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Paula's Cafe & Catering

Paula’s Cafe & Catering has opened its doors at 9400 Grand Avenue in Franklin Park. Mayor Barrett Pedersen, Clerk Tommy Thomson, and Village Trustees James Caporusso, John Johnson, Andy Ybarra and Karen Special attended a ribbon cutting to welcome the business to Franklin Park. The restaurant offers Italian comfort food and is known for being the “Home of the Original Fried Meatball Sandwich,” as seen on TV. Paula is the former chef of the popular Danny’s Cafe & Deli in Melrose Park.



Shelby’s has celebrated its grand opening at 2735 Mannheim Road in Franklin Park. Mayor Barrett Pedersen and Village Trustees John Johnson and Bill Ruhl attended a ribbon cutting to welcome the business to Franklin Park. The business offers dining and video gaming in a comfortable environment.


Area Independence Day Celebrations

Northlake's Fireworks are planned for Saturday, June 27 at 9:30 PM at Centerpoint Park on Wolf Road. Entertainment will be provided from 2 PM to midnight and food will be available. Call (708) 343-8700 for more information.

Leyden Township & Veterans Park District’s Independence Day Celebration will be held at West Leyden High School on Friday, July 3. Fireworks, music, food and more! For details call, (708) 343-5270.

Elmwood Park's Freedom Festival Fireworks will be held on Saturday, July 4 at 9:30 PM at Elmwood Park High School located at Thatcher and Fullerton. Gates open at 5 PM with musical entertainment leading up to the fireworks. Food and refreshments will be available. For more information, call (708) 452-7300.

Lawn chairs and blankets recommended for all events. No coolers or alcohol, smoking or pets allowed.


Open House with Illinois Tollway Authority – July 17

The Village of Franklin Park’s Western Industrial Corridor will experience significant improvements as a part of the $3.4 billion regional Elgin O’Hare Western Access (EOWA) project. The Village will be hosting an Open House with the Illinois Tollway Authority to inform businesses and residents about the latest updates on the improvements, timeline and offer a public forum for questions about the project. Details of the meeting are as follows:

Friday, July 17th, 2015
9:00 AM
Franklin Park Police Station Community Room
9451 Belmont Avenue
Franklin Park, Illinois

Please contact the Department of Community Development & Zoning at (847) 671-8278 with any questions about the meeting.

Village-Wide Garage Sale – July 17-19

It’s time to go shopping at the Village-wide Garage Sale on July 17, 18 and 19 from 8AM to 7PM daily. If you would like to host a sale, register with the Clerk’s Office at 847-671-8242 or at clerk@vofp.com.


Village Car Show - July 24

The annual Car Show will be held on Friday, July 24 from 5 - 11 PM. The show will feature all types of antique, classic, custom, muscle and modified cars competing for trophies! There is a $10 fee to register a car payable upon arrival. Admission to the event is free!

Franklin Ave. between 25th and Ruby will be closed to traffic during event. The Car Show will take place during the Park District of Franklin Park’s Street Dance, featuring live music and food vendors. For more information, call (847) 671-4800. View and download the 2015 Street Dance Flyer to learn more.


Franklin Park Comprehensive Plan Public Kick-Off Meeting – August 4

The Village of Franklin Park is excited to begin work with the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP) to develop a new Franklin Park Comprehensive Plan, which will serve as a guide for future development and decision-making in the Village. Residents are encouraged to attend the public kick-off meeting to learn more about the planning process and take part in the discussion. Details of the meeting are as follows:

Tuesday, August 4th, 2015
6:30 PM
Franklin Park Police Station Community Room
9451 Belmont Avenue
Franklin Park, Illinois

Please contact the Department of Community Development & Zoning at (847) 671-8276 with any questions about the meeting.


Railroad Daze 2015 Visitor Survey

Thank you to everyone who ventured out for the 20th Annual Railroad Daze festival. Please share your opinions and comments on the event by completing a brief Railroad Daze Visitor Survey. We appreciate your input and look forward to seeing you next year!



Vehicle Stickers On Sale Now

Passenger car vehicle stickers are available for purchase now and must be displayed on the lower right corner of your windshield by July 1. Passenger car stickers cost $30. Vehicle stickers for all types of vehicles, including cars, trucks, motorcycles, etc., can be purchased online using the link below, at Village Hall and via mail for renewals. Seniors receive one free vehicle sticker per household. Owners of electric vehicles receive a free vehicle sticker and hybrid vehicles pay a reduced rate of $15. Call (847) 671-8200 with questions.

Click here to purchase a vehicle sticker online.

