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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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Did you know that Chester County has a web-based WebCad where ongoing incidents such as fire, EMS and traffic incidents in the 9-1-1 Centers Computer Aided Dispatch (CAD) system can be accessed by your citizens?
Road closures also can be listed. The WebCAD is maintained by the County and updated every 60 seconds!
Chester County now supports Smart911. Smart911 is a free service that allows individuals and families to create a safety profile online which provides key information to Chester County’s 9-1-1 Center. Chester County is the first county in Southeastern PA to provide this service. Completely secure and private, residents control what information they want 9-1-1 and first responders to have in an emergency situation. The safety profile enables faster and more effective emergency response by law enforcement, fire and emergency medical services.

Township Resident's
Hazardous Trees

At the September 21 Board of Supervisors meeting, the Township passed Ordinance 2016-08, addressing trees in the Township’s rights-of-way.  Passing this Ordinance allows the Township to bill a resident who does not take down a tree or remove branches that are posing a danger to the public within 21 days after being notified by the Township that this work should be done.  When a hazardous situation is noted, the Township will notify a resident that branches and/or tree needs to be removed. If the work hasn’t been performed in the noted time frame, the Township will do the work and then bill the resident.  If not paid within 60 days, the Township has the ability to place a lien on the property.  It should be noted that although the Township has a right to enter rights-of-ways, the trees belong to the property owners as stated in the Second Class Township Code.

Please fill out this Complaint Form and email or mail it to the Township Office.  Forms can also be picked up in person at the township office. Fill out the form completely. All information will be held in strict confidence.
 Townships Today
A quarterly newsletter for Townships & Residents

Summer issue: "Help Take A Bite Out Of Lyme"
 Township Video News
Pennsylvania is in the midst of a public-safety crisis that's affecting many townships: The number of volunteer firefighters is shrinking at an alarming rate - down from 300,000 in the 1970s to around 50,000 today.

Can we avert a problem that's not only jeopardizing lives but also local budgets?
To find out, watch the Township Video News Special Report, featuring a one-on-one interview with Rep. Frank Farry, a Bucks County fire chief who understands the challenges confronting fire companies and municipalites and is using the knowledge to take action.
After watching, please contact your lawmakers and urge them to support the reboot of Senate Resolution 60 and its menu of options to help local fire companies recruit and retain volunteers. 

Pennsylvania recently became the 24th state to legalize medical marijuana.

Senator Mike Folmer discusses the legalization of medical marijuana in Pennsylvania and the challenges that this new industry presents for townships.
Recent News
Requests to view public records must be made by written application on thisRequest 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 Franklin Township Salt Shed stands tall against this winter's weather events
These beautiful giraffes, Giraldine and Raffello, have been reunited with the Dunn Family after extensive renovations were completed by a local Craftsman by the name of Armand Francart, the owner of Eastern Machine in Landenberg, Pennsylvania. Giraldine and Raffello were stolen and vandalized January of 2015. Fortunately, they were recovered; however, extensive damage had been done to them. The Dunn Family is very grateful to Armand (Eastern Machine), Lisa, Dave, Nancy, Teddy, Abe, Stephen, Justin, Eli, and Derek, and thank them for using their creative talents to restore Giraldine and Raffello.
If you are driving on Gypsy Hill Road you may see them grazing along the side of the road.

This is the only mobile app of its kind for searching Municipal Codes. When you search for the Township of Franklin you will be presented with a Table of Contents for Codes that apply to our Township.
Click Here from your tablet or mobile device
to use the 360 eCode App

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the 2018 Proposed Final Budget for Franklin Township is available for public inspection during the hours of 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM Monday through Friday, at the Franklin Township Municipal Office, 20 Municipal Lane, Kemblesville, PA.  The combined budget expenditure amount is proposed at $2,583,603.45.  The Board of Supervisors will consider adoption of the 2018 budget at the December 20, 2017 public meeting which begins at 7 p.m.  The budget reflects no change in real estate taxes and the total millage rate remains the same at 2.495, including General, Emergency Services, Park and Recreation and Open Space.
Line Striping in the Township is completed!
Check out this photo of newly striped Laurel Bridge Road!
Guide Rail Installations Complete
The guide rails on South Guernsey Road and Laurel Bridge Road have been completed.
South Guernsey Road

Laurel Bridge Road

Andrew Delaney Completes His
Eagle Scout Project in Crossan Park
Thanks to Andrew Delaney, a life scout with Troop 10 out of West Grove PA. As his Eagle Scout Service Project, Andrew rebuilt the trail bridge near the lower pavilion in Crossan Park and added a bench seating area. Click Here for project details and some pictures. We recommend you take a hike on the trail and check it out for yourselves! Thank you Andrew!

The Township's Newest Residents!
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. 

DID YOU KNOW That the Township receives a Recycling Award of several thousand dollars (thanks to our recycling coordinator Jack Nystrom!)  every year because of the recyclable materias collected at the Township’s recycling center? New London Township no longer has recycling containers for their residents because people dumped their trash in and around their recycling containers. If our Township loses our recycling center, not only will people lose out on the convenience of this center, the Township will have to SPEND TAXPAYER DOLLARS on the services we now get for free AND we would lose our recycling grant award.  Nobody wants that. RECYCLE ONLY PRODUCTS THAT ARE RECYCLABLE AT THE RECYCLING CENTER.  THE INFORMATION IS CLEARLY MARKED ON THE ACTUAL RECYCLING DUMPSTERS AND IS ALSO AVAILABLE BY CLICKING HERE.

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.

Chester County Pipeline Information Center

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. 
Resources are also provided to aid in the location of pipelines easements and deed information. As noted on the webpage, this information is not a substitute for legal advice and any financial or legal decisions should only be made after consulting with an experienced professional adviser.  Click Here for the landowners’ resources page.

Latest Official Franklin Township Update:
February 21, 2018

Archived Updates

We welcome any comments and/or suggestions!

Thursday, March 1st
Planning Commission Meeting
Start Time: 7:00 PM
      Meeting Agenda

Wednesday, March 7th
Historical Commission Meeting
Start Time: 7:00 PM

Wednesday, March 7th
HARB Meeting
Start Time: at the conclusion of the HC Meeting

Wednesday, March 21st
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 December 26th

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. Please consider visiting their public website at www.psp.pa.gov
The New London Area
Historical Society and
The  Franklin Township
Historical Commission
Invite you to a talk by Mary Torbey

Edgar Allan Poe in Newark:
Fact or Legend?
Join us on Thursday, March 8th, 2018, at 7:00 PM.
New London Township Building (the New London Academy)
All are welcome; refreshments will be served afterward.
Click Here for more information

Beginning in April, Medicare will begin to mail new cards to all people with Medicare. The new cards will have a new, unique ID number on them for better protection of your identity. Your SSN will no longer appear on your Medicare Card. Click Here for More information. 


The Chester County Solid Waste Authority is sponsoring a compost bin and supplies sale. Click Here for a link to the Sale!
Chester County's Emergency Service Alert System

Chester County has upgraded its subscriber emergency notification system, called ReadyChesCo.
Click Here to learn how to sign up!

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.

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. 
The Avon Grove Regional Emergency Management (AGREM) Radio system is live. Tune to AM 1670 or Click Here for 24/7 Emergency and Community Information.