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Special Message from the Village

June 2, 2020


Many residents and businesses are rightly concerned about the unrest in the City of Chicago and in our region. I want to assure Franklin Park citizens that our Police Department is continually monitoring the situation to keep our community safe. Though we have had no violence or looting in our Village, we will remain on alert.

We are also working closely with our neighboring police departments as well as officials from Cook County and the Illinois State Police to be prepared in case there are any incidents.

I want to thank all in law enforcement for their vigilance. We all hope that this violence will end and those with any illicit intentions will stay away.

If you see anything suspicious or dangerous, please contact our Police Department immediately. Do not try to engage or confront a violent situation or individual on your own. That is why we have trained, professional police officers.

The Village issues email blasts and automated calls to update our residents about potential issues, including flooding, a major street closing or other important public safety information.If you are not receiving these calls, please go to our website at vofp.com or email us at villagenews@vofp.com and we will add you to the list. Updates are also posted on our Village Facebook page.

Be careful, be cautious and be patient. We will move through these difficult times together. Be safe, stay healthy.

Mayor Barrett Pedersen

Illinois Tollway Approves Railroad Agreements for New I-490 Tollway and Western Access to O'Hare International Airport

June 02, 2020


The Illinois Tollway released information regarding agreements with the railroad, marking significant progress for the I-490 Tollway Project.  The I-490 Tollway Project hopes to improve access to O’Hare International Airport for businesses and communities. 

The forms of agreement will allow for the mutual exchange of property rights necessary for construction of the new I-490 Tollway extending south from the Jane Addams Memorial Tollway (I-90) to the Tri-State Tollway (I-294) with interchanges creating new access into and around O’Hare International Airport.  The agreement will also enable improvements to rail operations in the Chicago Terminal area. 

Click here to read the entire press release.

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Vehicle Stickers On Sale Now


Every vehicle registered to a Franklin Park resident needs a vehicle sticker including cars, trucks, motorcycles, etc. Vehicle Stickers must be displayed on the lower right corner of your windshield by July 31. Passenger car stickers cost $30. Seniors, who are 65 or older, 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. Purchase a renewal vehicle sticker via mail or on-line.

If you are a Franklin Park resident and have purchased a new vehicle or recently moved to Franklin Park, you will need to provide a copy of your license plate registration showing your Franklin Park address in order to purchase a sticker. Please call Village Hall for more details at 847-671-4800.

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Required: Outdoor Licensed Premise Permit for Outdoor Dining Areas


In accordance with the Governor’s latest Executive Order regarding outdoor dining for restaurants in Illinois, the Village has produced an application for an Outdoor Licensed Premise Permit.  This permit is required for all restaurants that intend to operate an outdoor dining area.  All outdoor licensed premises must adhere to all local and state guidelines for approval.  These guidelines are attached to the permit application in Executive Order No. 2020.04 and the Restore Illinois Outdoor Dining Guidelines.

Outdoor Licensed Premise Permit applications must be submitted to the Building Department for review.  Applications and required supplemental materials can be submitted at Village Hall via the Water Bill Drop Box in the parking lot.  Permit applications will not be accepted without a valid signature.

The application and guidelines for requirements can be accessed here:

Outdoor Licensed Premise Permit Application & Guidelines

Executive Order No. 2020.04

Restore Illinois Outdoor Dining Guidelines

If you have any questions, please contact the Building Department at (847) 671-8245.

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Governor J. B. Pritzker Announces Phase 3 of the Restore Illinois Plan


The Governor has announced that the state will move to Phase 3 of the Restore Illinois Plan effective May 29, 2020. The mandate that all individuals wear face coverings remains in effect. Any individual who is over age two and able to medically tolerate a face-covering (a mask or cloth face-covering) is required to cover their nose and mouth with a 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. Phase 3 will also include:

Please remember to continue to wash your hands frequently, avoid touching your face and wear a face covering in public areas where you cannot maintain a six-foot distance from others. If you are sick, please stay home. New COVID-19 outbreaks that cause in rises in positive cases and hospitalizations could result in moving back to Phase 2.

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:

 

Village Hall is Virtual

The Village of Franklin Park is closed to public access. The Village is open and conducting Village services and operations online or over the phone. The Village is committed to serving its residents and staff and will be available virtually via phone and email from Monday through Friday, from 8 AM to 4:30 PM. We ask for your patience during this time as Village staff works to respond to your inquiries and non-emergency needs as quickly as possible as some may be working alternating or modified work schedules.

  • Emergency operations will continue through our Police and Fire Department.
  • Essential operations and services will continue to be provided by our Public Works staff.  
  • Trash and recycling will be collected as usual on Mondays.
  • All non-essential Village meetings and events have been cancelled. This includes all Commission meetings until further notice.
  • The Senior Cafe at North Park is closed until further notice and all their senior activities are cancelled.  Meals on Wheels will continue to be delivered.
  • All Franklin Park schools, all Park District facilities and the Franklin Park Library are closed.

