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Zacatecas Mexican Restaurant

Zacatecas Mexican Restaurant has opened its doors at 10150 Grand Avenue in Franklin Park. Mayor Barrett Pedersen and Village Trustees James Caporusso, Bill Ruhl and Karen Special attended a ribbon cutting to welcome the business to the Village. The family-owned restaurant has been operating in the Chicagoland area since 1980 and is known for its homemade Mexican food and American-style breakfast. You can learn more about the restaurant's move to Franklin Park in the Franklin Park Herald-Journal.

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Block Group

Franklin Park is proud to welcome the Block Group to the Village of Franklin Park. Mayor Barrett Pedersen attended ribbon cutting at the company’s newly-renovated facility at 10632 Grand Avenue. The German-based and family-owned Block companies have facilities across Europe and Asia, making Franklin Park is the first and only Block location in North America. The Block companies manufacture transformers, reactors and more for international markets.

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Shining Smiles

Shining Smiles has opened its doors at 9704 Grand Avenue in Franklin Park. Mayor Barrett Pedersen, Clerk Tommy Thomson, Village Trustees James Caporusso, John Johnson, Bill Ruhl, Karen Special and Andy Ybarra attended a ribbon cutting to celebrate the business's grand opening. The dental company has three other locations in Bolingbrook, Plainfield and Chicago. Click here to visit the clinic's website.

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Lazy Moe's Mediterranean Grill

Lazy Moe's Mediterranean Grill has opened its doors at 9660 Franklin in downtown Franklin Park. Mayor Barrett Pedersen, Clerk Tommy Thomson, and Village Trustees James Caporusso, John Johnson, Bill Ruhl and Andy Ybarra attended a ribbon cutting to welcome the business to Franklin Park. Lazy Moe's offers Mediterranean favorites like falafel, hummus, baba ganoush, a variety of salads, and beef and chicken shawarma and kababs. Click here to check out Lazy Moe's menu.

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Road closures this week in WMRA area


Starting Monday (5/2/16), contractors will begin roadway excavation for the areas that are being fully reconstructed in the WMRA area. Contractors will start on Ruth and work their way east to Prairie and then Houston. We anticipate it will take the full week to complete all these areas. During the working hours of 7 AM to 5 PM, the road that the contractor will be working on will be completely closed.

However, at the end of each working day, the contractor will construct temporary stone ramps to allow vehicles to pass. Parking will not be permitted in these reconstruct areas. Please check for NO PARKING signs at these locations. Schiller will remain open and passable. Thank you for your patience while the Village completes this important improvement project. .

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Volunteers Needed at Railroad Day – June 11


Volunteers help to make our annual event a success! Sign-up now to lend a hand during the Village’s beloved Railroad Day on Saturday, June 11 from 10 AM to 3 PM. Volunteers will get the first look at some of the unique and vintage rail cars on display and receive a free souvenir t-shirt and food voucher. If you are interested in volunteering, please call Dafne at 847-671-8236.

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Online Auction of Village Equipment


The Village of Franklin Park is auctioning off surplus vehicles and other property through Obenauf Auction Services, a unique on-line marketplace. You can view items available and place bids via the following link. For more information, contact Chief Witz at 847-671-8203

http://www.obenaufauctionsonline.com/cgi-bin/mndetails.cgi?obenauf104

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Historic Steam Engine at Railroad Day

 June 11


Join us for a special treat this year at our annual Railroad Day on Saturday, June 11 from 10 AM to 3 PM to see the historic nickel plate steam locomotive no. 765! This beauty is a high-stepping, fourteen-wheeled, magnificent machine that stands 15 feet tall, weighs 404 tons, goes over 60 miles an hour and restored to the way it looked and sounded when it was built by the Lima Locomotive Works in 1944.

To learn more about the event got to:

Download Event flyer

http://www.villageoffranklinpark.com/events/railroaddaze/

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Apply Now for Sidewalk Program


Homeowners can apply now for the Village's 50/50 Sidewalk Program to replace damaged and cracked concrete or trip hazards on the public sidewalk near your home. The homeowner and the Village share the cost evenly. Please email: ekubkowski@vofp.com or call Ewelina at 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. Work will begin in July.

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Schedule Your Garage Sale


Residents must register to hold a garage sale by contacting Clerk’s Office at 847-671-8242 or at Village Hall. There is no cost to register. A garage or yard sale sign can only be placed on your property. Sales can be held for a maximum of 30 hours within a three day period. Residents are allowed two garage or yard sales per 12-month period, with at least a 3-month period between the two sales. Sale hours cannot be earlier than 8 AM and must end by 7 PM.

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Branch Pick-up Begins March 28


Please place all reasonably sized branches where you place your trash for pick-up by 7 AM on Monday of the pick-up week. Branches will be picked up sometime by the end of Friday. If branches are put out after trucks have gone through that section of town, branches will not be picked up until the next scheduled pick up week. Also, all dates are subject to change due to storm-related cleanup. If you have questions regarding size and weight restrictions, please call 847-671- 8252. Pick up days are scheduled for March 28, April 11 & 25, May 9 & 23, June 6 & 20, July 5 & 18, August 1, 15 & 29, September 12 & 26, October 10 & 24 and November 7. If you have questions regarding size and weight restrictions, please call 847-671- 8252.

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Summer Jobs Available for Students


The Village has seasonal job openings in the Public Works Department and at Village Hall. Applicants must be at least 16 years old, currently enrolled in high school or college and have a “C” average. Salary is $8.50 per hour. To apply or obtain more information call (847) 671-8282 or download a Village Job Application.

