Village's Credit Rating Upgraded to A+
Standard and Poor’s Rating Service has raised Franklin Park's credit rating two full categories to A+. This increase is a validation of the Village's ever improving financial performance and indicates that our financial condition is strong and continues to strengthen.
Also, for a third year in a row, the Village has been awarded the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting by the Government Finance Officers Association. It is the highest form of recognition in government accounting and financial reporting.
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EPA Grant to Fund Assessment in Brownfield Sites in Western Suburbs
The EPA has awarded a $600,000 grant to Cook County and a coalition of seven western suburbs, including Franklin Park to assess potentially contaminated properties and their redevelopment potential.
"Intergovernmental cooperation and collaboration allows us to work together to leverage grant funding that we may not be able to secure on our own," stated Franklin Park Mayor Barrett Pedersen. "This grant will help to address environmental issues that hinder redevelopment and to ultimately attract new investment to our community."
The County’s Department of Environmental Control has begun working with coalition member communities on next steps.
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Village Seeks Veteran Names for Monument
Interested veterans or family members can submit the name of a veteran from Franklin Park to have it added to our Veteran’s Monument. Submit a copy of the veterans DD-214 form to the Village Clerk, at Village Hall, by October 15th to ensure the name will be added to the wall before our Veteran’s Day ceremony on November 11th. For more information, call (847) 671-8244.
Train Safety Week - September 14 - 20
To promote rail safety awareness and education, the Franklin Park Police Department will be participating in Illinois Rail Safety Week. Please remember, not only is it against the law to stop your vehicle on the railroad tracks, it is against the law to stop your vehicle anywhere within the highway-rail grade crossing which are typically marked by white stop lines on the pavement. When crossing railroad tracks, you must always obey the law and be aware of your surroundings.
For more information about Illinois Rail Safety Week, please visit www.illinoisrailsafetyweek.org and click here to download a flyer.
Fire Department Open House - October 11
Join the Franklin Park Fire Department at their annual Open House on Saturday, October 11 from 11 AM to 2 PM at Fire Station #2 at 10001 Addison. Learn how to keep your family safe by utilizing smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. Refreshments will be served. For more information, call 847-671-8798.
Franklin Park Military Days -
October 11 & 12
American Legion Post 974 is sponsoring two days of events to support Operation Comfort Warriors. The event will include WWII re-enactments and displays, food booths and a 1940’s USO-style dinner dance at Legion Hall on Saturday. For more information, download the event flyer here… Direct questions to Fpmilitarydays2014@usa.com.
Traveling WWII Monument - October 19
Everyone is welcome to attend a special presentation sponsored by Franklin Park American Legion on Sunday, October 19 at 1 PM. The event will be held at the American Legion Post 974, located at 9757 Pacific Avenue in Franklin Park. Admission is free. For more information and to register a WWII VETERAN for the Program Book, Pillars of Honor, call (847) 954-0520.
Visit the website at www.pillarsofhonor.org.
Leaf Pick-up and Street Sweeping
Place leaves in brown biodegradable bags only and put them out on garbage day with your recycling for pick-up. Bags are available for purchase at local grocery and hardware stores. Leaves cannot be picked-up if they are placed in plastic bags or in the street. Pick-up continues until early December. In addition, yard waste bags will only be picked up through December 5. These dates are established by Allied Waste.
The Department of Public Works will sweep Village curbs through late November. Please check signs on your block for parking restrictions.