Township lays out plan to deal with COVID-19 spread

The Franklin Township board of trustees held a special meeting on March 17 to make decisions regarding how the township will deal with the current COVID-19 outbreak.

• Effective immediately and going forward, all meetings and hearings taking place at the Township Hall will be limited to township officials and staff members. Per a recent directive from Attorney General Dave Yost, meetings will be broadcast live and in real time through Facebook Live where residents and stakeholders can join in to observe and be a part of the meeting.

• No township employees will be attending block watches directly. The township encourages block watch captains and members to continue communication with the township’s police department.

• If the need arises, employees working within Township Hall will be able to work remotely, but will still be available to help direct citizens to the appropriate departments and agencies.

• The police, fire, road and building departments will continue to be engaged in the community, taking essential calls and performing their duties.

• The police department asks that all non-emergency calls be referred to online reporting at If you have an emergency or an immediate threat, call 911.

• The fire department is unable to allow visitors to the fire stations at this time. Signs will be posted at both stations notifying visitors of phone numbers to call for health-related issues and general assistance.

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