Chester County now supports Smart911
FIVE NEW GRILLS INSTALLED
IN CROSSAN PARK!
Rep Lawrence questions DEP vis a vis CWA
On February 25 in Harrisburg, Representative John Lawrence
asked DEP Sec. McDonnell why DEP changed its position regarding the sale of CWA and CWA’s request to put certain assets into a Trust, to protect for future generations. Below is a link to the video of this questioning. This raises many questions. Who made the important decision that DEP would oppose CWA protecting certain assets? If not DEP Sec. McDonnell, then who?
Rep. Lawrence wanted to know if DEP has a position for or against the sale of the Chester Water Authority. DEP Sec. McDonnell responded, "I don't think we have a position." Rep. Lawrence cited a June 2019 letter from a DEP assistant counsel stating DEP will not take a position in this matter. Then on August 9, 2019, DEP filed a post-hearing response in Delaware County court explicitly taking a position against the Chester Water Authority. Rep. Lawrence wanted to know why DEP changed its position on this matter. Sec. McDonnell said he did not know.
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Radon, a colorless, odorless gas, is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the United States. Radon gas percolates up through the earth's crust and is present in ALL 67 Pennsylvania counties.
The best time to test for radon is in winter when homes are closed and radon levels are at their peak. Radon test kits can be purchased at home improvement and hardware stores. For more information, the EPA has published this “Citizens Guide to Radon - A Guide to Protecting Yourself and your Family From Radon”.
Franklin Township - Community News
Catch The Rain Rebate Program
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.
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.
VERIZON FiOS TV STILL NOT AVAILABLE IN FRANKLIN TOWNSHIP
PennDOT Extends Expiration Dates on Driver Licenses, ID Cards, and Learner’s Permits
Effective April 30, 2020, expiration dates for driver licenses, photo ID cards and learner's permits scheduled to expire from March 16, 2020 through May 31, 2020, are now extended through June 30, 2020.
Additionally, all Driver License Centers and Photo License Centers and the Harrisburg Riverfront Office Center in Pennsylvania are closed until further notice effective close of business on Monday, March 16
As a reminder, customers may complete various transactions and access multiple resources via the Driver and Vehicle Services website, www.dmv.pa.gov. Driver and vehicle online services are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week and include driver's license, photo ID and vehicle registration renewals; driver-history services; changes of address; driver license and vehicle registration restoration letters; ability to pay driver license or vehicle insurance restoration fee; driver license and photo ID duplicates; and driver exam scheduling. There are no additional fees for using online services.
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. Please click here for more details.
Chester County's Department of Aging Services APPRISE Program
Verizon continues to misinform residents about offering FIOS TV in the Township. The Township is not holding up a contract for FiOS TV services. Since early 2013 the Township has been waiting for Verizon to present us with a franchise agreement. Verizon's management acknowledges that Verizon will not provide FIOS TV to Franklin Township. If you speak to a Verizon sales representative and they blame the fact that they will not give you FIOS TV on the Township, they are not telling the truth.
Below is a summary of the history provided by the Township Manager:
“First, the Township is not holding up a Franchise Agreement for Verizon. The Board of Supervisors would sign one tomorrow IF Verizon offered one. Franchise agreements generate income for the Township which helps to supplement our tax revenue. By law, we are allowed to collect up to 5% of TV services sold by companies such as Comcast and Verizon who deliver their service through wires. We currently collect the 5% from Comcast.
In February of 2013, Verizon representatives came to the Township wanting to provide FIOS service to our residents. Verizon said they already had 94% of the Township wired. The Township said “Great, where do we sign?” Verizon said they would send the contract to us. To shorten this story, after many phone calls and multiple emails, I was finally told Franklin was not getting a contract; we were not getting FIOS TV services because they were putting their resources in denser areas. This information came to us in December of 2013. Over the years we would ask our various Verizon representatives if they changed their mind. You know the answer. Recently, our municipal representative changed. The person whose name and number we published on our website would not even respond to our phone calls. We reached out to their supervisor. That person would not return our phone calls. The Assistant to the Township Manager, Jeff Eastburn, took it upon himself to find someone who would talk with us. That person was Janet Miller. Ms. Miller was Manager for Franchise Video Services for the entire State of Pennsylvania. She confirmed for us that Franklin will NOT be getting FIOS TV. She did not say “never” but it appears that it may truly be never.” Ms. Miller has recently left Verizon.
The Franklin Sportsmen's Association has been hard at work in Crossan Park. Remember how hard the ground was since we haven’t had rain in months? Well, the FSA can tell you how hard it was! Check out the five new grills they installed over the course of several long days! They installed them in concrete and surrounded them with pavers. Bring your own charcoal and try them out! The members of the FSA have also been busy painting the tables in the pavilions. Great job and THANK YOU to the Franklin Sportsmans Association!
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.
APPRISE provides confidential, unbiased and FREE Medicare and Medicare/Medicaid counseling.
Click here to read the "Mysteries of Medicare" Newsletter for the month of February, 2020
Modernized PennDOT Customer Care Website to Allow Easier Submissions, Responses to Customer Roadway Concerns
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