VERIZON FiOS TV STILL NOT AVAILABLE IN FRANKLIN TOWNSHIP

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.

Tune to AM 1670 or Click Here for 24/7 Emergency and Community Information.

New 511PA Mobile App Puts Traveler Information in Drivers’ Hands

Are you ready to fight THE FLU this season? Get yourself and your loved ones a flu vaccine today. The Chester County Health Department is holding flu vaccine clinics open to the public in locations around Chester County. The event closest to Franklin Township occurs on October 24 at the Fred S. Engle Middle School from 2:30 to 6:30 PM.

Modernized PennDOT Customer Care Website to Allow Easier Submissions, Responses to Customer Roadway Concerns 

Chester County now supports Smart911

Franklin Township - Kemblesville, PA

Community News

Chester County's Department of Aging Services APPRISE Program

Opioid Epidemic Awareness

Catch The Rain Rebate Program

APPRISE provides confidential, unbiased and FREE Medicare and Medicare/Medicaid counseling.
Please see the attached "Mysteries of Medicare" Newsletter which is the fourth in a monthly series of Medicare information for Chester County residents.

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

The Responder , Spring 2019 Newsletter

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.

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.

ReadyChesGo:
Chester County's Emergency Service Alert System​

Travelers in Pennsylvania can now get better traffic information before and during a trip with PennDOT’s new, free 511PA mobile app. To download the application, visit the iTunes or Google Play stores and search for “511PA.”

The Chester County Department of Aging and APPRISE health insurance counselors will provide free, confidential assistance to Medicare beneficiaries during the Annual Open Enrollment Period, October 15, 2019 to December 7, 2019.

Sign up to Receive Email Updates and emergency notices, as well as electronic versions of our newsletters. Just send us an email with your name and the email address you would prefer us to use. If you own property in the Township, please include the address.

If you live, work, or go to school in Chester County, you can sign up for a free Library card!

During a recent 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.

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.

PENNSYLVANIA YELLOW DOT AND
EMERGENCY CONTACT PROGRAM

Please enjoy the Chester County Conservation District’s Spring/Summer issue of The Back 40

This program assists citizens in the "golden hour" of emergency care following a traffic crash when they may not be able to communicate their needs themselves. To participate, citizens complete an online form, and PennDOT will mail them a Yellow Dot kit. Placing a Yellow Dot decal in your vehicle's rear window alerts first responders to check your glove compartment for vital information to ensure you receive the medical attention you need. The Yellow Dot program is a cooperative effort between PennDOT, the state departments of Health and Aging, the Pennsylvania State Police, the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission, first responders, and local law enforcement.

Avon Grove Regional Emergency Management (AGREM) Radio system

Thefts from Motor Vehicles in White Clay Creek Preserve Parking Lots in London Britain Township
Over the past couple of weeks, there have been several thefts from motor vehicles while these vehicles were parked in the parking lots of the White Clay Creek Preserve. The actor waits until the victim is out in the Preserve and then looks into the vehicles to see if something of value is left in plain view.  During most of these incidents, the vehicles have been secured and a window has been broken to remove that item of value. The Pennsylvania State Police, Avondale Barracks, has increased its patrols in the Preserve and are actively working to determine who the actor is in these cases.
What we ask from the residents in London Britain Township and visitors of the Preserve:
- Please secure your vehicles at all times.  
- Keep all valuables out of sight or leave all valuables at home. 
- Be aware of your surroundings, if you see something/someone out of place, report it. 
We thank each and every one of you for your support and by working together we hope to develop leads as to who the actor is in these cases. 
Anyone with information regarding similar cases, please contact PSP-Avondale.
CONTACT: Trooper Kevin Kochka, PSP-Avondale, (W) 610-268-2102, kkochka@pa.gov , Twitter: @PSPTroopJPIO