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July 16th, 2014
BOS Meeting Video
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Franklin Township Winter Newsletter
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FALL NEWSLETTER

Click Here to read the latest edition of the Township's electronic newsletter.  In this issue: Identity Theft
 
Please review this presentation that describes the future of cell towers in municipalities:
 
New 511PA Mobile App Puts Traveler Information in Drivers’ Hands
Travelers in Pennsylvania can now get better traffic information before and during a trip with PennDOT’s new, free 511PA mobile app.
Click Here for more information
 
Route 896 Corridor Improvements Project Timeline

Augst 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

PSATS
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.
2014 Budget
The Board of Supervisors have approved the 2014 Budget, which can be found on the Township Financials page. 
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Walnut Twig Beetle
Identified in our Area
Click Here for more information
 
PECO to Upgrade Meters
Peco is upgrading meters to provide better service.  Click Here to read their letter
 
Weight Limit Reduced for Chesterville Road Bridge
The bridge on Chesterville Road over the west branch of the White Clay Creek will soon carry a weight limit of 35 Tons (70,000 lbs).  Click Here for full details and for permission forms to exceed this weight limit.
The Banffshire Preserve Trail Map has been updated to reflect the recent improvements.
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.
New Stormwater Management Ordinance
Franklin Township has enacted a new Stormwater Management ordinance.  Click Here to review the new Chapter 19 of the Franklin Township Code of Ordinances.
Verizon FiOS Availability
in Franklin Township

Verizon has placed the Franchise Agreement with the Township in a "holding pattern".
Click Here for more information
The Historical Commission is looking for volunteers
Click Here for more details

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.
Public Notice
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.
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

 
FRANKLIN TOWNSHIP HOSTS
2nd ANNUAL RIP THE ELWOOD
Saturday, September 6th

 
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
 
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.
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! 
   **Click Here for a tip on recycling cardboard**
 
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.
 
GOURMET'S DELIGHT MUSHROOM FARM COMPOSTING FACILITY PROPOSAL:
CLICK HERE for Documents,
Videos, and Information


Latest Updates:

FRANKLIN TOWNSHIP

TAX COMPARISONS
The Township has prepared comparisons of the 2013 local tax rates Franklin Township residents pay relative to other Townships in the area.  Click to view a PDF of the Real Estate Tax, Earned Income Tax, Local Services Tax, Per Capita Tax, Amusement Tax, and Mechanical Device Tax.
Or you can Click Here for an Excel spreadheet that contains all of these tax comparisons.

 

Latest Official Franklin Township Update:
 

   July 16th, 2014

Archived Updates

  
We welcome any comments and/or suggestions!

Wednesday, August 20th
Regular Board of Supervisors Meeting
Start Time: 7:00 PM
    Meeting Agenda
    Treasurer's Report
    (Complete Report)
    Zoning Officer's Report

Wednesday, September 3rd
Historical Commission Meeting
Start time: 7:00 PM

Wednesday, September 3rd
HARB Meeting
Start time: At the conclusion of the Historical Commission Meeting

Thursday, September 4th
Planning Commission 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 August 1st
 
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.
 

LOST DOG

Lexi” went missing from 34 Gibble Road in Cochranville early Monday morning. She is a 4 yo female Siberian Husky/Border Collie mix.  She is microchipped. Lexi was wearing a black collar with tags along with an electric fence collar.   Anyone with any information please call Erika Nesler at 302-545-9356

Town Tours and Village Walks
Town Tours and Village Walks is a series of free summer strolls through historic neighborhoods, hamlets, villages and sites. This summer, you can explore Chester County's heritage on Thursday evenings, June 12 – August 21. Tours begin at 5:30 pm and generally last one hour.  The Oxford tour is on August 14th.  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. 
 
Online Training Programs Free to PA Residents
The Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission (DVRPC) is the local representative for the Online Broadband and Technology Training (OBTT) program. OBTT is designed for individuals to access free online training courses in graphic design, Microsoft Office Suite applications, project management, and other topics.
Click Here for the brochure
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
Click Here for a summary report of the 2013 actions and activities of AGREM (Avon Grove Regional Emergency Management Corporation)
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