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March 18th, 2015
Board of Supervisors Meeting Video
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Franklin Township Winter Newsletter
 Inside this issue
• Our New Salt Shed
• Chariman's Message
• The Importance of Permits

Are you ready for Winter?
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to read the latest edition of the Township's electronic newsletter. 
Township Video News

PSATS has published the March 2014 installment of Township Video News, the  digital newsletter from PSATS. 
Visit the psats.org website for additional news items and video segments.
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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Route 896 Corridor Improvements Project Timeline

September 18, 2014 -
PennDOT has provided us with a preliminary set of construction plans and signing & pavement marking plans.  PennDOT will hold a meeting to discuss the project in more detail some time in October; date and time TBD.

August 4, 2014 - We found this document outlining proposed improvements to Route 896 on PennDot's website.  No specific timetable has been set for any of these proposed road modifications.  We will post any new developments to this proposal as they unfold.

April 8, 2013 - A meeting was held to kick off the ARLE Grant State Route 896 / 841 Traffic Signal Project.  Representatives from McCormick Taylor, PENNDOT and the Township  were in attendance and developed an action list of items to complete. Click Here for more information

May 22, 2012 - Original Scope of Work Document/Meeting Minutes and Recommended Highway Safety Improvement Map
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 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.

Pothole Update from John Lawrence
State Representative John Lawrence has been working directly with PennDOT District 6 officials who advised that an “Emergency Contract” has been signed effective last Friday to address several specific problem spots. This contract includes selective milling and pothole repair, as opposed to simply dropping paving mix into the pothole. Representative Lawrence has provided us with this update on pothole repairs in our Township and in the surrounding community. PennDOT plans to begin repair work immediately on Route 896 from the 796 intersection south past 841 to the Gypsy Hill Rd intersection including the village of New London, with milling work to be done at the “La Sicilia” curve near Den Road. In addition, PennDOT has advised that crews will be out every day this week (weather permitting) on the Route 1 Bypass patching potholes.
To report a pothole or road conditions that need attention, the best thing to do is to call PennDOT’s pothole hotline. The number is 1-800-FIX-ROAD, or 1-800-349-7623. You can also contact Rep. Lawrence's office at (610) 869-1602. Click Here for Representative John Lawrence's comprehensive update on roads in our area.
PECO Plans Equipment Inspections
PECO has notified the Township that they will be inspecting aerial power lines and electrical equipment from now through the end of May.  Click Here to read a copy of their letter.

The PSATS Youth Awards Program recognizes youth groups throughout the state that have made valuable contributions to their communities. Eligible youth groups include school clubs, Girl and Boy Scout troops, civic service youth organizations, church youth groups and 4-H clubs.  To be eligible, a project must involve youth in the planning and implementation.  Four winners will each receive a $500 cash award and a framed certificate at the next Chester County Association of Township Officials convention. Click Here for more details.
Tax Collection Changes
Chester County will now collect the Township real estate tax.  The bill is a mustard yellow colored bill.  They also collect the County Real Estate Tax.  That bill is a salmon-colored bill. Keystone will continue to collect the Township Earned Income Tax (EIT).  Please call the Township Office if you have any questions.
The Franklin Township Zoning Hearing Board has posted this Public Notice to consider the Appeal & Validity Challenge of Gourmet’s Delight Mushrooms, LP.
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.  

Chester County Pipeline Information Center

Once again Verizon appears to be directing 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 the delay is with Verizon, not the 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 Mr. Daniel Reavy, Verizon Municipal Representative, at 215-880-1139. 
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

CLICK HERE for Documents,
Videos, and Information

Latest Updates:
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 lengt of Old School House Road from 841. 
Click Here for more information
 Almost 127 Acres in Franklin Township has been Preserved in Perpetuity
Click Here for more information

Please Recycle Your Cardboard!
Recycling Cardboard is a responsible way to support our community, our future, and our planet.  Click Here for more information

Latest Official Franklin Township Update:

April 15th, 2015 

Archived Updates

We welcome any comments and/or suggestions!

Tuesday, April 28th
Zoning Hearing Board Meeting
Public hearing for Gourmet's Delight Mushroom Farm composting facility proposal
Where: Cornerstone Presbyterian Church
Start time: 7:00 PM

Wednesday, May 6th
Historical Commission Meeting
Start time: 7:00 PM

Wednesday, May 7th
HARB Meeting
Start time: At the conclusion of the Historical Commission Meeting

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

Wednesday, May 20th
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 April 15
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.

Missing: Male, Collie/Golden Retriever 14 years old.  Please call 610-255-0745

Saturday, May 2, noon-4pm at Carpenter Recreation Area, White Clay Creek State Park
The event is free, but White Clay Creek State Park Fees are in effect. $4 In State, $8 Out of State per vehicle.
Click Here for more information
Lyme Awareness Walk
at Crossan Park
Sunday, May 3rd
Registration: noon
Walk begins at 1 pm
Click here for more information
Got Pluck? The Chester County Association of Township Officials
will host an open session to review the rules and ramifications of raising chickens.  Coffee and light refreshments!
When: May 14, 2015  8 - 10 a.m.
Where: West Goshen Twp Bldg
1025 Paoli Pike
West Chester, PA  19380
Click Here for more information

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.

Operation Otis
Since the $1,000 reward was not needed for the return of Otis the cat (he apparently brought "his own self" back home), it's been reported that Oxford Feed & Lumber is instead going to use the reward $$towards some "capture, neuter and release" of the stray cat population in Oxford.
A front page article (above the fold) in the 3/19/15 Avon Grove Sun indicates that two local vets, Keystone Animal Hospital and Stoneback Veterinary Associates, are doing the procedures at minimal cost.
Anyone interested in contributing to make the program larger than the $1,000 will support, please contact the store  ---  regarding "Operation Otis."    
Changes to Real Estate Tax Exemption Appeals Laws May Affect You
The filing window for real estate tax exemption requests has changed.
Click Here for more details
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. 
Click Here for a summary report of the 2013 actions and activities of AGREM (Avon Grove Regional Emergency Management Corporation)