The several parts of our local government each have their own powers and responsibilities. The Board of Education teaches our children. The Fire Department and EMS aid us in emergencies. The Highway Supervisor maintains and improves the roads. The Town Justice judges the accused. The Town Clerk keeps records, collects taxes, and issues licenses. Continue reading…
By Joan Cronauer
Sixty years ago, a group of wise and caring men in the town of Franklin realized there was a need for emergency care in the community. The Franklin Emergency Squad was organized by charter members John Burgin, Richard Johnson, Kenneth Simmons, Edward Slawson, Walter Stilson, Hubert Worden, and twin brother high school students, Richard and Robert Underwood.
By Bob Miller
Chemical and oil companies, and businesses that genetically modify food claim they have the only solution to reversing the growing problems of world hunger. We at Enviro Energy think there is a better way, by bringing back the use of carbon (biochar) to the soil. I would like to tell you about what we have been doing towards this problem for the last six years.
Franklin residents may have not imagined that a finished Constitution pipeline would be much of a problem – unless they are landowners along the route. It would be just a hundred foot wide clear-cut stretching ten miles across Franklin from Route 357 west of the East Sidney Dam to Route 28 up on Franklin Mountain.
By Mike Bernhard
Recently, fracking promoters in Afton circulated a reprint of a press release in the Binghamton Press & Sun-Bulletin. The headline, “Marcellus fee nets $22M for Pa. Counties,” intended to suggest that gas revenues flowing to local government would reduce the tax burden of homeowners here in Afton and/or provide funds for services that local authorities sought to provide their residents. That suggestion is a mirage.
First of all, the funds at issue are not taxes collected by the localities in question, but 40% of the “impact fees” collected by the state on a per-well basis, not on the well’s output. Pennsylvania is only one of two gas-producing states that does not impose a severance tax (a state-level tax based on the output of the well), which in other gas-producing states is available to fund education, health, infrastructure and other social programs. The other state without a severance tax: New York. Continue reading…
By Andy Bobrow
It is hard to say whether the ability to see into the future might be a gift or a curse. I, for one, am not so sure I would want to know with any certainty what I will be facing – or when. Yet, it is essential that, individually and collectively, we try to envision the possibilities and determine what our course of action will be.
Yes, the Town of Franklin has undertaken this potentially painful exercise and has developed a plan for its future. In fact, the Town adopted a Comprehensive Plan back in 2007 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 agricultural, historic, and natural resources protected, and its social and economic vitality ensured for years to come
Download a PDF copy of the New Franklin Register Issue #24 (3.2 MB) by clicking on the image. This is a special election issue due in local mailboxes the weekend of November 1, 2014. See the index of this issue, and links to all previous issues, on the index page.
Issue #24, Vol. VIII No. 3, Fall 2014