCEL and PDF formats. 
PennDOT Roads in the Township
Many of the heavily traveled roadways that run through Franklin Township are maintained and governed by PennDOT, and not the responsibility nor within the jurisdiction of the Township. Listed below are the PennDOT roads located in the Township. If there is a problem with any of these roads, call PennDOT directly at their 24 Hour Chester County Maintenance facility:  (484) 340-3201
Franklin Township does not pave, repair, salt, plow, or set the speed limit for any of these roads. After you call PennDOT, if you would like to notify the Township of your concerns or issues, please call or email us.
But always make PennDOT your first call regarding:
Appleton Road
Clay Creek Road
Chesterville Road
Good Hope Road
New London Road (Route 896)
North Bank Road
North Creek Road
Pennock Bridge Road
Strickersville Road
Wickerton Road (Route 841)
This program assists citizens in the "golden hour" of emergency care following a traffic crash when they may not be able to communicate their needs themselves. To participate, citizens complete an online form, and PennDOT will mail them a Yellow Dot kit. Placing a Yellow Dot decal in your vehicle's rear window alerts first responders to check your glove compartment for vital information to ensure you receive the medical attention you need. The Yellow Dot program is a cooperative effort between PennDOT, the state departments of Health and Aging, the Pennsylvania State Police, the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission, first responders, and local law enforcement.


The Recycling Bins are back at Office Site!

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.

The Restrooms at Crossan Park have been winterized and  closed for the season.
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!
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.

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

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:
January 16, 2019
Archived Updates

We welcome any comments and/or suggestions!


Wednesday, February 20
Board of Supervisors Meeting
Start Time: 7:00 PM

Tuesday, March 5
Historical Commission & HARB Meeting
Start Time: 7:00 PM

Thursday, March 7
Planning Commission Meeting
Start Time: 7:00 PM

Wednesday, March 20
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 January 31

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

    Chester County's Department of Aging Services APPRISE Program provides confidential, unbiased and FREE Medicare and Medicare/Medicaid counseling.
Please see the attached "Mysteries of Medicare" Newsletter which is the first in a monthly series of Medicare information for Chester County residents.
3 Thursdays - March 7, 14, & 21
Click Here for more information
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 Avon Grove Regional Emergency Management (AGREM) Radio system is live. Tune to AM 1670 or Click Here for 24/7 Emergency and Community Information.