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Franklin Township
Municipality within Greene County, Pennsylvania


Public Request Contacts: T. Reed Kiger, Chairman, Board of Supervisors
and Carol T. Kraft, Secretary


Franklin Township Municipal Building
568 Rolling Meadows Road, Waynesburg, PA 15370
Phone: 724-627-5473 or 8542 / Fax: 724-627-6220
Email: franksup@comcast.net
Monday—Friday

Waynesburg Volunteer Fire Company: To Report a Fire call 911 / For Business Calls ONLY — 724-627-5426

When Franklin Township was formed in 1786-87 from Cumberland and Morgan, it included the upper (western) part of the South Fork basin. Southern Donegal Township became Finley in 1788. In 1792, Richhill was taken from southern Finley to include all of what is now western Greene County. In 1794, the Washington County court was petitioned to divide Greene into Greene, Whitely, and Dunkard. This was not acted upon until 1798, two years after Greene County was set off from Washington. It is in 18th Congressional District, the 46th Senatorial District, and the 50th Legislative District of Pennsylvania.


Franklin Township Officials: (Updated 1/16/2013)
SUPERVISORS:
T. Reed Kiger, Chairman — 724-627-5473
John Higgins, Vice Chair
Corbly Orndorff, 3rd Chair
TAX COLLECTOR: Margie E. Mason
724-852-2119
568 Rolling Meadows Rd
Waynesburg, PA 15370
SECRETARY: Carol T. Kraft — 724-627-5473 SOLICITOR: Linda Chambers
Chambers & Pratt Law Firm
724-627-9118
223 E. High Street
Waynesburg, PA 15370
AUDITORS:
Don Chappel — 724-627-8756
Bonnie Smouse — 724-627-6946
Sandy Wilson
EMA COORDINATOR: Richard Owens
724-627-9317
SEWAGE OFFICER: Mike Petrus
724-677-2741
CONSTABLE: Randall Yenchik
724-627-6205
ENGINEER: Widmer Engineering
724-228-1550
61 E. Wheeling St
Washington, PA 15301
BUILDING CODE OFFICER: Steve R. Coss
724-627-5473
Email — stevefranklinsup@comcast.net
Scheduled Meeting Dates: 2nd & 4th Monday at 1:00 p.m. — Township Building
Board Meeting Minutes: Please contact the township office for a copy of their meeting notes.
Permits and Ordiances: Please contact the township office at 724-627-5473.
Construction Information: Anyone requesting information for construction of any type of structures (residential or commercial), please contact the Franklin Township Municipal Building at 724-627-5473 or email at stevefranklinsup@comcast.net or franksup@comcast.net
ZONING HEARING BOARD:

Zoning Officer: Steve R. Coss

Zoning Board Members:
Jay Buckhalter, Chairman
Randy George
Douglas Snee
Brian Tennant
James Boudreau
Jeanie Patton, Alternate

Zoning Board Meetings:
4th Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. — Township Building
PARKS & RECREATION BOARD:

Parks & Rec Meetings:
2nd Tuesday at 1:30 p.m. or as necessary — Township Building

Board Members: George Scott, Chairman
Steven R. Coss
R. Scott Randoff
Richard Koratich
Charles Morris
TOWNSHIP PLANNING COMMISSION:

Planning Commission Members: Allen Hill, Chairman
Daniel Davis, Mike Youken, Ray Stewart, Sue Seargeant, Richard Patton, David Thomas

Planning Commission Meetings: 3rd Monday at 6:00 p.m. — Township Building

More about Franklin Township:
  • Township Formation History: When Franklin Township was formed in 1786-87 from Cumberland and Morgan, it included the upper (western) part of the South Fork basin. Southern Donegal Township became Finley in 1788. In 1792, Richhill was taken from southern Finley to include all of what is now western Greene County. In 1794, the Washington County court was petitioned to divide Greene into Greene, Whitely, and Dunkard. This was not acted upon until 1798, two years after Greene County was set off from Washington.

    Petitions as found in the Washington County courthouse for Franklin, Finley, Richhill, Dunkard, Whitely Townships. A careful reading of these petitions shows that Donegal, Finley, then Richhill included all of western Greene County. Maps are given for various periods. When Greene County was formed in 1796, it included Cumberland, Franklin, Greene, Morgan, Richhill, and a small portion of Finley. Help on this project has been received from Senator Edward Martin.

    Franklin Township June 1786: The signers from Morgan and Cumberland Townships say that they had been harassed by the Indians and did not wish to travel so far to handle legal business.