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/. See more regarding water bill due date extensions and payment options on this Page.

The Clerk’s Office is closed to the public but available through email at clerk@vofp.com and by phone at 847-671-8242.  Passport services are suspended until further notice but you can go to www.travel.state.gov or call  the Passport Customer Service number at 1-877-487-2778 for questions or information.

The Building Department will not be open for walk-ins. Permits can be facilitated by using our online services. You can also fill out forms and put them in the parking lot drop box. For more information, go to: http://www.villageoffranklinpark.com/departments/building/ or please call 847- 671-8245.

Guidance for building owners to address potential water quality issues prior to “re-opening” buildings


The Village of Franklin Park Water Department understands that this is a stressful time for our community and for the customers that we serve. Please know that we continue to take all steps necessary to maintain safe, reliable water service.

More information can be found on the following links below:

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How to Wear a Cloth Face Covering


Governor Pritzker has issued an Executive Order requiring people to wear a face covering or mask when in a public space where they cannot maintain a six-foot distance from other people. The Illinois Department of Public Health has issued the following important guidelines for face coverings.

Face masks should:

  • Fit snugly but comfortably around your mouth, nose and the side of the face
  • Be secured with ties or ear loops
  • Include multiple layers of fabric
  • Allow for breathing without restriction
  • Be able to be laundered and machine dried without damage or change to shape

Do not put a face mask on children under the age of 2 years old. Please do not use surgical masks or other personal protective equipment (PPE) intended for health care workers.

The Illinois Department of Public Health ("IDPH") has provided Guidance on the Use of Masks here: https://tinyurl.com/ycqjcn5v.

CDC Guidance on Use of Cloth Face Coverings to Help Slow the Spread of COVID-19 https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/diy-cloth-face-coverings.html

Water Bill Payments and Due Dates


The March 27, April 28, and May 27 water, sewer and garbage bill payment deadlines are extended to June 15. Delinquent charges and late fees are suspended through June 15. There will be NO shut-offs.

The Village strongly encourages residents and businesses to use the Village’s convenient online bill payment systems to pay water bills here: 

http://www.villageoffranklinpark.com/departments/finance/.

You can put payments in the outside drop box located in the parking lot, behind Village Hall. Please do not put cash in the box. You can also mail a payment to Village Hall, 9500 Belmont Avenue, Franklin Park, IL 60131.

If you have questions or concerns regarding water bill payments, please call Village Hall for assistance at 847-671-4800.

Garbage, Recyclying, Yard Waste, Bulk Items and Branch Collection


Garbage and recycling will continue to be collected every Monday by Republic Services. Garbage and recycling must be placed in their respective carts.

Republic Services will begin yard waste removal on Monday, April 27. Place yard waste in biodegradable bags where you put your garbage for removal. Also, instead of bagging waste, please consider mulching yard waste to support plant growth. Grass clippings can be used as fertilizer to nourish lawns. Simply mow over the clippings and leave them on the lawn. This option saves on the cost to remove the yard waste bags.

Republic Services will remove bulk items beginning Monday, April 27. Please be patient as it may take a while for everything to be removed.

Due to the health crisis causing a reduction in staff availability, the Village has suspended branch pick-up and will only collect branches in emergency situations including storm related situations. If you have questions, please call 847-671-8252.

Please watch for updates. Thank you for your patience.

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 and 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/.

Calling All Volunteers


Leave it to Us Shoppers is a no fee shopping service for seniors and immunocompromised individuals. It is operated by student volunteers who shop for food and medical supplies for seniors in the suburbs. They need volunteers from Franklin Park to allow them to offer the program in our area. Interested volunteers must be at least 16 years of age, have a valid driver’s license and access to a car.

To volunteer, email getinvolved@covidseniorshoppers.com.

Flushing Wipes Can Clog Pipes


Please do not flush wipes of any kind down the toilet, even those that are labeled flushable or biodegradable. This could lead to sewer backups and in-home plumbing issues. The wipes collect with other matter and get drawn into sewer lift station and wastewater treatment plant pumps where they can clog or damage the pumps and require manual cleaning.

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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. We are working with Metra to design and construct the safety improvements. 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 Quite Zone Designation in Franklin Park!

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Special Message From Mayor Pedersen

June 2020

Village to Distribute Masks to Residents

I hope this newsletter finds you and your family healthy. The pandemic has presented many challenges for our community. The residents and businesses of Franklin Park have been remarkable in facing these challenges and finding innovative ways to support their neighbors. I want to say thank you to our first responders, healthcare professionals, grocery and pharmacy workers and mail carriers. Thank you to those who have delivered groceries and packages, made masks, produced birthday parades and offered friendly phone calls. You have helped maintain our caring, compassionate community and I am grateful.

