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April 16th, 2014
BOS Meeting Video
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Franklin Township Winter Newsletter
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Click Here to read the latest edition of the Township's electronic newsletter
Route 896 Corridor Improvements Project

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

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
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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A new, 4-way stop intersection at Schoolhouse, Church Hill and Wickerton Roads.
Since the new stop signs are on PennDOT Roads (Wickerton and 841) we must wait for PennDOT road crews to install the signs.  We will update you with an installation date once PennDOT gives us one.
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 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.
Planning Commission Meeting:
Gourmet's Delight Mushroom Farm Discussion - January 9, 2014

  • Aerial Views of of Proposed Site
  • Chester County Conservation District Documents
  • Zoning Opinions
  • ACRE* / ACT 38 Farm Ordinance Review
            * Agriculture, Communities, and the Rural Environment
    A new law which took effect on July 6, 2005 allows farm owners or operators to ask the Attorney General to review local ordinances that they feel restrict normal agricultural operation or ownership.  The law also gives the Attorney General the authority to file a lawsuit in Commonwealth Court to challenge the legality of some ordinances, if the review determines they may be in violation of state law.  The Office of Attorney General will respond to each request within 120 days.
    Additional ACRE Resources for Review:
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:
April 16, 2014
Archived Updates

We welcome any comments and/or suggestions!

Thursday, May 1st
Planning Commission Meeting
Start time: 7:00 PM

Wednesday, May 7th

Historical Commission Meeting
Start time: 7:00 PM

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

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
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.
Hazardous Waste and Electronics Collection

Saturday, April 26th
Octorara High School
9:00 AM to 3:00 PM
Click Here for details
Creek Fest
May 3rd, 12 - 4 pm
Carpenter Rec. Area,
White Clay Creek State Park

 Celebrating the ways we enjoy and protect the White Clay with live music and family entertainment, food, live animals, giveaways, & activities for all ages. Click Here for more information
The Last Chance Garage on Cemetery Lane: Bringing Antique Autos Back to Life
May 15th, 2014, at 7 PM - New London Academy
Lou Mandich, a resident of Franklin Township and proprietor of Unionville's Last Chance Garage (which really is located at 13 Cemetery Lane), will give an illustrated talk on his "encore career" -- giving antique cars a new lease on life.  Click Here for more information about this event.
On Hallowed Ground: The Battle of Brandywine Reenactment
On May 17th and 18th, 2014, Birmingham Township is hosting a once in a generation event:
a live reenactment of the Battle of Brandywine!  Click Here for more details

The Fair Hill Nature Center Presents: The Thursday Speaker Series
Every Thursday evening at 6:30 PM, 630 Tawes Drive, Elkton, MD.  Registration required. Events are free.  This Week: "The Basics of Lyme and Other Tick-Borne Diseases"
  Chadds Ford Historical Society Spring Lecture Series

Click Here for more information on their Spring 2014 Lecture Series.
OAHA Spring Programs
The Oxford Area Historical Association offers free programs this spring.  Click Here for more information.
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
Unfunded Mandates
Costly Practice Eats Up Local Tax Dollars
Click Here to read the article
Click Here for a summary report of the 2013 actions and activities of AGREM (Avon Grove Regional Emergency Management Corporation)
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