Franklin Township supervisors adopted a speed limit ordinance for two developments Tuesday.
Previously, roads in Saw Mill Run and Tall Oaks developments had no official speed limits. As part of the ordinance, 25 mph speed limit signs will be posted, and the roads will now be patrolled by Franklin Township police officers to cut down on speeding.
The ordinance becomes effective Sept. 1, and any person convicted of driving faster than the limit will be fined $35 to start.
In addition to the $35 base fine, any person caught traveling at more than 5 mph above the posted speed limit will be fined $2 per mile for each mile above 30 mph.
Also Tuesday, supervisors heard from several township residents who oppose a nuisance ordinance the board may adopt as early as September.
''If I'm not mistaken, this started out as a junk car ordinance,'' said resident Lynn Hearn. ''Now there are things in here that have nothing to do with junk cars.''
The ordinance would limit the number of unregistered cars to three per property and require that any unregistered, scrapped, partially dismantled or inoperable vehicles be completely hidden from public view by trees, fences or enclosed garages.
But, it will also place restrictions on broken furniture, household appliances and abandoned or unusable equipment.
The ordinance would not apply to agricultural machinery and equipment, as long as it does not pose a danger to the public.
Written notices from the Franklin Township Police Department would be sent as initial warnings to violators of the ordinance, who would then have 30 days to fix the problem.
Part of the ordinance states that when the situation is not corrected, the township and its police officers have the right to enter the premises to remedy the problem.
In extreme cases, violators could be subject to fines not exceeding $1,000 and prison sentences not exceeding 30 days.
''It's simple,'' said township resident Steve Trinkle. ''Get rid of your junk. Anything you want to keep, hide it.''
Ashley Kosciolek is a freelance writer.