The Washington County Comprehensive Plan Needs Your Input
Washington County is in the process of updating its Comprehensive Plan that will define its goals for years to come! The County’s last comprehensive plan was adopted in 2005 and has been guiding the direction of the County until now. This is your chance to voice your opinion on the goals and strategies for the next decade or longer.
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Secretary of Agriculture Shares Scary Thought
Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding reminds Pennsylvanians to be vigilant against the Spotted Lanternfly
Spotted Lanternfly bugs are beginning to lay eggs on flat surfaces to hatch in the spring. “Every Spotted Lanternfly egg mass not scraped and destroyed now is up to 50 more of these invasive, destructive bugs we can expect to hatch next spring,” said Redding. “We need every Pennsylvanian to hunt for egg masses this fall and winter and destroy them – or we’re in for a scary spring.”
Spotted Lanternfly egg masses are a light gray wax-like substance that take on the appearance of mud and include 30-50 eggs. Egg masses can be found on many flat surfaces including trees, rocks, and outside objects such as picnic tables, playground equipment, grills, and sidings of homes.
Property owners can scrape egg masses whenever encountered using a hard or rigid tool such as a credit card, putty knife, or a stick. Research has not yet confirmed whether egg masses can survive if scraped onto the ground, so it is best to scrape the egg masses in a downward motion into a container or bag with rubbing alcohol or hand sanitizer. Click here for more.
North Franklin Township Receives LSA Grant
We are happy to announce that North Franklin has received a $150,000 grant through the Washington County Local Share Account Program to be used toward the cost of our new municipal building. These grants are administered by the Redevelopment Authority of the County of Washington on behalf of the Washington County Board of Commissioners. LSA funds are distributed annually through grants from the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED). We would like to thank the Washington County Board of Commissioners and the Redevelopment Authority of the County of Washington for their support!
WCCF Grant received by Lincoln Hill Playground
We are pleased to announce that North Franklin Township has been approved by the Washington County Community Foundation for a grant totaling $5,000 from the Craig Gnagey Memorial Fund and the Alvin W. & Carol L. Berthold Fund for the Lincoln Hill Community Park Improvement Project. The grant funds will be used in conjunction with the donation received from the Winston Family to make needed upgrades to the playground. North Franklin is grateful for the work of the WCCF and the Lincoln Hill Playground Committee to improve the lives of our children.
The Lincoln Hill Playground has received a generous $10,000 donation from Mr. Robin Winston and the Winston family. Mr. Winston is a former North Franklin Township resident and is now a Principal in one of the largest minority-owned government relations, community affairs and public outreach firms in the nation. The Lincoln Hill Playground Committee hopes to match this contribution with grant funds to improve the playground, and the quality of life, for the children in North Franklin.
The Supervisors would like to thank the Winston Family for this tremendous gift! They would also like to commend the members of the Lincoln Hill Playground Committee for their ongoing commitment to this effort! By working together, you are making a daily impact on the lives of our youngest residents and on behalf of the entire Township, we thank you!
North Franklin Township Receives Growing Greener Watershed Protection Grant
The grant award is part of the DEP’s Growing Greener Plus Program, the largest single investment of state funds in Pennsylvania’s history to address Pennsylvania’s critical environmental concerns of the 21st century.
The $65,000 grant will help fund streambank stabilization in North Franklin Township and will help the Township to meet its MS4 Permit requirements. We would like to thank DEP Secretary Patrick McDonnell and PA Governor Tom Wolf for selecting our project and helping us to reduce sediment pollution in our local waterways!
North Franklin Township Receives DCNR Grant
The $36,000 grant award is part of the Community Conservation Partnerships Program administered by the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) and will help to fund a Master Site Development Plan for the park property that was purchased by the North Franklin Recreation and Business Improvement Authority in 2016.
We would like to thank Cindy Adams Dunn, the Secretary of the DCNR and Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf for supporting our effort to provide a place for people to connect with nature in their own community. We look forward to working with the DCNR to implement this project which will contribute to the quality of life for our residents!
DCNR is the primary source of state support for Pennsylvania recreation, parks, and conservation initiatives. Grant funding from DCNR assists hundreds of communities and organizations across Pennsylvania to plan, acquire, and develop recreation and park facilities, create trails, and conserve open space.
“Pennsylvania’s local parks, trails, and natural areas create many opportunities to be active outdoors. They define our communities and make them places where people want to live, work and play,” said Tom Ford, director of DCNR’s Bureau of Recreation and Conservation. “Our grants help our local partners meet the vision they have for their communities and regions.”
Funding for the grants comes from the Keystone Recreation, Park and Conservation Fund (Key 93), the Environmental Stewardship Fund (Growing Greener 1), and federal funding sources.