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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.
 

HAVE A COMPLAINT?
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.
 
 
PSATS RESOURCES
 
 Townships Today
A quarterly newsletter for Townships & Residents
 
SUMMER ISSUE

Firefighter Crisis:
Townships Urge Governor,
Lawmakers to Take Action

 
 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.
 
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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.
PEACEDALE ROAD WORK SCHEDULED
FOR NEXT WEEK
The following road work will be taking place (times are approximate – refer to this map for further details).
All work is weather dependent.
Tuesday, August 21 – Starting at approximately 6:00 AM – base repair will take place from 104 Peacedale Road to Route 896. Residents and those going to and from the Charter School will be able to access your driveways/parking lot, but from which direction will depend on where the equipment is working. Drivers will be inconvenienced if you try and travel through the roadwork.
Wednesday, August 22 – Starting at approximately 6 AM – paving will take place from 104 Peacedale Road to Route 896. Thru traffic will not be permitted on this section of road until our Contractor gives the ok. Drivers will be inconvenienced and it is recommended that you avoid this area all together.
Note: Once paving is completed, we will post a notification about painting a new centerline on Peacedale Road at a future date to be determined.
Thank you for your patience as we continue to improve the Township roads.
 
PENDING ROADWORK NOTIFICATION

Please be aware that PennDOT will be performing a "Tar and Chip" maintenance application on this section of Strickersville Road that passes through Franklin Township. PennDOT has not announced a start date yet, but when they do, we will update this posting.
 


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
 
Township Recycling Update Please Read
Trash and contaminated recyclables defeat the purpose of the recycling effort. Please click here to learn about how recycling collection has changed and how you can do your part to make sure that residential recycling efforts are successful.
PLEASE NOTE: Our Township Recycling Containers are being temporarily relocated to Crossan Park effective late afternoon on Friday, June 29, 2018. While the Township makes some much needed site improvements, the recycling containers will be temporarily relocated to Crossan Park at 91 Parsons Road, starting late afternoon on Friday, June 29, 2018. Check the attached map for their new location.
 
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Congratulations to Jacob Shuster
Eagle Scout Candidate with Troop #62
Jacob completed his Eagle Scout project at the Franklin Preserve, installing eight bat houses with the help of his fellow scouts. When searching for a meaningful Eagle Scout project, Jacob learned that bats should be appreciated for their ecological contributions as pollinators, seed dispersers, and insect predators. They’re also fascinating animals to watch. Sadly, though, bats are suffering from habitat loss and other hazards. Jacob’s project has the capacity to house over One Thousand bats! The Township salutes Jacob and his team for completing this worthwhile project for the betterment of the community's ecology.
 
Opioid Epidemic Awareness
During this month's Board of Supervisors meeting, noted Township resident Robert Weidenmuller gave an eye-opening and informative presentation concerning the current Opioid Crisis affecting all segments of our society. Robert also provided access to resources that everyone in our Township should be aware of in our area.
  

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.

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

BE ALERT!
APPLETON ROAD AT ITS INTERSECTION WITH STRICKERSVILLE ROAD IS NOW A 4-WAY STOP INTERSECTION. BE SURE TO STOP WHEN YOU ARE APPROACHING THIS INTERSECTION AND PROCEED WITH CAUTION!
 
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. 
 
 
DUMPING TRASH AT THE RECYCLING AREA IS CLASSIFIED AS ILLEGAL DUMPING AND VIOLATORS WILL BE REPORTED TO THE PA STATE POLICE

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 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.


Latest Official Franklin Township Update:
  
August 15, 2018
  

Archived Updates

  
We welcome any comments and/or suggestions!

Wednesday, August 22nd
HARB Meeting
Start Time 7:00 PM (tentative)
      Meeting Agenda

Wednesday, September 5th
The Historical Commission and HARB Meetings have been canceled for September

Thursday, September 6th
Planning Commission Meeting
     Start Time: 7:00 PM

Wednesday, September 19th
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 July 27th
 

PA STATE POLICE
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. Please consider visiting their public website at www.psp.pa.gov
 
  
NEW MEDICARE CARDS COMING
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!
   
           
ReadyChesGo:
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.