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Mayor Will Host Telephone Town Hall with Congressman Quigley – August 25


Mayor Barrett Pedersen will host a special telephone town hall with Congressman Mike Quigley who represents Franklin Park in Congress, on Tuesday, August 25 at 6:30 PM. The Congressman will join the Mayor to discuss issues facing our district including the COVID-19 pandemic, investment in education and transportation, capital improvements, unemployment and renewable energy and to answer your questions regarding federal programs such as Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, Veteran’s benefits and more. If you do not receive a phone call from the Village at that time, you can join the live discussion toll free by calling (847) 443-1196..

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Village Wide Garage Sale -- August 21, 22 and 23


Have you been cleaning and need to eliminate some of your stuff? Consider selling it during the Village-wide Garage Sale! Are you a bargain hunter? You might just find that treasure you have been looking for during the Village’s three-day event on August 21, 22 and 23 held daily from 8 AM to 7 PM. The list of homes participating in the sale will be available at the Clerk’s

Office at Village Hall or on this site a few days before the sale. If you would like to be included in the sale, email clerk@vofp.com or call 847-671-8242 no later than August 15. Registration to participate is not necessary, but your address will not be included on the list unless you register. Please remember to practice social distancing and to wear a face mask during the sale.

Public Access to Village Hall with Limited Hours


Beginning July 13, Village Hall will be open to the public,Monday through Friday from 8 AM to Noon. Please use this website to access forms that can be filled out in advance to help speed processing. We anticipate long wait times at Village Hall for those who are coming to make water bill payments or purchase vehicle stickers. Please use the drop box or online bill pay if possible for water bills here The Village strongly encourages residents and businesses to use our convenient online bill payment system to pay water bills here: http://www.villageoffranklinpark.com/departments/finance/. If you have questions regarding bill payments or vehicle sticker purchases, call (847) 671-4800. Also, please contact us if you need to make special arrangements to facilitate assistance with payments.   

Everyone entering Village Hall will be required to wear a face mask or covering and to maintain a social distance of six feet or more while in the building. Only a limited number of visitors will be allowed in the building at one time and you may be required to wait outside until it is safe for you to enter.  

Residents 60 years or older and anyone with an underlying health condition or disability, are encouraged to visit Village Hall from 8 to 9 AM, Monday through Friday. The Village is asking the community to please refrain from visiting during this time that is being set aside for seniors and those with health issues so they can be accommodated quickly.

The Building Department will be open for walk-ins and encourages anyone seeking a permit to visit Village Hall between the hours of 9 AM and Noon. Special arrangements can also be made by calling (847) 671-8245. Permits can be obtained by using our online services. You can fill out forms and put them in the parking lot drop box and someone will contact you to pick up the permit. Go to  http://www.villageoffranklinpark.com/departments/building/ 

The Clerk’s Office will be open for walk-ins from AM and Noon but is encouraging you to utilize online services if possible. For forms or questions, you can email at clerk@vofp.com or call (847) 671-8242.  Garage sale registration, yard party and/or Freedom of Information Act request forms are available at the Clerk's page at or by calling the Clerk's Office. Return forms via email or by using the Village drop box. Garage sale registration can also be done by calling the Clerk’s Office, about a week in advance of a sale and a confirmed registration will be mailed to you.  Passport services are suspended until further notice but you can go to www.travel.state.gov or call the Passport Customer Service at 1-877-487-2778 for questions or information.

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Utility Bill Assistance Through Leyden Family Services


Leyden Family Services can assist income-eligible households to apply for utility bill assistance for gas and electric service through the LIHEAP and other utility programs that will make a payment directly to the utility company on your behalf. To be eligible, households must meet program requirements, including meeting income guidelines. Households must be able to provide all required supporting documentation. You can learn more about income eligibility here ..... Call (847) 455-3929 to schedule an over-the-phone appointment.

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Relay for Life Luminaria Ceremony – August 14


Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, this year’s event will be an "open house" style and will feature a luminaria ceremony to remember and honor the lives of those touched by cancer. The event will follow CDC and State Guidelines and face masks and social distancing will be required. The luminaria ceremony will honor every life touched by cancer. A luminaria can be dedicated to a loved one lost to cancer, someone currently battling against it, or anyone who has overcome it.

You can purchase a luminaria in advance at https://secure.acsevents.org/site/TR/RelayForLife/RFLCY20NCR?pg=entry&fr_id=97409 through August 7 and after that date they will be available for purchase at the event. If you purchase one in advance, the luminaria will be decorated with names and messages to the people they are dedicated to at the event.

Use the Drop Box to Facilitate Business with the Village


Starting July 13, Village Hall will be open with limited hours to the public, on Monday - Friday from 8 AM to Noon only. Village staff is available to conduct business via email or over the phone on Monday through Friday until 4:30 PM. Also, you can utilize the drop box located in the parking lot of Village Hall anytime. 

