Community Bulletin Board

The Chester County Health Department is hosting flu vaccine clinics at the Government Services Center in West Chester. To schedule an appointment, call 610-344-6252 or  visit their website.
The Health Department is also hosting community clinics. Please see the attached flyer for times and locations.
 

2018 West Nile Virus Season in Pennsylvania
This is proving to be a difficult year for mosquitos all throughout the County. Estimates expect the mosquito population to exceed that of 2012, the worst year in recent history.
• WNV-positive mosquito pool counts are at an all-time high this season
• Health care providers should have a heightened clinical suspicion for West Nile infection in persons with clinically compatible symptoms
As of July 23, 2018, routine seasonal monitoring conducted by the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) West Nile virus (WNV) surveillance program has detected 1,109 WNV-infected mosquito samples and two WNV-infected birds from 43 counties throughout the Commonwealth. WNV-positive mosquito pool counts are higher at this point in the season than in any other year since surveillance began in 2000. Risk of human WNV infection is likely to remain elevated over the next several months. Additional surveillance data is available at http://www.westnile.state.pa.us/surv.htm.
DOH would like to remind health care providers to consider the diagnosis of arboviral infection in persons presenting with undifferentiated febrile illness or signs of meningoencephalitis, to ask about recent travel history, and to collect appropriate diagnostic specimens. All arbovirus infections (e.g., infections due to West Nile, dengue, chikungunya, Zika, Powassan, etc.) are reportable to DOH within 24 hours in Pennsylvania.
EPIDEMIOLOGY OF WEST NILE VIRUS INFECTIONS IN PENNSYLVANIA
In Pennsylvania, WNV is the most commonly reported locally-acquired arbovirus and is most commonly seen during the months of July through September. Risk continues until the first hard frost. Most human WNV infections (80%) are asymptomatic. Approximately 20% of infections result in a non-specific febrile illness (West Nile fever), and <1% infections develop into severe neuroinvasive disease (e.g., meningitis, encephalitis, acute flaccid paralysis, etc.).Neuroinvasive disease is more likely to occur in patients >50 years of age or those with compromised immunity.
  - July 27, 2018
 
Modernized PennDOT Customer Care Website to Allow Easier Submissions, Responses to Customer Roadway Concerns 

Harrisburg, PA – The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) has modernized its online Customer Care Center – customercare.penndot.gov – to make it easier to report concerns on state-maintained roadways with new mapping capabilities, optional photo uploads and a mobile-friendly interface.

“We continually look for ways to use technology to improve our customers’ experience, and our new Customer Care Center makes it easier to share their concerns or feedback,” PennDOT Secretary Leslie S. Richards said. “The public reports help us in our roadway maintenance and safety responsibilities, and this modernization will ensure we get better information from our customers right from the start.”

The modernized service sorts concerns into categories: road or bridge conditions; removing something from a roadway; traffic, signs or signals; ongoing roadwork or projects; or general questions and concerns. Users can map their current location to document a concern or choose an address or roadway, as well as other relevant location information, and even upload photos related to the concern. These descriptions will provide better information for PennDOT staff and can reduce the amount of time needed to gather more information from customers submitting concerns.

As of September 30, the previous Customer Care Center had nearly 45,000 concerns submitted this year, with more than 96 percent of those concerns being resolved.

Motorists are asked to be as specific as possible when providing locations of concerns. Motorists should report the county, municipality, street name, and state route number, which can be found on small black and white signs posted along state highways. In addition, a description of any familiar landmarks would be helpful for PennDOT to locate the problem area.

Maintenance concerns will be corrected as soon as possible. Emergency road repairs, such as road wash-outs, are handled on a top-priority basis.

Concerns may also be reported through 1-800-FIX-ROAD (1-800-349-7623), though the number should not be used to report traffic accidents, disabled vehicles or other emergencies. Motorists should continue to call 911 to report these types of emergencies.

Customers with questions or concerns related to driver or vehicle services should visit www.dmv.pa.gov. For concerns related to the Pennsylvania Turnpike, visit the Turnpike Commission website at www.paturnpike.com.

