Stop signs to be installed along Hopkins Avenue in Franklin Township

By Amanda Ensinger
Staff Writer

Safety measures will be implemented in a Franklin Township intersection.

At a recent meeting, the Franklin Township trustees discussed the ongoing situation at Forest Drive and Hopkins Avenue regarding speeding and accidents.

“The Franklin County Engineer’s Office has been receiving reports from residents and has granted permission for Franklin Township to create a four-way stop at that intersection,” said Franklin Township trustee John Fleshman.

Franklin Township Road Superintendent Jim Stevens said that the solution should also include Hopkins Avenue and Shady Lane, where there have been reports of speeding and traffic accidents.

“The project is a 30-day process which requires posting public notices of a change in a traffic pattern, putting up road signs notifying drivers of the traffic pattern change, and placing physical stop signs and paint stop bars on the road,” Stevens said.

Stevens said drivers need to become familiar with the change which may take some time.

The board approved a resolution to install a four-way stop sign at Hopkins Avenue and Forest Drive, as well as Hopkins Avenue and Shady Lane.

In other news, Franklin Township Administrator Mark Potts gave an update on new security measures.

“The firewalls have been installed to improve security to Franklin Township computers,” Potts said. “Unfortunately, the process did shut down the phone system which is being fixed.”

Potts also mentioned that Facebook has been shutting out certain groups. He said that he has been receiving messages from Facebook and he has been forced to post meeting notices on the police page.

“The IT company’s recommendation is to shut down existing Facebook pages and start new ones,” Potts said. “The township’s Twitter and Instagram pages are functioning.”
The board also gave an update on meeting minutes. All minutes are now updated.

“I like the new changes in the minutes related to how well the information flows and the easy-to-read format,” Fleshman said.

The Franklin Township Fire Department had some big news to report at the meeting. Chief James Welch announced his retirement, with his last day being Jan. 17, 2022.

The board said while they are sad to see Welch retire, they are thankful for everything he has done for the township. The board approved creating a hiring committee to find a new fire chief. The committee includes Franklin Township Administrator Mark Potts, Chief James Welch, a union representative, and a member of the board of trustees.


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