  • Children living in Franklin Township: attend school within the Central Greene School District which includes:
    • Margaret Bell Miller Middle School (724-852-2722)
    • Perry Elementary (724-324-2687)
    • Greene County Career & Technology Center (724-627-3106)
    • Waynesburg Central Elementary (724-627-3081)
    • Waynesburg Central High (724-852-1050)
    • Central Greene School District Administration Offices (724-627-8151 / Fax: 724-627-9591)

  • Voting Precinct for Franklin Township:
    1. Franklin East Precinct (Serving East Franklin): Franklin Township Administration Building, 568 Rolling Meadows Road, Waynesburg, PA 15370 (Building Phone: 724-627-5473).

    2. Franklin North Precinct (Serving North Franklin): St. George Episcopal Church, 100 Bonar Avenue (corner of 5th Street & Bonar Avenue), Waynesburg, PA 15370 (Church Phone: 724-627-8419).

    3. Franklin South Precinct (Serving South Franklin): East Franklin Grange, 2262 Smith Creek Road, Waynesburg, PA 15370 (2 miles south of Waynesburg on Rt 218) (Building Phone: 724-627-8555).

    4. Franklin West Precinct (Serving West Franklin): First Assembly of God Church, 4131 W. Roy Furman Highway, (Eastview) Waynesburg, PA 15370 - "Church in the Family Life Center Building" (Church Phone: 724-627-5356).
    For more information, contact the Greene County Elections Office at 724-852-5304.

  • Township Coordinance: Latitude 39.89639, Longitude -80.17944, & Elevation 1034 ft. Watershed used by Franktown Township is the Ohio Basin, Monongahela Subbasin (Watershed Source: www.dep.state.pa.us). The geography of Franklin Township according to the United States Census Bureau, has a total area of 106.0 km˛ (40.9 mi˛). 105.9 km˛ (40.9 mi˛) of it is land and 0.1 km˛ (0.04 mi˛) of it (0.10%) is water.

  • Climate: The average temperature for Franklin Township (Greene County) is 50.2 degrees Fahrenheit (ºF) with a maximum mean monthly temperature of 71.1ºF in July and a mean monthly low of 28.ºF in January. Precipitation averages just under 40 inches per year and is fairly evenly distributed throughout the year. May is the wettest month with an average of 4.2 inches per year and February is the driest month with 2.5 inches per year. For the years between 1971 and 2000, the average annual snowfall is 29.9 inches, with almost all of it coming between December and March (USDA, 2002). February 2003 brought a major snowstorm to the Greene County area, followed by less snowfall for the next few years. Until February 5, 2010, when all of Greene County were strapped for days due to heavy snowfalls, schools were closed for days, many area residents were without electrical power for several days, relying on other sources for heat and lighting, the entire month of February set records for snowfall and record low temperatures.

  • Deed Transfers: A deed is the document that transfers ownership of real estate. It contains the names of the old and new owners and a legal description of the property, and is signed by the person transferring the property. Property Deeds for Greene County are recorded in our Office of Register and Recorder, located in the Greene County Courthouse, Room 100, 10 East High Street, Waynesburg, PA 15370 (Phone: 724-852-5283). For more information, go to: Recorder of Deeds. Click here for deed transfers recorded within Franklin Township of Greene County, Pennsylvania.

  • Comprehensive Plan: For information on Franklin Township's Comprehensive Plan, please contact the township office at 724-627-5473 or 8542. Also see the Greene County Comprehensive Plan prepared by the Department of Economic Development.

  • Township News:
    • Dec. 10, 2012 — Franklin adopts 2013 budget; no tax hike... continue reading
Notable Mentioned within Franklin Township:
  1. Waynesburg Volunteer Fire Dept: To report a fire —
    • Click here to read article: "$10K Donation Aids Fire Company" (March 1, 2011)

  2. Schools within Franklin Township: Waynesburg Central Elementary, Central High School, Greene County Career & Technology Center - Zimmerman Drive, Waynesburg, PA

  3. Franklin Township Sewer Authority: 570 Rolling Meadows Road, Waynesburg
    • Office Phone — 724-627-9728
    • Treatment Plant Phone — 724-627-9728

  4. Health Facilities: Southeast Greene Medical Center, Rolling Meadows Nursing Home, Golden Living Nursing Home.

  5. Home of the (2007) Family Aquatic Center in Waynesburg across from the Greene County Fairgrounds and the new (2007) public tennis courts.

  6. Emerald Mine: located approximately a half a mile south of Waynesburg just north of the Cumberland Mine, in Center, Franklin and Whiteley Townships, and has been in operation since 1977. All of Emerald's coal is processed through a preparation plant before being loaded into unit trains operated by the Norfolk Southern Railroad or the CSX Railroad. The mine also has the option to ship a portion of its coal by truck. Emerald shipped 6.7 million tons of coal in 2005. As of December 31, 2005, Emerald had an assigned reserve base of approximately 98.1 million tons of coal reserves. Approximately 577 salaried and hourly employees work at Emerald.