Ordinance Amends Overnight Parking Rules

Beginning on July 1, vehicles parked on Village residential streets between the hours of 2 - 6 AM will be required to display a valid Village vehicle sticker, a placard or an overnight parking permit or they will be ticketed. The new parking placard is an option for residents who bring a small business vehicle, that is registered outside of Franklin Park, to their home and need to park it in the Village overnight.

Also beginning on July 1, the Franklin Park Police Station will no longer take requests for overnight parking for guests over the phone. Overnight parking permits will only be available for purchase in person at the Police Station. For more information, call 847-671-8200 or attend the Community Presentation on June 18 at 6:30 at the Police Station. You can learn more about these changes by reading a Village Press Release and the Village's June Newsletter.

You may also download a Fact Sheet Regarding Overnight Parking Changes.

Apply Now for Sidewalk Program

Homeowners can apply for the 50/50 Sidewalk Program again this year, to help replace damaged and cracked concrete or trip hazards on the public sidewalk near their homes.The homeowner and the Village share the cost evenly. Please email jlauro@vofp.com or call 847-671-8252 if you would like to be placed on the list. The Village will contact you to make an appointment and discuss the details.


Village Launches Mobile App

A new free smartphone app will give residents instant access to the Village while on the go. Users of Android and iPhone smartphones can send in service requests, access directories of Village phone numbers, contact elected officials, and much more.

Users will be able to take a photo of a problem situation and then attach it to a service request and quickly send to the Village. The app also features a news feed that will include important information and updates about Village events and services.

To get the free Franklin Park app for iPhone you can search for “Franklin Park” in the App Store and to get the free Franklin Park app for an Android phone you can search for “Franklin Park” in Google Play/Play Store.


Maintaining Lawns and Disposing of
Yard Waste

Residents are encouraged to mow their lawn on a regular basis. Please take care to eliminate weeds growing in alleys and areas behind your home. Grass and weeds cannot exceed six inches in height because mosquitoes and rodents can hide and breed there.

Remember, yard waste cannot be put in the trash or recycling bin and must go in brown biodegradable bags and put out on garbage day. Bags can be purchased at local grocery and hardware stores. Residents can select alternatives to bagging yard waste such as mulching mowers, leaf shredders or backyard compost piles to help you and the Village to save money!

Our Village Moved Quickly In Response to Extreme Weather

The Chicago region has suffered some extreme weather over the last few years. We have been especially hard hit with torrential rains and severe summer storms. In fact, due to flooding emergencies, Illinois has declared a state of emergency 12 times since 2000. In 2011, 19 counties in Illinois experienced over 25 broken records for rainfall.

On Monday, June 15th, Franklin Park experienced another incident of extreme weather. Over 4 1/2 inches of rain fell in just a few hours. The volatility and frequency of these torrential rains make it difficult to plan ahead. And though we cannot control the weather, we can manage our reaction. That is why this month’s column is dedicated to thanking Village of Franklin Park staff for their quick, tireless and concerted efforts to assist residents in the aftermath of the storm.

Staff Assists Residents in Aftermath of Storm

Working around the clock, our Police and Fire personnel worked in tandem with staff from Streets, Utilities and the Water and Sewer Division to curb the flooding, safeguard the public, clean streets, clear sewer openings and remove debris. Our staff also walked door to door in the hardest hit areas to determine the level of damage. They advised residents to take pictures and document damage for their insurance companies. They assisted residents who had water logged furnaces or water heaters. If was not possible to quickly dry out the equipment, they connected them to local plumbers who could provide help.

The flooding also required sanitary clean-up. Cleaning up this type of back-up is an issue of public safety. Our staff contacted a professional company that assisted residents in cleaning the damaged property to adhere to health safety requirements. This incident happened on the Monday after our Annual Railroad Daze festival. The majority of our staff had worked over-time and / or volunteered throughout the weekend to make the festival a success. But not one staff member hesitated to pitch in and work together with their colleagues, neighbors and friends to deal with the aftermath of the storm. Extreme weather will continue. The only thing we can count on is its unpredictability. That is why we continue to dedicate our efforts to restoring and enhancing our Franklin Park infrastructure.

We are undergoing roadway construction, replacement of water mains, installing new storm sewers and rehabilitating existing sanitary sewers. That is why the 2014 passage of the non-Home Rule sales tax was so important to our Village. That is why the Board and I continue to seek grant opportunities at all levels of government, so we can maximize our infrastructure while limiting the burden on the taxpayer. I am proud of our efforts in that regard. But I am especially proud of the fine men and women I get to work with every day. We share a vision for the future of our great Village and a concern for our residents and neighborhoods. They demonstrated their concern and commitment after these last storms. They are what make our Village a great place to live, work and raise a family.

Thank you to all.

I hope we all enjoy the rest of our summer – flood free!

Barrett Pedersen


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