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Gourmet's Delight -
Zoning Hearing Board

The Gourmet’s Delight plan before the Zoning Hearing Board has been withdrawn
 and the January ZHB meeting is cancelled.
 

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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FREE WOOD CHIPS!
Notice to Township Residents: Periodically, the Township grinds up trees and branches from the roadways. We would be pleased to deliver a load of wood chips to interested residents free of charge. Just call the Township office, give us a number where you can be reached, and we will call you when the chips are available. We would deliver the chips the day we chip them. You do not have to be home to receive the load; the contractor will dump them on your driveway so that the truck won’t leave any ruts on your grass.

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: "Help Take A Bite Out Of Lyme"
 
 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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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 do one of the following:  Call the Township Office and we will call it in, OR If it is a PennDOT Road – Call PennDOT’s Chester County Maintenance Department at 484-340-3201.  If it is on a Township-maintained roadway report it to the Fish and Game Commission at 610-926-1966.  Thank you!
Please Report Downed Trees to the Township office at 610-255-5212 or via email.
South Guernsey Road will be Closed (weather permitting) Tuesday, March 28 thru Tuesday, April 4, 2017 from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. NO THRU TRAFFIC will be allowed.
The road will re-open daily at 4 p.m. and will remain open on the weekend. The road is being closed for road widening between 708 S. Guernsey and 741 S. Guernsey. Due to the narrowness of this road, we can allow local traffic and the post office, but we cannot allow larger trucks and/or school buses through. All traffic will be able to get through if they are traveling between 4 p.m. and 9 a.m. We thank you for your patience as we continue to improve the township roads. If you have any questions or concerns, please give the Township a call at 610-255-5212.
 
MARK YOUR CALENDARS FOR THE
GREAT AMERICAN CLEANUP
OF FRANKLIN TOWNSHIP

SATURDAY, APRIL 22, 2017 FROM 8 A.M. – NOON (Raindate is April 23rd). MEET AT THE TOWNSHIP OFFICE TO GET YOUR SUPPLIES OR PICK THEM UP EARLIER IN THE WEEK. STAY TUNED 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.

  

Chester County Pipeline Information Center

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.

 
 
OPEN
TOWNSHIP POSITIONS - VOLUNTEERS NEEDED

 
Franklin Township is actively seeking volunteers for the following Commissions and Boards.
 
Historical Commission (HC) Member: One opening
 
Historical Architectural Review Board (HARB) Member: One opening
 
UCC Appeals Board: One opening

 
Please click on each link for a detailed description of the position, and call (610) 255-5212 or email (info@franklintownship.us) the Township Office if you have any questions or would like to volunteer.  All positions except for the HARB Real Estate Broker require that volunteers be residents or property owners in the Township.
 

Latest Official Franklin Township Update:
  
March 15, 2017
  

Archived Updates

  
We welcome any comments and/or suggestions!

Wednesday, April 5th
Historical Commission Meeting
Start time: 7:00 PM


Wednesday, April 5th
HARB Meeting
Start time: At the conclusion of the Historical Commission Meeting


Thursday, April 6th
Planning Commission Meeting
Start time: 7:00 PM


Wednesday, April 19th

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 March 27th
 
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
 

Free Certified Master Composting Classes
Starting in March, the Chester County Recycling Coordinator will teach backyard composting to county residents and provide materials and support. Click Here for more information



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PRESENTS
 

May 11th OAHA Bus Trip to the Historic District in and around Independence Hall in Philadelphia.

     

 
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.