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Branch Pick-up Schedule for 2014
The Village will start branch pick-up on Monday, April 7. Please place all reasonably-sized branches where you place your trash by 7 AM on Monday of...
 
TNR Workshop Help the Cats and the Community
TNR Workshop Help the Cats and the Community hosted by CatVando 1st Saturday every month March through October 1pm Franklin Park Community...
 
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The Village of Franklin Park Tax Guide
HOW ARE MY PROPERTY TAXES CALCULATED? It can be very frustrating for property owners to see an increase on their tax bills when in many cases their...
 
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Village Hall Hours

Monday 8:00am - 4:30pm
Tuesday 8:00am - 4:30pm
Wednesday 8:00am - 6:00pm
Thursday 8:00am - 4:30pm
Friday 8:00am - 4:30pm
Saturday 9:00am - Noon
 
If you have any questions about hours or services, please call Village Hall at 847.671.4800.
 
 

Earth Day Celebration at North Park

 
The Park District of Franklin Park invites families to attend their annual Earth Day Celebration on Saturday April 26 from 12-2 PM at North Park.  This free, family-friendly event features music, games, crafts, and a recycled art contest, a special 50th anniversary tree planting ceremony, a planting station and informational booths hosted by District 84 and 212. These booth educate participants how to conserve energy and protect the environment.

Be sure to visit additional interactive booths hosted by The Park District of Franklin Park, The Village of Franklin Park, Com Ed, Triton College, The Edible Garden Club, Care of Trees, The Forest Preserve District of Cook County, Allied Waste, A Pest Control, Metropolitan Water Reclamation District and many more!

Bring the following items to be recycled at the event:

• The Village of Franklin Park will have the E-Recycling Bin to collect electronic recycling.  Acceptable items include: Monitors, Laptops,  TVs, Computers, Printers, Phones and Cell Phones, Stereos, Game Consoles , DVD & VCR players, Scanners, Copiers, Keyboards & Mice, Fax Machines, MP3/iPod players, All other computer parts,  Electric Typewriters, UPS Batteries, Electric Cash Registers, Microwaves, Toaster Ovens, Curling Irons, Hair Dryers and  Electronic Tools.

• Savers will collect gently used clothing and small household items.

• The Franklin Park Manila Lions Club will collect old prescription eyeglasses.

• The American Legion Post #974 will collect American flags and will properly dispose.

• Donate old cell phones to the Cook County Sheriff’s Department who will utilize in an emergency alert effort for senior citizens.

• Donate a used book to the Franklin Park Library and select a used book to take home.

• Our local Boy Scout Troop will collect used Christmas lights and electrical cords.

Watch our Facebook Page for updates on this event!

The Village of Franklin Park Announces it's Annual 

Railroad Daze Festival

Thursday June 12 – Sunday, June 15, 2014

 

Tower Park at Calwagner Street & Franklin Avenue

 

Free Admission, All–Star Entertainment & Carnival

Great Variety of Food – Beer & Wine Garden

 

Train Viewing & Walk-on Displays – Saturday, 10 AM – 3 PM

 

Thursday, June 12 – First Annual Railroad Daze Jazz Night!

 

 Watch for more details on our Railroad Daze Festival on our website and on our Facebook Page.

 





Motorcycle and Bike Safety Tips


Motorcycle and Bike Safety is something that some of us think about, some of us worry about, but many of us do too little or nothing about it!  It is important that all motorcyclists to get proper training, properly licensed, keep motorcycle equipment well maintained and not to drink and ride.

 

All riders should review the proper riding techniques and safety procedures, to help improve public acceptance and awareness of motorcyclists while maintaining a friendly, fun atmosphere.

 

Motorcycles are the most vulnerable of all vehicles on the road because they do not have seat belts and riders can be thrown in the event of a crash, which can result in serious injury and death.  Your chance for survival significantly increases if you wear a helmet and follow the safety tips below when riding.

 

*Watch the No-Zones (Never hang out in a vehicle’s blind spot)

*Always Wear a Helmet

*Drive to Survive  (Be Extra Cautious)

*Check Yourself and Your Bike (Inspection of your bike and protective gear for you)

*Hazard Awareness (Anticipate Hazards)

*Wet Weather (keep rain gear with you)

*Watch for Standing Water (Hydroplaning)

*Check you Skill Set (Re-acclimate yourself with your bike yearly)

*Maximize your Appearance (Bright colors/Reflective Gear)

 

Gear up, slow down, keep a safe distance and stay focused!