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Seniors to Apply Now for Grass-Cutting Program


The Village is accepting applications now for the Senior Grass Cutting Program, which runs from May until late October. Qualified senior citizens will pay $7 per cut. Applications are available at Village Hall or by calling 847-671-8240. If you have previously been on the grass or snow program and your health condition has not changed, you will not need to send in a new doctor’s note, but will need to submit an application. You must be living on the premises to qualify. Space is limited, so apply early.

Consider Natural Lawn Care


Franklin Park utilizes natural lawn care on Village-owned properties. Residents can easily adopt this method for use on their own property. Using natural lawn care practices avoids putting pollutants in our ground water and is better for our air quality as well. Visit our Sustainability Page to get easy-to-follow steps to take care of your lawn without chemicals this growing season. Click here to learn more about natural lawn care.

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Yard Waste


Allied Waste will begin the collecting yard waste on April 4th. Place your yard waste in brown, biodegradable bags and put it out on garbage day with your recycling for pick-up. Remember that yard waste cannot go in the trash or recycling bin. Bags can be purchased at local grocery or 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! Click here to learn more about composting.

Grand Avenue Facade Rebate Program


The Village of Franklin Park is accepting applications for businesses and property owners on Grand Avenue between Lucy Lane and Edgington Street who are interested in participating in the first ever Grand Avenue Facade Rebate Program. The goal of the program is to beautify and revitalize the Grand Avenue commercial corridor and encourage economic development in the area. The program provides incentives in the form of rebates for work that contributes positively to the public right-of-way by improving individual storefronts and facades. If you are interested in learning more about this program or other economic development incentives, contact the Department of Community Development & Zoning at (847) 671-8278.

Click here to view or download the program application.

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Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program


A representative will be at Village Hall from 9 AM to 1 PM on the following Wednesdays to process applications: January 20,February 3 & 17, March 2, 16 & 30, April 13 & 27 and May 4 & 18.

Residents interested in applying should bring the following documents:

  • A Social Security / SSI (monthly) benefit letter for 2016.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).
  • Your Medical Card.

If you have questions, please call the Village at (847) 671-4800.

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Check Your License Plates!


Due to the Illinois budget crisis, the Secretary of State is not mailing vehicle registration renewal reminder notices. Please check the sticker on your plates and make sure you are up to date. You can sign–up to receive notices via e-mail and also get more information at the Illinois Secretary of State website: www.cyberdriveillinois.com.

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Metropolitan Water Reclamation District presented Mayor Barrett Pedersen with a special award


Metropolitan Water Reclamation District (MWRD) President Mariyana Spyropoulos and Chairman of Finance Frank Avila presented Mayor Barrett Pedersen with a special award recently. The award is in recognition of the Village of Franklin Park’s commitment to the health and welfare of our residents and the environment by utilizing natural lawn care on all Village-owned properties and for encouraging and educating residents and businesses about natural lawn care techniques.

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Franklin Park Businesses Fuel the Economic Engine for the Region

It was my pleasure to welcome our guests to the Village’s Annual Business Appreciation Luncheon last month. The Annual Lunch is our opportunity as a Village to thank these businesses for locating, expanding and investing in our community. This much anticipated event also allows me the opportunity to update our business leaders on the Village initiatives and policies designed to make doing business WITH the Village and IN the Village more convenient. I was pleased to report to the attendees that Franklin Park had a phenomenal year in 2015 in regards to securing funding to help improve and maintain our infrastructure. The Village was awarded $2.3 million in grants and $9.3 million in low-interest loans to fund infrastructure and economic development projects throughout Franklin Park.

Franklin Park Designated An Enterprise Zone

In January we learned that the Illinois Department of Commerce and Community Development (DCEO) awarded the Village of Franklin Park with a designation of an Enterprise Zone. This economic development tool will enhance our ability to compete for companies looking to locate in the Chicago area and provide our existing companies with an incentive to invest locally. Our Department of Community Development and Zoning continued its efforts to retain and attract new businesses and support the redevelopment of underutilized properties.

Our industrial and retail vacancy rates continue to drop as businesses take advantage of the Village's excellent locational assets and development opportunities. We are excited to have over 1.2 million square feet of industrial space in the construction pipeline for 2016. In 2015, 83 businesses, totaling 1.4 million square feet of commercial and industrial space and representing 1195 jobs, applied for occupancy to expand or locate in Franklin Park. We are also continuing to improve our business environment by working on several planning projects that will attract new business, but more importantly, make it even more advantageous for our businesses to expand and thrive right here in our Village. Among the numerous projects are the Franklin Park Comprehensive Plan, the O'Hare Sub-region Truck Routing and Infrastructure Plan, a Brownfields Grant Assessment Program and the Franklin Park O'Hare Industrial Corridor Plan.

Intergovernmental Relationships Help Businesses Succeed

Local business owner Angelo Lollino of Alamode Foods, a supplier of coffee and gelato to Mariano's grocery stores, spoke at the event and said that the Village's "Open for Business" attitude was one of the prime reason's he chose to locate his business in Franklin Park. We were pleased to have Congressman Michael Quigley as our keynote speaker at this year’s event. The Congressman updated our guests on key initiatives in Washington, DC.

The Congressman also applauded our efforts in job training and stressed the importance of our local partnerships with Triton College and Leyden High School. He noted the need to train workers for jobs that are available now in local factories and businesses to facilitate their ability to compete globally. Our local businesses were pleased to hear of the Village’s continuing economic development efforts. And we were glad to have the opportunity to publicly thank these, innovators and job creators for continuing to make Franklin Park their home. You can learn more about the Village's planning and development projects in the 2015 Year in Review or contact our Department of Community Development and Zoning at 847-671-8200.

 

Mayor Barrett Pedersen

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