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.
OUR SPOTLIGHT IS ON
Portage County Health District
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.
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
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
JUDSON ROAD CLOSURES
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
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.
CITY OF KENT PARAMEDICINE PROGRAM
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.
OPEN BURNING IS PROHIBITED IN FRANKLIN TOWNSHIP!!
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.
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 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.