New Franklin Register
Articles from The New Franklin Register
By Don Hebbard
New York State Real Property Tax Law [RPTL] Section 487, adopted in 1977, provides a 15-year real property taxation exemption for solar, wind, and farm waste energy systems. These energy generating systems are considered to be capital improvements to the real property, and received this exemption from taxation to encourage their construction. The Franklin Town Board has passed Local Law 2-2016, opting out of Section 487. This allows all residential, municipal, and commercial systems to be added to the real property tax base.
This idea to remove the NYS tax exemption was first proposed to the Delaware County Board of Supervisors. Every municipal entity (county, town, village) and all school districts will have to make a decision to continue the NYS exemption, or choose to “opt out.” For forty years, NYS has been offering incentives for residences, small businesses, schools, and municipalities to install solar and wind systems to reduce their energy bills, and often as a personal action to reduce greenhouse gas creation from burning fossil fuels. Continue reading…
By Alexis Greene
Entering Franklin Durable Goods, the antiques shop on Main Street, is a bit like walking into a sea of enticing objects, as waves of alluring – if sometimes odd – items wash over you, drawing you deeper into this unique emporium.
Here a metal statue of a tiger, there glass bottles from some long-ago pharmacy. Here a spear for snaring eels, there steel hooks to lift ton-bags of grain. All this and more, artfully displayed on a pool table or a staircase or even (upstairs) on a coffin, to catch your attention and make you want to touch, pick up or marvel.
The proprietor of this adventure in collecting is Neil Rochmis, who runs the business with Franklin’s village mayor, Tom Briggs. And it is Rochmis who can usually be found sitting behind a counter, Friday through Sunday, noon to 5 p.m., playing scrabble on his laptop, talking to his dog, Sidney, or explaining the provenance of an unusual item to a potential customer. Continue reading…
By Mary Ellen Collier
People around town may notice that the Franklin Free Library has removed a large old maple tree on the west lawn. By the time you read this, the second old maple may be gone as well.
This is the exciting beginning of a major upgrade to the Library. Plans are being implemented to create a cellar entryway into the Library, with a wide level walkway from the village sidewalk. Patrons will be able to use wheelchairs, scooters or walkers to get easily to the new entryway. Once inside, a personal wheelchair elevator will provide access to the Main Floor, for programs and the book collections. A new Reading Room is being planned in an area inside the new entryway. The current bathroom will be enlarged and new fixtures will make it accessible for people in wheelchairs. The emergency exit at the rear of the Library will be enlarged and ramped for accessible, safer exiting.
Library Board members applied for and have been awarded a generous grant from The O’Connor Foundation to begin the rehabilitation of the bathroom and rear exit. The Library has also applied for a substantial grant from the New York State Library Construction Grant Program. Although results of our application won’t be known until next June, it has passed several hurdles and hopefully will be successful. Continue reading…
Courtesy of Your Greater Franklin Chamber of Commerce
Inserted into each copy of issue #30 of The New Franklin Register is a single-page survey to measure our readers’ feelings about and participation in the local economy.
The Greater Franklin Chamber of Commerce, whose primary mission is to enhance and support local business in and around the Town of Franklin, needs your help to determine what is important to Franklin’s residents and visitors, as well as what might be needed in our community in terms of business and services.
Please take a few moments to respond to the survey. Those returned by December 15th will be entered in a raffle. Two numbers will be drawn, each to win a $25 gift certificate to Wise Guys Pizza of Franklin. (Please note: A name and phone number must be included on your returned survey to be eligible to win.)
Survey results will be presented in the Spring 2017 issue of The New Franklin Register.
Please respond! Your participation and feedback is important to Franklin’s economic future!
Fill out online: FranklinNY.org
Or download a copy of the survey to print and return — click here to download the survey and either…
* Mail: Franklin Chamber, PO Box 814, Franklin NY 13775
* Drop-off: Chamber’s drop box at the Franklin Post Office
The survey refers to the Franklin NY Comprehensive Plan of 2006 which is available on this website.
By Lisa A. Heimbauer
Please join us for the Franklin Christmas Stroll on Saturday, December 10th, from 1 to 5 p.m. It will include seven houses within the Village and two others within the town limits. Tickets will be sold at the Franklin Fire House (at the Holiday Market) from 12:45 p.m. to 4 p.m. on December 10th. Stroll tickets will be $10 per person or $15 per couple.
The Annual Christmas Stroll in Franklin and other events of the day:
Book Readings at the Franklin Free Library, 10am
- Grandma’s Pantry (bazaar and lunch), Franklin United Methodist Church, 11am – 3pm
- The Holiday Market, at the Franklin Fire House, music by Jason Starr, 12noon – 4pm
- Franklin Christmas Stroll, 1 – 5pm
purchase tickets at the Franklin Fire House, $10 per person or $15 per couple
- Christmas Trees and Trains, Franklin Railroad and Community Museum, 1 – 5pm
- Franklin Stage Company, play reading at 4pm
- Tree Lighting in the Franklin Village Park at 5:30pm, followed by arrival of Santa and Mrs. Claus at 6pm
join them for carols and candy canes
- Crafts, cookies, hot chocolate and photos with Santa and Mrs. Claus at the Franklin Fire Hall, approximately 6:30pm
- Franklin Central School Senior Class Lasagna Dinner in the school auditorium, 4 – 7pm
$8 per adult, $5 per child
During the day, please visit our local businesses in the Village of Franklin.
By Don Hebbard
On October 10, 2006, the Town Board adopted a Comprehensive Plan for the Town of Franklin. This document was the result of months of work by citizens and town officials.
The stated mission: “To guide future growth and development within the Town of Franklin in a manner that respects the town’s rural character, so that its unique sense of place is enhanced, its agriculture, historic, and natural resources protected; and its social and economic vitality ensured for years to come.”
A lofty mission statement at the time, which should still be applicable today.
The Comprehensive Plan covered many topics: land use, natural resource protection, agriculture and farmland protection, historic preservation, community aesthetics, traffic, recreation, community service, watershed protection, and economic development. Assessment of the situation in 2006 was documented for each topic, and recommendations were developed for the future of each area. Continue reading…
By Marc Burgin
Franklin has seen a number of chambers of commerce come and go over the years. The most recent began with an informal meeting at Bennett’s Funeral Home in December of 1979. Frank Millen, of Millen’s Flowers and Gifts, organized the meeting. Then he began work on incorporation with Marc Hildebrand, whose law office in the village is now the Gone Local Marketplace.
In February of the following year, Marc Burgin (Burgin’s Auto), Bill Kelsey (Robinson-Kelsey Department Store) and Jim Hyzer (Jim’s Restaurant, now The Tulip and The Rose) signed the incorporation papers. Millen was the first president, and Burgin the first vice president. The mission statement was and still is: To advance the economic, industrial, professional, cultural, and civic welfare of the greater Franklin area. Continue reading…
By Ray Pucci
Think of the phrase “chamber of commerce” and you’re likely to come up with images of someone with a perpetual smile and pleasant voice, equally ready to welcome visitors with a local brochure or glad-hand a local elected official. While some of that is certainly true, the primary role of a chamber of commerce – whether it’s one that focuses on a single community or an entire county – is to create collaborative partnerships that will support the community in measurable and sustainable ways.
A chamber of commerce is a voluntary partnership of business and professional people working together to build a healthy economy and to improve the quality of life in a community. As a chamber works to accomplish these goals, it must be able to take on many different functions: economic developer and planner, tourist information center, business spokesperson, economic counselor and teacher, government relations specialist, human resources advisor, and public relations practitioner. Continue reading…