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Upcoming Events

Zoning Board of Appeals Meeting 2015 April 01 (April 01, 2015; 07:00 PM - 08:00 PM)
Event details:
April 01, 2015
Time:07:00 PM - 08:00 PM
Location: Village Hall, Franklin Park, US-IL -US-IL

Zoning Board of Appeals Meeting
Senior Citizen Commission Meeting 2015 April 02 (April 02, 2015; 01:00 PM - 02:30 PM)
Event details:
April 02, 2015
Time:01:00 PM - 02:30 PM
Location: Village Hall, Franklin Park, US-IL -US-IL

Senior Citizen Commission Meeting
Village Hall Closed 2015 April 03 April 03, 2015 (All Day Event)
Event details:
April 03, 2015
All Day Event
Village Hall Closed
Village Hall Closed 2015 April 04 April 04, 2015 (All Day Event)
Event details:
April 04, 2015
All Day Event
Village Hall Closed
Fire and Police Commission Meeting 2015 April 06 (April 06, 2015; 06:00 PM - 07:00 PM)
Event details:
April 06, 2015
Time:06:00 PM - 07:00 PM
Location: Village Hall, Franklin Park, US-IL -US-IL

Fire and Police Commission Meeting

Branch Pick-up Schedule

Please place all reasonably-sized branches where you put your trash by 7 AM on Monday of the pick-up week. Branches will be picked-up sometime by the end of Friday. Pick-up dates for 2015 are April 6 & 20, May 4 & 18, June 1, 15 & 29, July 13 & 27, August 10 & 24, September 7 & 21, October 5 & 19 and November 2. These dates are subject to change due to storm-related clean-up. If you have questions regarding size and weight restrictions, please call 847-671- 8252.

Yard Waste Pick-up Begins in April

Yard waste placed in brown biodegradable bags and put out on garbage day with recycling will be picked up starting in early April. 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!

Schedule Your Garage Sale

Thinking of doing some spring cleaning? Now is the time to plan your garage sale! Franklin Park residents must register with the Village to hold a garage sale. Please contact the Clerk’s Office at 847-671-8242. There is no cost to register.

Consider Natural Lawn Care

Is it possible to have a lawn that looks good without using herbicides and insecticides that can harm your family’s health and the environment? The answer is yes. Unlike conventional lawn care, which relies on chemical fertilizers and pesticides to artificially green your lawn, Natural Lawn Care focuses on restoring balance to the soil system, including nutrients that make a lawn healthy. Over time, your lawn will become naturally healthy, green and beautiful, with the added bonus that it will require less watering, fertilizing and mowing, saving you time and money!

To learn more about this easy to follow system of taking care of your lawn without the chemicals, go to midwestpesticideaction.org and check out the NLC Calendar Fact Sheet.

Scholarship Opportunity for Area Students

The Chamber by O’Hare is providing two scholarship opportunities for the upcoming year. Both are open to all Franklin Park, Schiller Park, and River Grove residents. One $1,000 scholarship will be awarded to a full-time student accepted at an accredited college, university, or community college; with a minimum GPA of 2.8. The second $1,000 scholarship will be awarded to a full-time current or incoming Triton College student with a minimum GPA of 2.8 and pursuing a degree in an engineering technology/ manufacturing-related academic area.

Applications may be obtained at info@chamberbyohare.org or patzinga@triton.edu. Include a contact phone number with your email. Applications and all required information must be received by May 1, 2015. The award selection will be completed by June 1, 2015. Direct any inquiries to info@chamberbyohare.org or patzinga@triton.edu.


Throw a Energy Impact House Party

Mayor Barrett Pedersen hosted an Energy Impact House Party recently and was joined by friends and neighbors for an energy loss demonstration. A certified contractor conducted the energy audit of the home and identified where energy was being wasted or lost. For a limited time, residents can schedule to host a House Party and receive a full energy assessment, valued at $400, for free! Participants are not required to sign up for services.

Click here to learn more about house parties. Rebates are avilable to mkae your home more comfortable and save on energy costs. Click here to learn more about rebates.


Train Horn Quiet Zone Update

The Citizens Advisory Board (CAB) on Train Horn Quiet Zones met for the first time on December 17. The CAB discussed the potential options for safety improvements necessary to obtain quiet zone designation from Scott Street to Thatcher Avenue. Engineers provided the CAB with data on the current risk index of all the crossings and which improvements would bring the risk down to a level sufficient for approval. A brief report on the progress of the proposed Train Horn Quiet Zone is now available as a link on the homepage's left-hand column and will be regularly updated. You may also click here to read the update.

Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP)

A representative will be at Village Hall on the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of the month, beginning November 5th, from 9:30 AM to noon to process LIHEAP applications. Please bring the following documents with you: a Social Security / SSI (monthly) benefit letter for 2014, your pension letter for the last 30 days, a valid Photo ID, Social Security Cards for all members in the household, proof of income for the last 30 days for all house members 18 years or older, a current NICOR and ComEd bill (disconnect notices have to be included if you are applying) and bring your Medical Card.

Brownfields Meeting


Quiet Zone Status is a Top Priority

I wanted to update you on the aggressive steps that Franklin Park is taking to secure a ‘Quiet Zone’ designation for our Village. With multiple rail crossings in Franklin Park and trains traveling through our town all night long, it has become an absolute necessity that we receive consideration as a Quiet Zone. This designation would stop the requirement for trains to use their horns as they approach the grade crossings. We have partnered with the Village of River Grove and are working together to achieve this status. Unfortunately, it is a somewhat complicated and lengthy process.

We have met with, and will continue to meet with, all the approving agencies, or Diagnostic Team, comprised of representatives from the Federal Railroad Administration, the Illinois Commerce Commission, Illinois Department of Transportation, METRA, Canadian Pacific, Canadian National and Indiana Harbor Belt Railroad. Through the course of many meetings, we have been provided with several additional safety measures that would be required to attain Quiet Zone status. These include adding pedestrian crossing gates at Calwagner. They also suggest extensive safety measures at the Metra pedestrian crossing, which could be expensive.

Click here to read the entire column.

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Village Earns Recognition for Excellence in Financial Reporting

We are proud to announce that the Village's FY 2014 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report has been awarded the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting by the Government Finance Officers Association (GOFA). This is the fourth year in a row that the Village of Franklin Park has been recognized for this significant accomplishment which represents the highest form of recognition in government accounting and financial reporting.

Congratulations to everyone who worked hard to make this award possible!


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Tuesday 8:00am - 4:30pm
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Thursday 8:00am - 4:30pm
Friday 8:00am - 4:30pm
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