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Designed in the likeness of a public building that stood in Hartford, Connecticut, the Franklin Township Hall was built in 1837. It was used as an office for the Franklin Silk Company; after the company failed, the Franklin Township Trustees completed the Franklin Township Hall in 1840. 

Franklin Township provides specific services to its residents.  The Franklin Township road crew provide efficient and effective services in a timely manner.  

Contact this department for right-of-way permits, road improvement schedules, chipping schedules and more.

We provide contact information for all of our zoning boards, maps, and a detailed list of zoning codes.

Effective immediately, the Zoning Inspector meets by appointment only.  To schedule an appointment with Mr. Ciccozzi, please call 330-673-2194 ext. 2


If you have questions that have not been answered on the site, please feel free to contact us.

Our office hours are Monday - Friday, 1:00 to 4:00 at Township Hall and Monday - Friday 7:00 am to 3:30 pm at the Township garage.  


Scott Molders, Inc.

Scott Molders, Inc.

Scott Molders is an industry leader in injection, compression, and transfer molding of thermoset plastics. Located just south of Twin Lakes was once a historical town name Earleville, which existed primarily in the 19th and early 20th centuries as a railroad stop. The rhinoceros in front of Scott Molders is named Earl in honor of the long-lost hamlet.

Black Iron Grille

Black Iron Grille

Black Iron Grille's mission is to serve prime steakhouse dishes at a price and setting everyone can enjoy! Hosting private events and catering services are also available. 330-552-3126

Crystal Clinic Kent

Crystal Clinic Kent

Orthopedic center



Corral Address: 6689 State Route 43 Kent, Ohio 44240 Phone: 234.706.8410 Corral is the perfect space for a birthday or anniversary party, bridal or baby shower, family reunions and more. $35/hr Monday-Thursday; $50/hr Friday-Sunday.

Commercial Property 2108 St Rt 43

Commercial Property 2108 St Rt 43

Prime Office Space and/or Retail Space for lease (up to 7765) square feet) in a highly desirable location in Kent, Ohio. Very high traffic counts and this exceptionally attractive building can be used for pure office space or retail/ restaurant usage. The completely refurbished building is located on five acres of land, and fronts on State Route 59- a four lane main highway with daily traffic counts of over 25,000 cars. For additional information contact Frank McMillen at 330-671-9995.

East of Chicago Pizza

East of Chicago Pizza

Dan Thomason and Mary Beth Haas are excited to be opening an East of Chicago Pizza in Franklin Township at 1665 East Main Street (Next to Evergreen Buffet). The pizza shop prides itself on making dough fresh daily and is well-known for its different crusts which include traditional pan, "authentic" deep dish Chicago style, loaded, and thin varieties. Call 330-677-9977.

Pebblebrook Apartments

Pebblebrook Apartments

Come visit Kent's most distinctive, brand new apartment community located just off Route 59 adjacent to the Kent State Golf Course and just minutes from Kent State University and Westbranch State Park. Pebblebrook, where affordability meets luxury! Pet Policy Pet Friendly Community - Call for details.


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Navy map drop with waterline

Swift 911

A high speed notification program with the capability of rapidly delivering recorded warnings to the entire community, via telephone, email, text or pager.


Chipping is now over for 2023.  Chipping will begin the first week of April and will be done every OTHER month.  Chipping will be in April, June, August, and October.  With the recent storms, we may not get to you the first week, but we will keep going until we have been through the entire township. 

Franklin Township employees will NOT pick up tree materials that have been cut and placed out for pickup by a contractor!! This service is for storm limbs and light tree pruning.

Please see the "Services" tab for details.

View our newest section for the latest JOBS in Franklin Township.


Franklin Township is accepting applications for a road crew laborer.  Applicants must be physically fit and hold a Class A or B Commercial Driver’s License.  A road crew laborer must be able to work outside in various weather conditions and should possess experience with vehicle and equipment maintenance.  The ability to operate a backhoe is preferred but training will be available.  For a complete job description and an application, please click on the link below.







Household Hazardous Waste

Portage County Residents Only- Must provide ID
No Businesses
No Smoking
Drive In- CHaRM Entrance , stay in vehicle.


acids, adhesives, aerosol cans, fluorescent lights, herbicides, pesticides, insecticides, fertilizers, household cleaners, mercury (must be double bagged or in a jar if liquid), oil based paints, stains, and thinners, pool chemicals, and solvents.
Latex paint will also be accepted during this event.


No weapons, explosives, construction debris, radioactive material, standard household trash, cylinders, medical waste or propane tanks. For more information call 330-678-8808.
CHaRM (center for hard to recycle materials) will also be open during this time.

First Monday of the Month 2pm-6pm
hours, dates are subject to change. Closed on New Years Day and Labor Day



The Portage County Engineers Office will be closing Judson Road November 13-16 for repairs to the bridge.


We regrettably must report to our residents that mow-trimming the roadways is done for the season.  Our mow-trim machine has suffered catastrophic damages and will be months out on parts and repairs.  We do apologize!


Effective Immediately, zoning business is by appointment only.  Our Zoning Inspector does not have set office hours due to his varied responsibilities.  Please call 330-673-2194 extension 2 to set up an appointment with Mr. Ciccozzi.