Please do not put cash in the drop box. If a document does not fit, call the respective department and special arrangements can be made. For more information, call (847) 671- 4800. You can use the drop box for the following:

  • Water Bill Payments
  • Vehicle Sticker Payments
  • Permit Applications and Fees
  • Zoning Applications
  • Freedom of Information Act Requests (FOIAs)
  • Garage Sale Registrations
  • Yard Party Registrations
  • Handicapped Application Forms
  • Business License Payments
  • Grass Cutting Payments

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Illinois Moves to Phase 4


Beginning June 26, Illinois will enter Phase 4 of the Governor's Restore Illinois Plan. Individuals are required to cover their nose and mouth with a mask or a cloth face-covering when in a public place and unable to maintain a six-foot social distance. Face-coverings are required in public indoor spaces such as stores and office buildings. Children under the age of two years old and those who are unable to medically tolerate a face-covering are excluded.
 

Phase 4 allows indoor dining and visits to zoos, museums and theaters, all with capacity limits.  It also allows for some event arenas to be open with restrictions and capacity limits. Phase 4 allows for social gatherings of up to 50 people or fewer. To see more about what Phase 4 includes, https://dceocovid19resources.com/assets/Restore-Illinois/businessguidelines4/phase4overview.pdf

 

Please remember that the pandemic is not over. Everyone should continue to practice social distancing, wash their hands regularly and wear a mask.  If you are sick, please stay home. New COVID-19 outbreaks that cause rises in positive cases and hospitalizations could result in moving back to Phase 3.

Please continue to check on the elderly and disabled and offer to assist them is possible.

This virus can be spread before you even know you have it. Proceed as if you can be spreading the virus. For more information on the how to prevent the spread of the virus, click here Steps to Prevent the Spread of Viruses

For more information about the symptoms and transmission of the virus:

 

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Watch for Lane Closures on Mannheim Road


Beginning the week of July 11, traffic on Mannheim Road will be reduced by a single lane (intermittently) in both directions under I-294 as needed between 9 AM and 3:30 PM.

These closures are needed to provide a safe work zone for workers and accommodate drivers while substructure concrete repairs and electrical work take place on the I-294 bridge over the Bensenville Rail Yard. When there is no active work, all lanes on Mannheim Road will be reopened until work zones and closures are needed again. The work is anticipated to occur through August, weather permitting.

COVID-19 Testing Sites Available in Illinois


Testing sites are open to all regardless of symptoms. Testing is FREE and no appointment, doctor referral or insurance is needed. The closest testing site is the Harwood Heights facility at 6959 W. Forest Preserve Road in Chicago and is open daily from 7AM to 3 PM. To learn more, go to dph.illinois.gov/covid19/covid-19-testing-sites.

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ComEd Announces Comprehensive COVID-19 Package to Assist Customers


To help families and communities recover from the economic challenges created by the COVID-19 pandemic, ComEd has announced a COVID-19 assistance effort that provides more flexible payment options, financial assistance for past due balances; an extension in suspension of service disconnections and waiver of late fee charges. The package also provides bill assistance for eligible low-income customers, more flexible payment options for customers and the waiver of certain deposits and fees for an extended period of time.

Customers who are challenged in paying their outstanding balances and electric bills should contact ComEd’s customer care team as soon as possible at 800-334-7661, Monday through Friday from 7 AM - 7 PM to take advantage of new and existing assistance options. More information is available at ComEd.com/CARE.

Street Sweeping and Branch Pick-up Begins Again on June 15


The Village’s Department of Public Works will begin regular street sweeping beginning on June 15. Residents are reminded to move their cars to facilitate cleaning. Please check signs on your block for parking restrictions.

The Village will restart regular branch pick-up service June 15. Place reasonably sized branches on the front parkway for collection by 7 AM on Monday of the pick-up week indicated below. The branches will be removed sometime by the end of the day Friday.

If your branches are put out late (after 7 AM on Monday of the pick-up week), it is possible that you could miss the pick-up. Village trucks begin promptly and if they have already driven through your section of town, your branches will not be collected until the next scheduled pick-up week.

Please note that if storm clean-up is necessary, the Village may need to delay a scheduled branch pick-up. In this situation, we will resume branch collection where we left off the following week. If you have any questions regarding the schedule or size and weight requirements, please call 847-671-8252.

Pick up weeks are:

  • June 15 & 29
  • July 13 & 27
  • August 10 & 24
  • September 7 & 21
  • October 5 & 19
  • November 2 & 16 (Weather permitting do to leaf pick up and or snow).

Healthcare Coverage Availabe if You Lost Your Employer-based Coverage Due to Coronavirus


The Marketplace Health Insurance Exchange (in accordance with the Affordable Care Act) in Illinois is now holding a special open enrollment period for uninsured individuals amid the spread of the novel coronavirus also known as COVID-19.  

 

If you lost your job or experienced a reduction in hours due to COVID-19 that has resulted in losing your job-based health plan, you may qualify to enroll in a Marketplace plan now. To learn more, go to https://www.healthcare.gov/coronavirus/.

