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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.

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

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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:

  March 18, 2015

Archived Updates

We welcome any comments and/or suggestions!

Wednesday, April 1st
Historical Commission Meeting
Start time: 7:00 PM
    Meeting Agenda

Wednesday, April 1st

HARB Meeting
Start time: At the conclusion of the Historical Commission Meeting
     Meeting Agenda

Thursday, April 2nd
Planning Commission Meeting
Start time: 7:00 PM
     Meeting Agenda

Wednesday, April 15th

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 20th

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."    

Lost Chow/Golden Retriever Mix in Landenberg Area
“Bear” is around 1 year old and has chip number 0A02264962;  PA license  PA S 1516741.   
He had two collars on when he left this past Friday 2/13/15 in the evening.  One is red and reflective and has his ID, phone number and chip number on it.  The other is the collar for the electric fence.
Please contact  Chuck Hamrick at cell is 302-277-0215 with any leads. 

Household Hazardous Waste Collection Event

Octorara High School
Saturday, April 25th
9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Click Here for more  information on other HHW Events in 2015

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.
Lyme Awareness Walk
at Crossan Park
Sunday, May 3rd
Registration: noon
Walk begins at 1 pm
Click here for more information
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.

2014 Local Tax Return
is Due April 15th

It’s that time of year again. Your 2014 local earned income tax return is due on April 15.  All Taxpayers with earned income in 2014 are required to file a local earned income tax return.  Please note that the forms changed this year.  If you live and work in Pennsylvania, you can e-file on our tax administrator’s secure website, which is available 24/7 at www.KeystoneCollects.com
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)