Franklin Township

Information updated March 2019

The Franklin Township hall and shop is located at 8735 Wright County Road 16 SE 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. An annual meeting and township election takes place the second Tuesday in March.

Township meeting agendas and minutes may be found online at www.co.wright.mn.us/township/franklin.asp

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. Email address: franklintwnshp@gmail.com
  • Supervisors: John Czanstkowski Sr. 612-916-4106, Mike Barfknecht 612-221-3657, 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 www.dnr.state.mn.us/burningpermits. 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).

Recycling

Single-sort, curbside recycling for every resident of Franklin Township is picked up 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.

Sanitation

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 road). A good rule of thumb is to keep everything back 15 feet from the edge of the road. 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. Call any board member to get this permit before starting any work.

911 signs are required and cost $87 for the sign, post, delivery, and installation. Call any board member to order.

The township board also reminds residents of the Minnesota state statute that prohibits pushing snow across township roads.