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​Invasive Insects Pose a Real Threat to Franklin Township

Much progress has been made in improving our roadways for function and safety.  Improvements are being made to Crossan Park and additional land has been preserved as open space.  Please read further for the details.

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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.

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.

The Emerald Ash Borer and the Spotted Lanternfly are damaging to area hardwoods.  Click Here to learn more about how this can affect the trees on your property.

Township Resident's Hazardous Trees

The United States Census will be conducted during the month of April.  Did you know that the Census determines Federal funding to the State, and eventually to the Townships? This exemplifies why is is so important that all township residents participate in the Census: according to the Pennsylvania State Data Center, the federal government invests an average of $2,093.00 per person in our state.  Therefore, if just one half of a percent of Chester County’s estimated population is NOT counted in the 2020 census, that would result in an undercount of 2,610 residents, and a potential loss of $5.5 million to the County each year for the next ten years! 

Some important facts about the 2020 Census:

  • The Census is quick – it only asks 9 questions (and it does not ask if you are a US Citizen)
  • Residents can complete the Census in three ways: by mail, online, or via telephone
  • A Census worker will never: a) contact you by email; b) ask you to step outside of your home: c) ask you for your Social Security number or d) ask you for money, donations or credit card information.

​These are links to a complete explanation of the 2020 Census and Frequently Asked Questions provided by the United States Census Bureau.

If you encounter a dead animal on one of our Township's roadways please Call or text Tom Marsh directly at

(484) 571-2092. Tom removes dead deer from Township roads for the PA Game Commission.  Thank you!

Franlin Township has begun to review which roads will be part of the 2020 Road Program, and has made the decision to replace the Hess Mill Bridge this year.

This recent article in the New York Times highlights the trials rural communities face when it comes to road and bridge repair. 

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Check out Ethan Shovlin’s Eagle Scout project – constructing a bridge to connect the Keen Trail to the Wyndemere Open space.

Ethan did a great job in managing all elements of the project……… research, project scope development, planning, effectively engaging people and material resources, project execution, cleanup, and completion. Managing all these elements, essentially converting an idea into a completed facility, is no easy task. It is an enormous transformation conducted by a young man with talent and determination.
To Ethan -  thank you for your contribution to our community.
Typically Franklin Township provides up to $500 for materials for Eagle Scout projects. In addition, scouts can get their own donations.
In this case Franklin Township provided all the material, approximately, $2,600. The materials were purchased at Oxford Feed & Lumber and Lowes. Oxford Feed and Lumber provides a significant discount for Eagle Scout projects. Thank you to Oxford Feed & Lumber.
This is certainly one of the more complex Eagle Scout projects that have been presented to the Township and required significant support from volunteers.
Thank you to Mike Petka, Wyndemere HOA President, and the volunteers from Wyndemere and also to all the volunteers from the greater Franklin Township area.
This was a great community service project!

2020 Road Program to Replace Hess Mill Bridge