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Paula's Cafe & Catering

Paula’s Cafe & Catering has opened its doors at 9400 Grand Avenue in Franklin Park. Mayor Barrett Pedersen, Clerk Tommy Thomson, and Village Trustees James Caporusso, John Johnson, Andy Ybarra and Karen Special attended a ribbon cutting to welcome the business to Franklin Park. The restaurant offers Italian comfort food and is known for being the “Home of the Original Fried Meatball Sandwich,” as seen on TV. Paula is the former chef of the popular Danny’s Cafe & Deli in Melrose Park.

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Shelby's

Shelby’s has celebrated its grand opening at 2735 Mannheim Road in Franklin Park. Mayor Barrett Pedersen and Village Trustees John Johnson and Bill Ruhl attended a ribbon cutting to welcome the business to Franklin Park. The business offers dining and video gaming in a comfortable environment.

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Construction Alert


Beginning on Wednesday August 19th, IDOT will begin spot repairs on 25th Avenue from Grand Avenue going South to the bridge. Next week IDOT will begin spot repairs starting on Monday August 23rd on Belmont Avenue from 25th going east to River Road. Repairs may take a few days to complete and motorists should expect some traffic delays while these improvements are being made.

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Left to right: Trustee James Caporusso, Clerk Tommy Thomson, Trustee John Johnson, Cook County President Toni Preckwinkle, Trustee Cheryl McLean, Trustee Bill Ruhl, Trustee Karen Special and Mayor Barrett Pedersen

Cook County President Toni Preckwinkle Attends Cullerton Street Ground Breaking


Cook County President Toni Preckwinkle and representatives of various government agencies joined Mayor Pedersen and Village Trustees on Wednesday, August 12, 2015 for a ground breaking ceremony to commemorate the Cullerton Street Industrial Area Project, which is already underway. The Cook County Bureau of Economic Development awarded the project a $3 million low-interest loan through the first BUILT in Cook HUD Section 108 Loan Program to assist with financing. The project also received a $1.3 million grant from the Illinois Department of Transportation to assist with project financing. Businesses and property owners in the project area have also committed to financing a large portion of the project through a Special Service Area (SSA). President Toni Preckwinkle and Mayor Barrett Pedersen spoke on the importance of business and government collaboration to retaining and creating jobs in the Village.

You can read the full Cook County Press Release on the Cook County blog.

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Left to right: HUD Regional Director of Community Planning & Development Ray Willis, Commissioner Jeff Tobolski, Cook County President Toni Preckwinkle, Commissioner Sean Morrison and Mayor Barrett Pedersen

West Nile Precautions


The summer weather increases the threat of the mosquito-borne West Nile Virus. Take precautions to avoid bites by limiting time outdoors especially at dawn and dusk, when mosquitoes are most active. Wear long-sleeves, pants and socks, and use insect repellent with DEET, primarily applied to clothing.

Eliminate breeding sites by cleaning gutters, storing containers upside down, covering trash containers to keep out rainwater and emptying birdbaths and wading pools every few days. Keep grass and weeds cut short and make sure your screen doors close tightly. Village inspectors are larviciding mosquito pools that are found and reported. Also, backyard catch basins will be treated by contacting them at 847-671-8245..

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Chicago Bears Chairman Visits Village Hall


George McCaskey, Chicago Bears Chairman of the Board, surprised Village Architect Bob Michalowski at Village Hall last week to hand-deliver his season Bears tickets. McCaskey and Dan Hampton, a retired Hall of Fame defensive tackle who played 12 seasons with the Chicago Bears, were in Franklin Park for the day delivering tickets to season ticketholders. George McCaskey is the son of Virginia Halas McCaskey, the principal owner of the Chicago Bears.

Village Announces 2015 Street Improvement Project


In 2014, Franklin Park residents approved a referendum to enact a 1% non-home rule sales tax in Franklin Park. These funds are dedicated solely to the repair and maintenance of Village streets. Construction will begin in July and run through September. Notices will be sent to residents in the affected area soon. Be aware that construction could cause traffic delays in the area.

