Franklin Township

The Franklin Township hall and shop, 8735 Wright County Road 16 SE, is located one mile south of the Delano Dairy Queen, and is the official polling place for all general, primary, and township elections.

The Franklin Township board meets at the town hall the first Monday of each month, at 7 p.m. (except when the meeting date falls on a holiday, in which case meetings are the following Tuesday at 7 p.m., or if the meeting is before a primary or general election, in which case the meetings are the following Monday). An annual meeting and township election take place the second Tuesday in March. Watch the Delano Herald Journal for additional information.

Township meeting agendas and minutes may be found online at

Township officials

The town board consists of three elected supervisors, one appointed clerk/treasurer, and one appointed deputy clerk/treasurer/assistant.

  • Clerk/Treasurer: Stephanie Russek (763) 923-4284; Deputy Clerk/Treasurer/Assistant: Renee Olson (763) 639-4345.
  • Supervisors Mike Barfknecht (952) 955-6255, John Czanstkowski Sr. (612) 916-4106, and Bill McMullen (763) 972-6274. Franklin Township’s road maintenance staff consists of two full-time employees.

Burning permits

Burning permits are required and may be obtained at permits. Permits obtained through this system are valid for the calendar year in which they are purchased, but must be activated each day burning occurs. The fee for this annual open burning permit is $5.

Permits may also be obtained at a cost of $1 for a three-day permit. Call any fire warden listed to get a burning permit: Robert Bauman (763) 972-2132, John Czanstkowski Sr. (763) 972-2344, Geri Hagelin (952) 955-1619, or Al Steinbach (952) 955-1910.


Single-sort, curbside recycling for every resident of Franklin Township is picked every other Wednesday. A recycling schedule, along with pertinent township information, is mailed out each April to every township resident. Randy’s Environmental Services is the township’s provider.


Franklin Township does not provide sanitation services. Contact a local garbage hauler for information on pick-ups.

Building permits, etc.

Building permits are required and can be obtained through the Wright County Planning and Zoning office, 10 Second Street NW, Buffalo, MN 55313, (763) 682-7338.

The township road right-of-way is usually 66 feet (33 feet from the center of the township road). A good rule of thumb is to keep everything back 15 feet from the edge of the right-of-way. To obtain the required permit to work within the township right-of-way or for additional information, call any board member, the clerk, or deputy clerk.

Driveway/culvert permits are required. The cost is $20. Call any board member to get this permit before starting any work.

911 signs are required and cost $80 for the sign, post, delivery and installation. Call any board member to order.

The township board also reminds residents to not push snow across township roads. Contact any of the township board members if there are any issues or questions regarding the township.