  7. Parks & Recreation:
    • Community Park #3 (1.64 acres) (on Oakview Drive) with 2 soccer fields, concession stand, stationary and portable goals;

    • Crawford Park (1.64 acres) (on Porter Street) with Pavilion, playground, baseball field, football field, basketball court, sand volleyball court, concession stand, restrooms;

    • Elementary School Park (Waynesburg Elementary School) with a baseball field;

    • Emerald Field (10.19 acres) (on Rts 18/21) with 2 pony league baseball fields, dugouts, concession stands, bleachers, restrooms, lights, swings (owned by Emerald Mine Company);

    • Family Aquatic Center

    • Franklin Township Park (10 acres) with baseball field, volleyball fields, benches, pavilion, playground with swings;

    • Greene County Country Club — a private 18-hole course, open to members only, located along PA Route 21 in Morgan Township. It is also a semi-level course with gently rolling hills. The Country Club has a rental hall with banquet facilities, bar, clubhouse, pro shop, swimming pool, tennis court, and basketball court;

    • Greene County Fairgrounds (Roy Furman Hwy);

    • Greene County (public) Tennis Courts (Rolling Meadows Road);

    • Henderson Stables (located south of Waynesburg on Rt 218), has approximately 5 miles of equestrian trails along with a number of family ATV and mountain bike trails. There is also another stable in the area called Save a Horse Riding Stables.

    • Meadowlark Park (20.14 acres) with a walking trail, soccer field and a baseball field;

    • Manufactures Field (Waynesburg Univ) with a baseball field and a soccer field;

    • Rohanna Golf Course (SR 2026) — an 18 hole public course located along PA Route 19 in Franklin Township. It is a rolling hill style course with a restaurant, lounge, driving range, and practice green;

    • Waynesburg Lions Club Park (21 acres) (on Oakview Drive in Waynesburg) with 2 volleyball courts, 3 pavilions, restrooms, various new playground equipment, and behind the new Family Aquatic Center;

    • Waynesburg Sportsmans Club (Rolling Meadows Road)

  8. The National Guard Readiness Center (Armory) (at EverGreene Technology Park): In March 2008, U.S. Representative John P. Murtha announced that the 93-year old Captain Robert C. Wiley Armory in Waynesburg will closed and a new armory will be built in a nearby Franklin Township. The present armory, which serves as the home of Company C, 1-100th Infantry, will be re-located to an 18 acre parcel of land at the EverGreene Technology Park adjacent to the Greene County Airport. The facility will be a state of the art readiness center and will be a one story building with an assembly hall, administrative space, classrooms, locker rooms, a physical fitness room and kitchen space. A supporting facility will include a military equipment parking lot and a lot for private vehicles. The building will serve as a training center for 140 individuals one weekend a month. No live ammunition will be stored at the site.

  9. Historical Sites: Morrisville Bridge built in 1919 (on National Registry); Greene County Museum, three Mail Pouch Barns, the Greene County Fairgrounds, and the old Coallick Schoolhouse (a brick one-room schoolhouse circa 1870s, located off Rolling Meadows Road near the Greene County Historical Society Museum.

  10. Organizations: Waynesburg Baseball Asso.; Waynesburg Softball Asso.; Traveling Soccer, Greene County Youth Soccer, Waynesburg Little League Football.

  11. Churches:
    Assembly of God
    Calvary Baptist Church-Lippencott
    Church of New Hope
    Church of God of Prophecy
    Church of Christ
    Coal Lick Church
    Cornerstone Covenant Church
    Faith Baptish Church
    First Church of the Nazarene
    First Baptist Church of Lippencott
    Hillcrest Church of Christ
    Landmark Baptist Church
    Mount Pleasant Church
    Oak View United Methodist Church
    Pin Oak Church of God
    Rolling Meadows Church of God
    St. Ann Catholic Church
    St. George's Episcopal
    Trinity Baptist Church
    Willow Grove Independent Baptist Church

  12. Cemeteries: Gordon Cemetery, Green Mount Cemetery, White Church Cemetery, Oakmont Cemetery.

  13. Streams and Creeks: Garners Run, Smith Creek, Coal Lick Run, Clear Run, Ten-mile Creek, Throckmorton Run, Browns Creek, Wisecarver Run.

  14. Hunting and Gamelands, go to: Southwest Pennsylvania Game Commission
Pennsylvania Local Government:
(Information Source: wikipedia.org (Wikipedia, the Free Online Encyclopedia))
Local Government in Pennsylvania is a mosaic of 5,334 individual units. All were established by the State or provincial government and operate under laws of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Each unit is distinct and independent of other local units, although they may overlap geographically and may act together to serve the public. Franklin Township is located within Greene County, Pennsylvania, United States. The population was 7,695 at the 2000 census.

Informative Links:

For general information, please contact the Information Services
at 724-852-5399 / Toll Free: 1-888-852-5399
Greene County Office Building, 93 E. High Street, Waynesburg, PA 15370

 

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