  

2017 Farm Bureau Equine Report
Did you know that Franklin has the 3rd largest number of equines in both counties? This attachment contains a cover letter from the President and Leader of the Chester Delaware County Farm Bureau, a summary of a 2017 survey, Delaware Valley University summary paper entitled “Impact of the Equine Industry on the Economy of Chester and Delaware Counties” and the Delaware Valley University report “Impact of the Equine Industry on the Economy of Southern Eastern Pennsylvania dated October 20, 2017.
SPOTTED LANTERNFLY QUARANTINE
The Chester County Health Department would like to make municipalities aware that Chester County is quarantined for Spotted Lanternfly. The quarantine is in place to stop the movement of this pest to new areas and to slow its spread within the quarantine. The quarantine affects a variety of plant, wood and stone products.

The Spotted Lanternfly (SLF) is an invasive insect new to the United States. Spotted Lanternflies are native to Southeast Asia, but they have been introduced to other areas of Asia as well—including to Korea, where Spotted Lanternflies are a major pest to agriculture to include major destruction of grapes, fruit-bearing trees and other plants. SLF are reproducing quickly in our area of south-eastern Pennsylvania, and Spotted Lanternflies have the potential to become a major threat to Pennsylvania’s agriculture and forestry industries.

The PA Department of Agriculture quarantine directs citizens and municipal authorities to follow guidelines to prevent the movement of SLF at any stage of development. These guidelines direct citizens to inspect all wood and vegetation that might leave the quarantined municipality. In addition, these guidelines direct citizens to inspect vehicles, trailers, and other mobile equipment prior to moving such equipment out of the quarantine.

Municipalities are encouraged to learn more about the Spotted Lanternfly, the quarantine, and available resources:
 
PA Department of Agriculture:
http://www.agriculture.pa.gov/Plants_Land_Water/PlantIndustry/Entomology/spotted_lanternfly/Pages/default.aspx
 
Handling Invasive Spotted Lanternfly free webinar:
http://boroughs.org/fullnotice.php?id=421&link=About%20PSAB
 
Chester County Health Department:

http://chesco.org/3361/Lantern-Fly
 
Contact the Chester County Health Department at 610-344-6225 for guidance.
  
  
CATCH THE RAIN
In Pennsylvania and across the nation, municipalities strive to manage stormwater to reduce the impacts that urbanization has on our natural resources. Here in our area, stormwater washing off land is the largest source of pollution to the White Clay Creek. Unless it is properly managed, almost all of the rain falling on roofs, driveways, roads, parking lots, mowed lawns, and patios ends up as stormwater runoff. Projects to reduce stormwater runoff can be too costly for homeowners. Well, now, the White Clay Creek, National Wild & Scenic River Program and the Brandywine Conservancy have a new program called “Catch The Rain”, where residential properties are eligible to receive a lifetime total of $2,500 per property in rebates if they perform certain projects like adding rain barrels, rain gardens, tree canopies and conservation landscape plantings. Your property must be located in the White Clay Watershed to be eligible for the program and once you have entered the website, you can enter your address to see if you qualify. Click Here for more details.
 
ReadyChesCo: Chester County is Upgrading
its Emergency Service Alert System
 
Your safety, and the safety of everyone who lives, works or visits Chester County, is our top concern. Because of this, we are upgrading the emergency notification system that you already subscribe to. The new system – much more technically advanced and flexible – is called ReadyChesCo. Because of updated security measures in the new emergency notification system, ReadyChesCo requires you to create a new account. I ask that you please take a few moments to sign up at www.ReadyChesCo.org to ensure all your contact details are up to date and accurate. ReadyChesCo notifies you during a major crisis or emergency, and will also deliver important alerts such as weather, health or community notifications. Because it is an “opt-in” service, you will only receive the alerts that you request, via email, phone or text messaging. The success of this service relies on YOU. Providing us with your latest contact information is the only way to ensure that we can contact you in an emergency. Please sign up at www.ReadyChesCo.org - it only takes a few minutes to create your account! How does the ReadyChesCo emergency notification system work? The process begins when Chester County issues a message about a current or imminent safety hazard or emergency. ReadyChesCo sends the message to your first choice of contact – email, phone or text message, and we will ask you to confirm receipt. If you unable to confirm receipt of the message on your first choice of contact, the system will move on to your second choice, and so on. The flexibility of ReadyChesCo allows for more specific community and regional notifications to be sent to you, but only what you choose. As you complete the registration process on ReadyChesCo, you will see additional options for types of information you would like to receive from your local municipality, as well as Chester County government programs and services. Thank you for your participation in this important program – and please spread the word about the new ReadyChesCo notification system. Your safety is our top concern, and ReadyChesCo will deliver emergency messages to you in seconds, when seconds count! For questions, please contact: ready@chesco.org or call 610-344-4779. Chester County Respects Your Privacy. Chester County will never share or distribute your personal information, unless required to do so by law. Additionally, Chester County will never use your information for any purpose other than to send notifications or information that you have registered for on ReadyChesCo.