Railroad Daze Needs Food Vendors

The Village is inviting area restaurants to participate in Railroad Daze!  Sign-up now and reserve your space as a food vendor at the festival during the evenings of June 12 & 13 and during the day and evening of June 14.  Each year our festival draws larger crowds who come to sample the food, enjoy the carnival, unique train display and musical talent. This opportunity offers great exposure to our local community.
For more information on volunteering or to sign-up as a food vendor at Railroad Daze, please email bcollins@vofp or call 847-671-4800.


Franklin Park/Schiller Park/River Grove Chamber of Commerce Scholarship

The Franklin Park/Schiller Park/River Grove Chamber of Commerce is now accepting applications for its annual scholarship for the 2014-2015 school year. 

Open to all Franklin Park, Schiller Park, and River Grove residents, the application may be accessed by contacting the Scholarship Chair, at 
info@chamberbyohare.org.  Please include a contact phone number.   Applications and all required information must be received by May 1st, 2014.  The Franklin Park/Schiller Park/River Grove Chamber of Commerce will award one $1,000 scholarship to a full-time student based on the following criteria: educational goals, grade point average, campus/community involvement, and application content and quality. 

Applicants must be accepted as a full-time student at an accredited college, university, community college or trade school in the United States and have had a minimum 3.0 GPA in high school. In addition, applicants must be a resident of Franklin Park, Schiller Park, or River Grove; a U.S. citizen or permanent resident, demonstrate financial need based on the FAFSA, and have developed in a leadership role in school, the community, employment, etc.

The award selection will be completed by May 31, 2014.  Please direct any inquires to 
info@chamberbyohare.org
.  

 

Franklin Park Police Department Releases Annual Report

The Franklin Park Police Department's 2013 Annual Report provides an overview of the public safety challenges our community faces and a summary of crime and accident trends for 2013. Last year our public safety professionals moved into the new LEED Gold certified police station and the police department reported a decline in reported crime and an increase in arrests. To read the entire report, go to FRANKLIN PARK POLICE DEPARTMENT 2013 Annual Report(requires Adobe Reader)


Welcome to the Village of Franklin Park's On-line Bill Pay.

Welcome to the Village of Franklin Park's On-line Bill Pay. As part of our on-going effort to improve services, we are now offering this new payment option to our residents and businesses. We hope you will find it easy and convenient to use.
 
Payments for Water/Sewer/Garbage can be made using: MasterCard, Visa and Discover
You may make a payment via E-PAY to the Village of Franklin Park by clicking on the link below:

Payments for Water/Sewer/Garbage

If you are experiencing problems with this service, please call 847-671-4800.

Please note: There is NO convenience or any other fee charged to residents for this service. The prior note that appeared here was posted in error. We apologize for any inconvenience.

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Upcoming Events

Adjudication Court 2014 April 17 (April 17, 2014; 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM)
Event details:
April 17, 2014
Time:10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Location: Police Station, Franklin Park, US-IL -US-IL

Adjudication Court
 
Village Hall Closed 2014 April 18 April 18, 2014 (All Day Event)
Event details:
April 18, 2014
All Day Event
Village Hall Closed
 
Village Hall Closed 2014 April 19 April 19, 2014 (All Day Event)
Event details:
April 19, 2014
All Day Event
Village Hall Closed
 
Special Committee of the Whole Meeting 2014 April 19 (April 19, 2014; 09:00 AM - 12:00 PM)
Event details:
April 19, 2014
Time:09:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Special Meeting of the Committee of the Whole
 
President and Board of Trustees Meeting 2014 April 21 (April 21, 2014; 07:00 PM - 09:00 PM)
Event details:
April 21, 2014
Time:07:00 PM - 09:00 PM
President and Board of Trustees Meeting
 
 

Spring in FINALLY Here!

 
‘Oh, to be in Franklin Park now that April is here!’ Maybe that is not exactly what poet Robert Browning wrote; he said England. But all of us who have endured this long, brutal winter are wholeheartedly welcoming spring. This winter weather has taken a toll on our homes, our yards and our spirits.
 
 Now is the time to check the condition and working order of a few things around the house. Gutters and downspouts should be clean, unobstructed and with no leaks. Drainage should flow away from the house and residents should consider installing a rain barrel. Windows should be checked for cracks, torn screens, broken hardware and dried out or damaged caulk. Also, check for leaky faucets and appliances inside the home to both conserve water and help reduce the cost of your monthly water bill.
 
