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.
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.
OUR SPOTLIGHT IS ON
A high speed notification program with the capability of rapidly delivering recorded warnings to the entire community, via telephone, email, text or pager.
Facts on Fireworks
Portage County Health District
Holiday Lighting Contest!!
Do you notice people slowing down as they drive past your house because of your spectacular holiday lights and displays? If so, then you need to join Portage County's Holiday Lighting contest!! Franklin Township is encouraging our residents to decorate your home or business for the holidays. By joining the contest using the link below, you will be added to the holiday tour listing and maybe be the winner!! If you are interested, click here:
Where do I vote???
Franklin Township has five different polling locations, each location is for a specific area of the township. Voters who used to vote at Franklin School will now vote at Center School, 200 N. Mantua Street in Kent. If you are not sure which location to go to, click here and then select "Polling Place Search by Address".
Fall Leaf Collection Program
The Franklin Township Trustees are pleased to continue the expanded Vacuum Leaf Collection Service for fall 2021. Leaves should NOT be bagged for collection. Residents should rake leaves to the curb and a special Leaf Vacuum crew will visit each neighborhood ONCE between Nov. 1 and Nov. 14, and then will make a second and FINAL pass between Nov. 15 and Nov. 26. Please see the schedule so you know which week your street will be collected. There will be NO LEAF COLLECTIONS in December as the leaves are wet with snow by then. You will need to make other arrangements for your leaves after the final November pick up.
The group Sock It To Me has been collecting socks since 2018 and have distributed more than 15,000 pairs of new socks for those in need in Portage County. They have been named a Bombas Sock Partner. The Portage County Commissioners will be proclaiming the month of October as SOCKtober, and will be encouraging sock donations throughout the county. If you would like to donate socks, please drop off new socks to the Franklin Township Hall, 218 Gougler Ave. Kent between the hours of 1-4pm.
Trick or Treat
Franklin Township will be holding Trick or Treat on Sunday, October 31st from 3-5pm.
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 the the township hall during office hours of 1-4 pm week days.
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!
Find your Adventure in Portage Parks!
Join the Wild Hikes Challenge- 2021 from Jan.1- Dec. 31 2021. Please visit Portage Parks District for more information on park amenities and accessible trails, or check out the parks page in this website for information on Hike and Bike Trails.
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
Are You a Portage county resident who has experienced financial hardship due to COVID19? Emergency funds are available if you need help paying any of the following: Rent/ Mortgage/ Electricity/ Gas/ Oil/ Propane. See this website for an application NOW : https://www.portagecounty-oh.gov/jfs
****Franklin Township COVID Protocols****
Please observe social distancing and wear masks if you have not been vaccinated and need to meet with Township employees. Township Office has resumed regular office hours of 1-4pm Monday through Friday, and the Garage will be open by appointment only. Those having appointments will be required to wear masks if not vaccinated.
Contact Road Department at 330-673-6222 or 330-673-2194 ext. 1
For Zoning issues contact Joe Ciccozzi at 330-673-2194 ext. 2
Facial Coverings in Franklin Township are only required for those that are not vaccinated.
TRUSTEE MEETINGS WILL CONTINUE TO FOLLOW THE PROTOCOLS AND PROCEDURES LISTED BELOW.
The meetings will still follow some of the Covid-19 protocols including limiting the number of participants, use of face coverings for those that are not vaccinated, social distancing, use of hand sanitizer, no Covid-19 symptoms...
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
Bridge Closed on Ravenna Road
Effective 12/21/2017 Ravenna Road Bridge # 248 is closed over the Norfolk Southern Rail Road Tracks (Near Towner's Woods in Franklin Township.) This is an indefinite closure