http://conserveland.org/system/uploads/580/original/girlundertree_cropped_copy.jpg?1418414615The Pennsylvania Land Trust Association has published a Guide to Nature Play. You can view or download the beautifully illustrated edition, at ConservationTools.org or access the text-only edition.
Unstructured, frequent childhood play in informal outdoor settings powerfully boosts the cognitive, creative, physical, social and emotional development of children. It also engenders deep conservation values-more so than any other factor. If we want future generations to carry on the work of conservation, then we need to be paying attention to what is happening in childhood. To make conservation efforts endure, we must emotionally connect children to nature.

Part 1 of this guide explores the essential characteristics of nature play, the benefits nature play provides and the societal barriers to it. Part 2 describes the array of concrete actions that organizations may take to restore nature play to children's lives. This includes the creation of spaces for nature play, which don't have to be expensive ventures, and the various features that can be added or enhanced in a play space to make it more attractive to kids and effective in promoting nature play.

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Eagle Scout Rain Garden Project
at the Franklin Township Building

 
A local Eagle Scout, Nick Dinsmore has constructed a rain garden adjacent to our Township Building. The project is part of his Eagle Scout qualification. There is a secondary benefit for residents and the Township Government as the rain garden will be a working example of a storm water BMP (Best Management Practice). Residents who are considering projects that need storm water management can see a functioning system.
Several years ago the PADEP (Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection) required that home improvements and new construction that create an impervious surface also install an appropriately sized system to receive storm water from the impervious surface and direct it back into the ground water system in lieu of just running off with sediments that pollute local streams and Chesapeake Bay. There are various approved devices that can be used. These devices are called BMPs and consist of the following:
·  Infiltration Bed
·  Infiltration Trench
·  Infiltration Trench with Pipe
·  Tank with Holes
·  Infiltration basin
·  Rain Garden
The rain garden consists of a depressed bed to contain the storm water in conjunction with specialized plants that can withstand being submerged and also thrive through dry periods. Storm water from the Township roof drain system will be conveyed to the adjacent garden by pipe. The plants are unique and also expensive. A local grower, North Creek Nurseries owned by Steve Castorani provided the plants and visited the site to help arrange the rain garden. Besides providing quality plants for many uses, they are experts with rain gardens and other storm water control devices. They also have some excellent working systems on their site located near Wickerton Rd and North Creek Rd in Franklin. This organization is very environmentally oriented could provide interesting story all by itself.
The Township always sponsors Scout projects, proving up to $500 for material. Nick also obtained donations of materials from local businesses.
This is certainly a great Eagle Scout project for the Township because it is timely to demonstrate a  storm water mitigation technique. Several years ago, the Township recognized the onerous nature of the Act 167 ordinance. The Planning Commission and Supervisors worked very hard to developed a document Simplified Approach to Stormwater Management (reference page 12 and A2 for rain garden). This document allows home owners doing smaller projects to design the storm water system themselves without engaging and expensive engineer. The Township always helps the home owners with their projects.
 

    EAGLE SCOUT ACCOLADES
Nick Dinsmore was named an Eagle Scout at the Eagle Scout Court of Honor ceremony on June 3rd. In attendance was Chairman John Auerbach, shown in this picture with Nick. Nick designed and, along with his fellow scouts, built the beautiful rain garden adjacent to the Township Office. Congratulations to Nick on this milestone achievement!

  

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http://www.broadbandexpert.com/ http://www.cabletv.com/ 

These sites make it easy for consumers to find Internet and cable TV providers in their area and compare them using factors like pricing, available speeds, and customer reviews.
 
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.  
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

 
VERIZON FiOS TV STILL NOT AVAILABLE IN FRANKLIN TOWNSHIP
Verizon continues to direct 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 Verizon most likely will not provide FIOS TV to Franklin 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 Ms. Janet Miller, Manager for Franchise Video Services for the state of Pennsylvania by email to Janet.miller@verizon.com or call her at 
(717)562-5052. The Municipal Representative, Mr. Douglas R. Smith, (610-429-8003/ douglas.r.smith@one.verizon.com) does not return calls or emails. Neither will his supervisor, Anthony A. Lewis at 202-515-2488 or email at Anthony.a.lewis@one.verizon.com. Click Here for more information.