The Trails Advisory Committee (TAC) members are

Jack Connolly
Mark Fortin
Vanessa Jones
James Kuligowski, Vice Chair
S. Dana Oley
Ann-Marie Orlusky
Govind Shesadri
Charles E. Martin, Ph. D

Phillip Kramer, Council Liaison
Fran Varacalli, Consultant


The TAC has adopted the following goals:

Identifying Funding for Trails—including funds to engineer the proposed North-South Trail.

The ordinance that established the TAC states: 

A Township of Franklin Trails Advisory Committee is hereby established to involve trail users and Township residents in advising Township departments, the Manager and the Council on issues related to trail acquisition, design, maintenance and use. 
The Township of Franklin Trails Advisory Committee is advisory to the Mayor, the Manager and Township Council and makes recommendations to promote, protect and assist in development of enjoyable, safe, convenient trail opportunities for pedestrians, bicyclists, and equestrians throughout the Township of Franklin planning area. Duties of the Trails Advisory Committee include:



  1. identifying current and future trails interests and needs of the community;
  2. identifying trail opportunities and options during development review, and analyzing alternatives for maximum potential benefit;
  3. making recommendations to the Township Council on trail policies and design issues;
  4. making recommendations on acquisition and development of trail facilities, and trail use;
  5. conducting trail surveys for maintenance and safety recommendations;
  6. reviewing and commenting on public and private development actions to promote trails interests; and
  7. other related duties.