Happy New Year!
I want to begin our New Year with a heartfelt ’Thank You’ to our dedicated Village staff who work tirelessly to make our community safe, stable and secure. I also want to commend our Board of Trustees for their commitment to protecting the taxpayer and making our Village government a model of efficiency.
Let It Snow!
January in Franklin Park means snow. It is a source of pride that Franklin Park's streets are cleared quickly, making it easier for our residents, businesses and visitors to safely get around. To increase the efficiency of snow removal and to save taxpayer money, our Street Department has begun using a mixture of liquid salt brine and calcium chloride. Applying this ahead of a snowfall allows staff to begin removal operations earlier. This brining helps the rock salt activate and start working faster especially in artic temperatures. Brining makes it harder for the snow to bond to the pavement, making removal easier. This innovative process also saves the Village money by using less rock salt and taking less time to clear our streets. In fact, this process saved the Village approximately $4,000 with the season’s first snowfall in December. This process also gives our Street Department more time to clear our alleys and crosswalks, remove snow around schools and make sure customers can access our stores and restaurants.
Can You Say "Quasquicentennial”?
It is not easy. It actually is pronounced kwos-kwi-sen-ten-ee-uhl! That is the official term for a 125th anniversary. That is what Franklin Park will be celebrating this year, commemorating our Village’s incorporation on August 4, 1892. The Village is putting together ideas and plans to celebrate throughout the year. We want our celebration to honor the traditions, values and heritage of all our citizens. If you have an idea for a Quasquicentennial activity or event please go to our website, www.vofp.com, click on Contact Us and submit your idea. We will publish updated information in the newsletter and on our Facebook Page.
Our New Year’s Resolution to You!
On behalf of the Board of Trustees and myself, we resolve to continue to work hard to make Franklin Park the safest, most compassionate, sustainable and stable town possible. We pledge to treat all citizens with respect and to make, you, the taxpayer, our highest priority. We will dedicate our efforts to upgrade our infrastructure, safeguard our neighborhoods and families and as always, be careful stewards of your taxpayer dollar.
We look forward to a great anniversary year in Franklin Park.
Mayor Barrett Pedersen