Hudson Road Improvements have been broken up into five phases:

Phase 1 began at Ravenna Road and went south to approximately 200 feet south of Newton Drive.  This phase was about .5 miles and was completed in 2013.

Phase 2 continued about .57 miles south to just north of the Judson/Ravenna Road intersection.  This phase was completed in 2015.

Phase 3 continues south for 1700 feet (.32 miles).  After this phase was completed in 2017 and phase 4 was being designed, the Trustees agreed that a bike lane should have been added to phase 3.   We hope to have this bike lane added  in the future.  

Phase 4 will continue just about to Johnson Road.  There will be 4-foot bike lanes on each side of the road.

Phase 5 will finish off at Kent city limits and will also have bike lanes.  Our goal is to bid this out in early spring of 2024 and have the work completed over the summer of 2024.

**UPDATE** Phase 4 and 5 will be combined and bid out in the early spring of 2024 so the work can begin by summertime. 

The bike lanes will tie into the Hike and Bike Trail at the intersection of Hudson and Judson Road.



A Community Paramedicine Provider (CPP) is a paramedic/RN that works to increase access to primary and preventive care and increase the quality of life for the residents in our community.  A CPP can assess your home for safety hazards, provide health assessments and chronic disease monitoring, coordinate health services, provide referrals to community resources, provide hospital follow up care, organization of new and current medications, and educate on identified health care goals.  For more information, please contact Sara Slanina at 330-676-7393 or for more information please click here.


If you are old enough, you might remember that most homes had burn barrels where you could burn trash, leaves, or just about anything you wanted to get rid of.  Times have certainly changed.  The township does not allow open burning.  Click here for a very informative video that explains the reasons why open burning is so bad for you and your neighborhood.


Even though state law allows consumers to discharge 1.4G fireworks on certain dates and times, political subdivisions (villages, cities, townships or counties) can ban the use of fireworks within their boundaries.  The Franklin Township Trustees have elected to continue to PROHIBIT the discharging of fireworks in Franklin Township.  For more information, please visit our Fire Inspectors page.

PARTA's Connecting Communities study was sponsored by AMATS and conducted in cooperation with the City of Kent and Franklin Township.  The study evaluates existing conditions along State Route 59 from Horning Road in Kent to State Route 261 in Franklin Township. It recommends pedestrian, bicycle, and transit improvements along this approximately 0.9 mile corridor which is mostly located in Franklin Township. 


Some good news about the Ravenna Road Bridge that is Closed 

Effective 12/21/2017 Ravenna Road Bridge # 248 was closed over the Norfolk Southern Rail Road Tracks  (Near Towner's Woods in Franklin Township.)  This was an indefinite closure until this week when the Portage County Engineer's Office made an announcement that work will begin next year.  They are also asking for public comments and ideas.  To read the press release and learn how you can provide a comment, click here.



                                                          Mental Health and Recovery Board of Portage County

                                                          The Mental Health and Recovery Board of Portage County is planning to start holding

                                                          open meetings for Community Health Assessment and Improvement Plans.                                                                                          If you are interested in participating or learning, click here.        

Are you ready to recover?  

Call the Portage Addiction Helpline at 330-678-3006.  Treatment works and is available.  Fentanyl is a synthetic opioid that can be up to 50 times stronger than heroin.  Fentanyl has been found in heroin, cocaine, methamphetamine, and other prohibited drugs.  Fentanyl test strips and drug testing education helps people be aware of the danger of fentanyl presence and their risk of overdose.  The Mental Health & Recovery Board of Portage County is sponsoring a program that provides for fentanyl test strips being made available upon request.  The strips will allow users to test heroin or other drugs for fentanyl which will prevent or at least reduce the number of overdoses.  The information and a few test strips are available at Town Hall 2 located at 155 S. Water St. Kent.


               Also, click here if you are looking for an  Alcoholics Anonymous meeting in the area.  

Are you looking for something to do? 

Click here for recreational opportunities in Portage County.  Click on the Portage County tab, and then click on any activity that sounds like something you feel like doing!

Don't be Victimized by Phone or Email Scammers

There has been a surge in scam phone calls and emails in the area requesting money from the person being solicited.  Here are signs of a scam:

  • Being asked to wire money to a stranger or friend in need

  • Being selected for a mystery shopping job, especially if you never applied

  • Pressure to “act now!”

  • Being asked to buy a prepaid money card

  • Sending money in advance to secure or insure a loan

  • Winning a contest you’ve never heard of or entered

  • Having to pay a fee to receive your “prize”

  • Requests for your personal information

  • Requests for a large down-payment

  • A company that refuses to provide written information

Township Office has regular office hours of 1-4pm Monday through Friday, and the garage and zoning department will be open by appointment only. 

Contact David Akerley at the Road Department at 330-673-6222 or 330-673-2194 ext. 1


For Zoning issues contact Joe Ciccozzi at 330-673-2194 ext. 2 

If you would like the Trustees to address a concern or question at the meeting, please call the Township Hall at 330-673-2194 between the hours of 1- 4 pm on the Monday before or the day of the meeting or email the township offices at before 3 pm on the day of the meeting.  Please include in the subject line: For Trustee Meeting.  If you would like minutes of the meeting, please communicate that also.  Draft minutes will be available approximately one-two weeks after the meeting.



Need Wood Chips?

Call the Township Garage @ 330-673-6222.  Free delivery.  Township Residents only.

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