Throughout this health crisis, protecting our residents and businesses has been the highest priority of our staff and this administration. The Governor’s Order mandates that all individuals wear a mask that covers their nose and mouth in public places and outdoors where you are unable to maintain a six-foot social distance. The Village wants to help ease that burden by offering free masks to residents who may not have enough for their household. The Village Board will distribute free face masks on Saturday, June 13 at a drive through distribution site at the west end of the Police Station, in the covered parking lot.

Residents who live south of the railroad tracks are invited to pick-up masks from 10 AM to Noon and residents that live north of the tracks can pick them up from Noon to 2 PM. Drivers, who should be wearing a face covering to interact with staff, will be allowed up to five masks per household. If you have questions, please call my office at 847-671-8236.

Watch for Changes at Village Hall

We will be carefully following the CDC’s public health guidelines and recommendations for safety in buildings when we reopen Village Hall to foot traffic later this summer. At that time, visitors will find several changes including a strict adherence to social distancing. You will also notice floor markings that will guide you when you are in the lobby. Since the number of people who are allowed inside Village Hall will be limited, you may need to wait outside. That area will also be marked off in compliance with social distancing. Masks or face coverings will always be required for staff and visitors. Hand sanitizer will be available at all counters.

I urge you to continue to use our online services and the payment drop box if possible. Maintaining social distancing for a little while longer will continue to help us slow the spread of the virus. When you do go out, please remember to support our local businesses and restaurants. A list of restaurants open for carry-out or delivery can be found on our website and you may soon see some restaurants opening for outdoor seating only.

Supporting Businesses to Reopen

Now that Illinois has moved to Phase 3 of the Governor’s Reopening Plan, the EPA recommends that building owners, building managers, and businesses take steps to flush the building’s plumbing system of stagnant water which can be unsafe or unusable. The Village’s website has useful information and guidance to help building owners address potential water quality issues prior to re-opening buildings. These measures will keep our community safe and allow businesses to begin normalizing their operations.

New Retention Ponds Reduced Flooding

After a record breaking 13.9 inches of rain on May 16, much of the industrial areas and residential sections of town that usually experienced flooding in the past remained dry this time. This is due to the addition of two new water retention ponds last year that support the Jack B Williams Reservoir and provide flood relief to the Silver Creek, Copenhagen and Westbrook areas of town and the Marconi subdivision.

Business Supports Our Community

Franklin Park based Travelon generously donated masks, latex gloves and sanitizer to be used by our firefighters and paramedics. Front-line emergency workers put themselves at risk everyday protecting our health and safety and Travelon went out of their way to help protect theirs. Thank you Travelon for being a great Franklin Park business.

Stay healthy and be well,

Mayor Barrett Pedersen

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Executive Orders Assist Residents and Businesses

The Village Board has taken steps to ease the stress that the Covid-19 pandemic has placed on Franklin Park residents and businesses. The Village has instituted the following measures:

  • The March 27, April 28, and May 27 water, sewer and garbage bill payment deadlines are extended to June 15. Delinquent charges or late fees for Village water, sewer and garbage service are suspended through June 15.                                                                         
  • Service disconnections for Village water, sewer and garbage service and water meter replacements are suspended through June 15.                                                                       
  • Street sweeping parking tickets will not be issued until June 1 and there will be no vehicle seizure for delinquent parking tickets until after June 1.                                                 
  • Village Vehicle Stickers, due to expire June 30, will be valid until July 31. No late fee or penalty will be imposed through July 31. Residents will also be able to purchase a new vehicle sticker at the regular price until July 31.                                                                   
  • Registration for Garage or Yard Sales shall not be permitted until June 1. No application for a Block or Yard Party shall be processed or permitted until June 1. These actions were taken to slow down person-to-person contact within the Village.                                 
  • Building permits are still being processed. Building permit expiration dates may be extended for ninety (90) days, upon written request, and the fees for extensions are suspended. License renewal applications are extended until June 1 unless required for health and safety reasons.                                                                                                       
  • Administrative adjudication of red-light camera tickets set to be heard on March 19, April 16 and May 21 are continued to June 18. No additional fees or penalties shall be assessed on violations due to this continuance.                                                                      
  • Administrative adjudication of all other Village ordinance violations and building code violations set to be heard on March 19, April 16 and May 21 are continued to June 18. No additional fees or penalties will be assessed due to this continuance.                       
  • Valid liquor licenses and business licenses will be extended from April 30 to June 1. The application and license fee due for the renewal of a license will be extended to June 1.     
  • The commuter parking monthly permit for April and May shall be refunded to an applicable permit holder upon request.
 

 

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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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