The Street Improvement Project will include:

Belmont Avenue from Mannheim to Ruby - Remove and replace failed asphalt areas, replace sections of failed curb and gutter and replace failed concrete alley aprons.

Calwagner Avenue from Grand to Chestnut - Remove and replace failed asphalt areas, surface recycling, asphalt overlay and replace sections of failed curb and gutter.

Lonnquist Drive from Ruby to Calwagner / Iona Lane from Ruby to Lonnquist /Dodge Lane from Lonnquist to Calwagner / LaSalle Court and Desoto Court - Remove existing asphalt (entire roadway), stabilize failed paved areas and resurface streets. Remove and replace all concrete sidewalk, curb and gutter. All aprons will be removed and replaced with concrete.

Nevada Avenue from George to Scott / Dora Street from Nevada to Sarah / Sarah Street from Nevada to Fullerton - Remove existing asphalt (entire roadway), stabilize failed paved areas and resurface with asphalt.

Apply Now for Sidewalk Program


Homeowners can apply for the 50/50 Sidewalk Program again this year, to help replace damaged and cracked concrete or trip hazards on the public sidewalk near their homes.The homeowner and the Village share the cost evenly. Please email jlauro@vofp.com or call 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.

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Village Launches Mobile App


A new free smartphone app will give residents instant access to the Village while on the go. Users of Android and iPhone smartphones can send in service requests, access directories of Village phone numbers, contact elected officials, and much more.

Users will be able to take a photo of a problem situation and then attach it to a service request and quickly send to the Village. The app also features a news feed that will include important information and updates about Village events and services.

To get the free Franklin Park app for iPhone you can search for “Franklin Park” in the App Store and to get the free Franklin Park app for an Android phone you can search for “Franklin Park” in Google Play/Play Store.

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Maintaining Lawns and Disposing of
Yard Waste


Residents are encouraged to mow their lawn on a regular basis. Please take care to eliminate weeds growing in alleys and areas behind your home. Grass and weeds cannot exceed six inches in height because mosquitoes and rodents can hide and breed there.

Remember, yard waste cannot be put in the trash or recycling bin and must go in brown biodegradable bags and put out on garbage day. 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!

Keeping Our Competitive Advantage

In our region, it is said that there are four seasons; Fall, Winter, Spring and Construction. It is true our climate forces us to get as much construction done in the summer months as possible.Many in Franklin Park have remarked that it seems we are ALWAYS in construction season.

As you know, we have made it a priority to upgrade our streets and roads and to revitalize our water and sewer system in order to continue to have safe, reliable water. These improvements are definitely a matter of public safety and health. But there are also strong economic development reasons to re-invest in our infrastructure.

Among the primary factors that influence business to expand or relocate are location and proximity to transportation networks. Our region’s locational advantages have helped Franklin Park become a premier manufacturing location. The completion of the Elgin O’Hare Western Access, a $3.4 billion regional project, will increase those advantages as we create even more efficient access to markets and suppliers.

Reliable Infrastructure Serves Our Residents and Our Businesses

Businesses also seek a qualified work force. Not only does the Chicagoland region have some of the world’s most respected universities, but Triton College is on the cutting edge of training workers for 21st century jobs, and Leyden High Schools are leading our region in career development curriculum. Our Community and Economic Development staff and the businesses leaders on our Economic Development Committee work closely with both these institutions with the goal of providing a large pool of trained workers to meet future employment needs.

But to continue to serve the business community and to create new jobs, we must have reliable infrastructure. That is one of the reasons we are in construction season.

It is an essential part of our strategic vision to offer businesses reliable and plentiful water and safe streets. Businesses must have roadways that will not damage their vehicles, nor slow their access to the marketplace. Our commercial corridors need safe streets, ample parking and attractive curbs and sidewalks.

Developing and restoring our infrastructure encourages growth and access to our business community and also creates high paying jobs.

Click here to read the entire article.

Mayor Barrett Pedersen

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