**All City of Franklin buildings (except Municipal Court) are 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 exists. 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
Governor Evers Emergency Order No. 1 relating to preventing the spread of COVID-19 by requiring face coverings in certain situations / Face Covering FAQ
July 6, 2020 - The Franklin Health Department is proud to have had the opportunity to work with so many local businesses in every sector of our community to put COVID-19 safety plans in place to protect workers, patrons, and the general public. The hard work and dedication of these businesses and our residents have allowed us to begin to enjoy some of the activites we missed earlier this year. However, with an increase in opportunities outside the home comes an increase in the risk for contracting and transmitting COVID-19. In many areas of the country and our own State the numbers of those testing positive for COVID-19 have begun to trend upwards. Unfortunately, we are now starting to see this trend creep into Franklin as well proving that COVID-19 is still very present in our area. It is even more important than ever that we all play our role in preventing the spread of COVID-19. Read more.
We encourage business owners to consult the Safe Opening Capacity Guideline to prevent future spread of COVID-19 cases.
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 - July 6, 2020
Latest COVID-19 disease statistics for the City, County, and State:
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
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.
MUNICIPAL COURT: Due to COVID-19, there will be no in-person or phone court sessions for August. Anyone who was scheduled for an August court date will be sent a letter rescheduling their date. If you have recently moved or changed addresses, please notify Municipal Court staff immediately. Court staff are available via phone at 414-425-4768 during regular office hours of M-F, 8 am to 3:30 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 [use Pay Location Code #5897, Citation No(s) and Amount(s)]. For more information, please visit the Municipal Court page.
SENIOR DINING: TO-GO LUNCHES PROVIDED ONLY; RESERVATIONS REQUIRED - SEE COMPLETE DETAILS.
Ball Park Commons
BPC Public-Private Partnership Information
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.
Engage Franklin Seeking Tourism Director
The Franklin Tourism Commission is partnering with ROC Ventures, developer of Ballpark Commons, to create a new independent tourism initiative called Engage Franklin. Engage Franklin will hire a full-time Tourism Director to be housed in the ROC Ventures office building next to the Milwaukee Milkmen Stadium, which has been renamed "Franklin Field" to reflect the Milwaukee Milkmen's home community and to help Engage Franklin with branding the City of Franklin for visitors. This partnership and stadium name will complement the Tourism Comission's placemaking efforts that are already underway with gateway signs and City banners throughout the community. Along with full-time dedicated staffing to support tourism efforts in Franklin, Engage Franklin is creating a Visitors Center where guests can gather information on all the fun things to do, experiences to be had, places to stay, and things to eat here in Franklin. Tourism Director Job Description / Apply here by August 18th.
Historic Buildings Open for Public Touring
On Saturday, August 15th, the Franklin Historical Society will open their historic buildings for public touring from 1 to 3 p.m. In the Franklin Town Hall there are two new impressive displays of Native American projectile points (arrowheads) and original carvings from the Sacred Hearts Church known today as St. Martin of Tours. Other displays include the Gross/Miller Family Collection, Weaving, General Store, Evolution of Clothes Washing, Old-fashioned Kitchen, and others. These historic buildings are located in Lions Legend Park right across the street from the back parking lot of City Hall. Free family event!
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.
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.
St. Martins Fair Cancelled for 2020
Due to a number of factors surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2020 St. Martins Labor Day Weekend Fair is cancelled. We look forward to seeing you at the 2021 St. Martins Fair.
Franklin Notification System