Almost 127 Acres in Franklin Township has been Preserved in Perpetuity Click Here for more information
Archaeological Dig on Your Property? Please Notify The Township
Archaeologists hired by PennDOT dug some test holes along Route 896 in late July. Many residents were notified by letter that PennDOT might be conducting work, and subsequently the archaeologists personally contacted some property owners to let them know they would be working in the right of way. This work was undertaken because federal law requires that historic structures and archaeological remains that might be affected by federally funded roadwork be identified, and that consideration be given to avoiding or reducing the impact of the roadwork on them. If work is scheduled at your property, please call the Township and let us know!
Archaeologists uncover slag and other remains, confirming the use of a building as a blacksmith's shop. Click Here for more information
Eastern Shore Natural Gas Company to Consider a Pipeline Upgrade
Residents around the Township have received a letter from the Eastern Shore Natural Gas Company (ESNG) regarding an expansion of their current system. In discussions with Eastern Shore, the Township was informed that Eastern’s pipeline, which cuts through Franklin Township (marked on the attached zoning map), is a smaller line than the lines in the rest of their local system and is creating a bottleneck.
ESNG needs to increase the size of their line but, due to the development in the area between Hess Mill Road and Walker Road, they are exploring the possibility of a using a different route. ESNG would like to avoid developed areas where possible. They are investigating whether ESNG can follow some road beds or cut through agricultural areas. ESNG will have representatives in the area looking at different possibilities and in some cases, doing an archeological investigation. ESNG will contact the Township as soon as they define a new route. They would then hold a public meeting here in the Township office to meet with the residents and discuss the change in the route. We will update residents when we find out additional information.
Click Here for a map of the existing pipeline route
Please Recycle Your Cardboard!
Recycling Cardboard is a responsible way to support our community, our future, and our planet. Most cardboard boxes are made from about 35 percent recycled fiber, but recycled content can be as high as 100 percent. Nearly three-fourths of all corrugated boxes produced in the U.S. are recycled. Cardboard is one of the easiest and most environmentally effective materials to recycle since the fibers in cardboard have already been processed. Recycled cardboard not only saves trees, but also large amounts of water (up to 99% less) and energy (up to 50% less). Manufacturing from recycled material also produces up to 90% less by-products such as chemical wastes. But please be sure to flatten your cardboard boxes before placing them in our recycling bins. Remove all items inside of the box. You can recycle newspaper packaging material, and reuse the polystyrene peanuts or blocks. This will allow for the next resident to put their recyclables in the bins. THANK YOU for your cooperation in this matter!
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Installation of Speed Tables Considered for Old School House Road
Franklin Township has decided to consider the placement of a series of speed tables as a solution to manage the excessive speed of traffic along the length of Old School House Road from 841. The Board welcomes public input and hopes that residents of Old Schoolhouse, Pheasant Hill Lane and others who use that road will come to the July 16th meeting and voice their opinions.
GREAT NEWS!! ALMOST 127 ACRES IN FRANKLIN TOWNSHIP HAS BEEN PRESERVED IN PERPETUITY
ON MAY 15, 2014, CHESTER COUNTY PURCHASED THE DEVELOPMENT RIGHTS TO THE PROPERTIES FORMERLY KNOWN AS THE ECHO HILL/McMASTER TRACT AND PLACED AN AGRICULTURAL EASEMENT ON THESE 3 PARCELS. THE APPROVED PLANS FOR THESE PARCELS INCLUDED 98,000 SQ FT OF COMMERCIAL SPACE, PLUS SINGLE FAMILY HOMES AND 113 TOWNHOMES.
THE AG EASEMENT ALLOWS FOR ONE HOMESTEAD ON EACH OF THE 3 PARCELS.
On February 19, 2013, the Township was served with a lawsuit request a
stay of the demolition of the barn located on the Township office
property. On March 11, 2013, the Franklin Township solicitor’s office
filed answer to the lawsuit.
On January 14, 2014, the Township filed a Petition to Dismiss the Complaint for Mootness.
On February 24, 2014, the Plaintiff filed a Motion to Discontinue the Lawsuit.
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