**All City of Franklin buildings (except the Franklin Public Library and Municipal Court) are now open to the public. We are encouraging travel within City buildings to be limited to essential business needs only. If business can be completed online, we encourage residents to do so by visiting the respective department web pages or contacting the specific department via phone or email. Social distancing of 6 feet or greater will be followed within all City buildings, increased cleaning of high-touched surfaces will occur every 1 to 2 hours by building maintenance staff, and barrier/shield devices have also been added to department counters. Please see all other COVID-19 related information below under "Community Spotlight".
Thank you for your dedication and cooperation during this pandemic. The virus still exits. As a community we have done a great job in preventing a lot of infection but we need to remain vigilant. Remember to follow social distancing of at least 6 feet, wash hands often for 20 or more seconds, use alcohol-based hand sanitizer, cover your cough and sneezes (into sleeve or elbow, not hands), and stay home if sick. Stay safe and healthy.
Coronavirus Directives & Restrictions
As we continue to work our way back toward a safe re-opening of all businesses and recreational opportunities in our City, I want to thank all of you for your dedication to the Franklin community by doing your part to slow the spread of COVID-19. Beginning Friday, May 22, 2020, all businesses in the City of Franklin may re-open if they choose, following safe business practices and implementing physical distancing and protective measures for all staff and patrons. The attached letter and Safe Opening Capacity Guidance documents provide additional information for residents and businesses to prevent future spread of COVID-19 cases. It is up to each of us to play our part in protecting ourselves, our families, our customers, and our community moving forward.
May 31st Property Tax Installment Due Date Extended to September 30, 2020 for Property Owners Current with Property Tax Installments as of April 1, 2020
Community Letter from the City of Franklin Director of Health & Human Services/Health Officer - May 19, 2020
Press Release 5/19/2020: Expiration of Emergency Health Order #1
CDC COVID-19 Symptom Checker
Community COVID-19 Testing Sites for those who do not have a doctor or if their doctor does not approve testing for them.
Face Covering Do's and Dont's
Coronavirus (COVID-19) Status Update for Franklin, Milwaukee County & WI 5/29/2020
City of Franklin Health Department COVID-19 Status Update as of 5/29/2020
CDC Coronavirus Fact Sheet / Stop the Spread of Germs
FRANKLIN CARES: There are community volunteers available to support Franklin neighbors with non-medical needs during this time of physical distancing. If you or someone you know needs food or prescriptions delivered, help to find childcare, or someone to call and check on them, please fill out this online request form to be matched by FRANKLIN CARES with a volunteer, or call FRANKLIN CARES at 414-301-1489. Email FRANKLIN CARES with any additional comments or suggestions. If interested in being added to the volunteer registry, please complete registration form.
FRANKLIN PUBLIC LIBRARY: Franklin Public Library will continue to be closed to the public through June 7 to prepare the library and library staff for a limited service re-opening. Upon reopening on June 8, there will be a limit of 75 patrons in the building at one time. Curbside delivery and online/digital resources and telephone services along with online programming will continue after the reopening. For those who do not have a library card, please call the Library at 414-425-8214 and they can help you set up an account over the phone.
MUNICIPAL COURT: All June in-person Municipal Court dates for the City of Franklin have been cancelled. Defendants will be notified via mail of their new court dates. If anyone had received notice for court appearances on June 16 or June 17, Municipal Court will be attempting to contact as many people via phone to resolve some cases. If you are not sure if Municipal Court has your telephone number, please call Municipal Court prior to June 16/17 to provide that information. If you have recently moved or changed addresses, please notify Municipal Court staff immediately. Court staff will be available via phone at 414-425-4768 during regular office hours of M-F, 8 am to 3 pm. Payments can be placed in the drop box in the lobby, paid in-person in the lobby, mailed, or paid online at www.GovPayNow.com, Pay Location Code #5897, Citation No(s) and Amount(s).
SENIOR DINING: TO-GO LUNCHES PROVIDED ONLY; RESERVATIONS REQUIRED - SEE COMPLETE DETAILS.
May 31st Property Tax Installment Due Date Extended
The May 31, 2020 Property Tax installment due date has been extended to September 30, 2020 for those property owners who were current with property tax installments as of April 1, 2020. The May 31, 2020 installment payment has been extended to September 30, 2020 without interest or penalty. Payments made after July 31, 2020 must be made to the Milwaukee County Treasurer and not to the Franklin Treasurer.
In April, 2020, the Wisconsin Legislature enacted Act 185, which provided the first step in extending the due date. Act 185 required the Milwaukee County Board to adopt enabling legislation for the due date extension. The Milwaukee County Board took that action on May 28, 2020. Act 185 required the Franklin Common Council to take a similar enabling action subsequent to the Milwaukee County Board action. As the County did not act until May 28, 2020, the Franklin Common Council met May 28, 2020 and adopted its enabling action, providing this relief.
The City will NOT send any reminder notices on this installment due date. It is the responsibility of the taxpayer to make timely payments when due. Failure to make timely payment will incur interest/penalty charges dating back to February 1, 2020.
Water Utility Evaluating Options for Water Contract
The City of Franklin Water Utility is currently evaluating and considering options for obtaining its drinking water when its current contract with the City of Oak Creek expires in 2024. To educate Franklin Water Customers on this issue, a letter was distributed to all residents in July 2019. A growing list of Questions and Answers has also been developed for more information. If you would like to ask a question of your own, please contact City Engineer Glen Morrow via email or at 414-425-7510.
Flooding - 8600 Block of S. 116th Street
The Franklin DPW has been monitoring a flooding situation in the 8600 block of S. 116th Street and barricaded as appropriate. Conditions are imminent such that DPW is on standby and prepared to close the road to all through traffic. The closure will occur between 8570 and 8628 S. 116th Street, which will likely remain closed until summer when the flooding issue is resolved. For your safety and convenience, please plan your commutes accordingly to avoid this area. Please call 425-7510 with questions.
Volunteers Needed for Boards & Commissions
Are you interested in serving on a City Board, Commission, or Committee? View complete details on the various Boards and Commissions, the list of vacancies that currenlty exist, and a link to the Volunteer Fact Sheet form.
Franklin Notification System
Ball Park Commons
BPC Public-Private Partnership Information