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Leyden Family Services Offering Assistance Over the Phone


Leyden Family Services' Seniors & Benefits Department is available to assist you by telephone! Over the phone appointments are available Monday through Friday from 8:30 AM - 4:00 PM. Staff can assist with to apply for Medicare, Medicaid and other governmental programs. Call (847) 455-3929 to make an appointment.

Click here for more info..... Leyden Family Service – Seniors & Benefits Department

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Count Franklin Park In! -- The 2020 Census is Simple, Safe and Important


TThe results of the Census determine the number of representatives Franklin Park will have in the US Congress and in the Illinois General Assembly. The census data will be used to determine the distribution of federal funds that are used in education, local health care, housing and employment programs. If Franklin Park is under counted because not everyone responds, our schools and other programs may not get the funding they deserve.

The Census count should include everyone in your household, no matter their age, gender or ethnicity. People who may be living at your address temporarily should be counted too. The more people who are accurately counted in the Census, the more money Franklin Park will get from state and federal funds!

Complete the Census today at www.my2020census.gov or by calling 844-330-2020.

Para más información en Español llame al 847-671-8236.

Jeśli potrzebujesz więcej informacji w języku polskim zadzwoń na numer 847-671-8252.

Franklin Park is COUNTING on you to participate! Watch this website for more information.

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Quiet Zone Update


The Village has received a $1,416,343 Pedestrian Rail Safety Grant to fund a significant portion of the safety improvements needed at the pedestrian crossing at the Calwagner and 25th Street grade crossings and the Metra Station. The Village worked with Metra to design the required safety improvements. Metra expects to receive the last of the materials needed to complete the improvements by the end of this year. Metra expects to complete construction on the safety improvements in the Spring of 2021.

The Village will make street improvements including installing a median barrier at 25th and Ruby. Watch our Village newsletter for updates as we move closer to obtaining a Quiet Zone Designation in Franklin Park.

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Working Together to Maintain the Appeal and Safety of Our Town

Throughout the course of the pandemic, I have been gratified by the resiliency, cooperation, and compassion of our community. We have pulled together to follow CDC guidelines, help our neighbors, and display a vibrant community spirit through it all.

An attractive and safe Village keeps our home values stable. Village staff has a strong commitment to working with our residents and business owners to maintain the appeal and safety of Franklin Park. During the spring and summer months, which have included some severe storms, our Public Works Department has been hard at work to provide high quality and timely services to our residents.As soon as Illinois could reopen this spring, our Water Department began to conduct meter readings, replace broken equipment, repair water mains and flush hydrants. The Village is regularly removing and mulching downed branches, performing frequent street cleaning, clearing weeds and planted flowers along our commercial districts.

If you need assistance from the Village regarding branch removal or other services, please call us at (847) 671-8252 Monday through Friday from 7 AM to 3:30 PM.

Working Together

We can all help to keep our community looking great by regularly mowing lawns and eliminating weeds in alleys and areas behind our homes. Grass and weeds should not exceed six inches in height to prevent mosquitoes and rodents from hiding and breeding there. If you are disabled or elderly and need assistance complying, please call (847) 671-4800. Also, if you see properties that need to be maintained, please alert the Village.

Please help to avoid street flooding during prolonged periods of rain. Do not blow or sweep grass cuttings or seeds into the streets.They clog sewers and cause back-ups of standing water onto the street. Please sweep up cuttings and seeds and mulch them for use in your flower beds or bag them for removal. Businesses should contact the Village if potted flowers need watering or pedestrian trash cans are nearly full along the commercial corridors. Please do your part to keep the area around your business clean and tidy. By working together, we can keep our commercial areas clean and attractive.

Quiet Zone Update

The Village Board and I have been tireless advocates in seeking a Quiet Zone designation for Franklin Park. We have been working hard to complete the multi-step process required to achieve the designation. As you know, we are very close to receiving the Quiet Zone designation. Metra expects to receive the last of the materials needed to complete their portion of the project by the end of 2020. Metra expects to complete the required safety improvements in the Spring of 2021. We will continue to update you on our progress.

United to Reduce the Risk

Despite a relaxing of restrictions in Illinois, we need to remember that the pandemic is not over. Think of the pandemic as a 9-inning baseball game and that we are in the bottom of the 3rd inning. The CDC continues to recommend wearing face coverings in public, frequent hand washing and practicing social distancing when possible. Also, if you are sick, please stay home. According to the CDC, wearing a face covering is one of the best ways to slow and stop the spread of the virus. The CDC indicated that if everyone wore face masks, we could stop the spread of the virus in four to six weeks. Wearing a cloth face covering helps prevent people who have COVID-19 from spreading the virus to others. Masks protect you and those around you from contracting the virus from symptomatic and asymptomatic carriers.

Stay safe, be well,

 

Mayor Barrett Pedersen

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Are you receiving updates and alerts from the Village via email? The Village has been sending emails to residents regarding important updates on the Corona Virus, also known as COVID-19. Are you not on the list yet? Simply send us the email address you want us to use at villagenews@vofp.com. Want to be called when we host our next Telephone Town Hall Meeting? Email us at villagenews@vofp.com and include you name, home address and phone number (home and cell).

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