 When we can get in our yards, I strongly urge you to consider natural lawn care. This limits pollutants going into our groundwater and is better for our air quality. Pesticides and weed killers used on our lawns come into our homes and can cause illnesses. The Village utilizes natural lawn care on all its properties. Helping our environment can be as simple as using organic plant based fertilizers and weed deterrents, including corn meal gluten, planting native grasses and ground covers that require less fertilizer and water and watering only in the cool, early morning hours. For more information on natural lawn care, please visit www.midwestpesticideaction.org or
click here to download details
 

Earth Day Celebration April 26

Franklin Park is working to be a model of sustainable communities. Toward that goal, we are again partnering with the Park District in their annual Earth Day celebration. This free event will be held at their Centre at North Park on Saturday, April 26 from Noon until 2PM. This family-friendly event will feature music, games, and an expanded Sustainability Fair. Interactive booths will offer opportunities to learn more about conserving natural resources, using rain barrels, environmentally safe cleaning methods and alternative energy sources. We will also look at ways to increase recycling through a contest where winners get prizes for identifying what is recyclable and what is not.
  To aid in your spring cleaning, a recycling area will be set-up. Various organizations will be on hand to collect a variety of items. Savers will take clothing, the Lions Club will collect eye glasses and the American Legion will collect old flags and dispose of properly. Our E-Recycling Container will be available for your electronic recycling and items can include computer equipment, batteries, cell phones and televisions.
 I am inviting everyone to join me at 11AM on April 26 to kick-off Earth Day celebration as we plant trees on the corner of Ruby and Pacific. Trees not only beautify our Village, they provide economic and environmental benefits as well. I hope you enjoy our Spring weather, our Earth Day activities and are getting ready for summer. We have waited a long time .
 

Street Repair Referendum Passes

 The referendum to allow the Village of Franklin Park to levy a 1% sales tax passed in the March 18 primary by 63%. When the Village Board of Trustees approves the sales tax, the funds raised will be dedicated to much needed street repair and maintenance. This tax will not be placed on groceries or medicine.
 Passing this referendum will improve public safety, allow our Village to stay competitive in attracting new businesses and investment and lessen damage to our vehicles. This is a great step forward in revitalizing our Village without relying on property taxes.
 As we progress with our streets program, we will keep you informed of upcoming street repairs and maintenance schedules. Thank you to the Citizens Advisory Committee for their work on exploring solutions to our infrastructure challenges. If you would like to help prioritize our projects and revenue expenditures, call 847-671-8235 or email Mayor@vofp.com.

Program Provides Coverage For Outside Water Lines

Did you know that homeowners are responsible for the repair of your buried, outside service water line that runs from the utility service shut off valve to your home?  A new program offered through the National League of Cities (NLC) and administered by the Service Line Warranty Program (SLWP) offers voluntary warranty protection, at an affordable price, for water lines in the event of a failure.  It will cover repairs or replacements on the outside water line that runs from the point of the utility responsibility to your home.
 
Many factors beyond the life expectancy of the pipe can contribute to a failure including tree root intrusion, ground shifting and weather – all factors which are covered through this program.  The program provides up to $4,000 in coverage with an additional allowance for public street or sidewalk cutting.  Additionally, the program has no annual or lifetime limits, service fees or deductible.  If lines break, leak or clog – SLWA will repair the line using local, licensed contractors who are familiar with local code and can ensure a timely response.
 
For questions about this service, or to enroll, please contact Service Line Warranties of America at 866-922-9006 or visit www.SLWofA.com.

How To Report Excessive Train Horn Sounding

Excessive train horn sounding has become such an important issue for our Village that Mayor Pedersen recently traveled to Washington DC to speak personally regarding this to Joseph Szabo, the Federal Railroad Administrator.  Mr. Szabo encouraged our residents to go straight to the Federal Railroad Administration Alleged Violation Reporting Form and report the violation online at: www.fra.dot.gov/app/violationreport
 
When you get to the part of the form that asks "Type of Alleged Violation", the drop down arrow will give you several options.  Click on the option for "Train Horns."  Please complete the time, date and location and then explain that you are reporting excessive train horn sounding that was either too loud, too long, or both.
 
Please continue to inform the Village about your experiences with train horns as we will be following up with the Federal Railroad Administrator to ensure that this issue is addressed.  Thank you for taking time to complete the Alleged Violation Reporting form.
 
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