Thank You for Your Service Chief Iovinelli
The highest priority of government is to keep our citizens safe. To that end, it is our mandate that our families, our neighborhoods, our homes and our businesses are protected.Steve Iovinelli has served with our Fire Department for 35 years and has been our Fire Chief for the last five years. Throughout his tenure, he has exemplified the highest principles of public service and demonstrated an enthusiastic commitment to safeguarding our community.
Chief Iovinelli is retiring this month. Chief Iovinelli worked hard to make sure our firefighters had the most cutting-edge equipment and the resources they needed to perform their jobs. During his tenure, he helped to accomplish this goal by securing almost $1,000,000 in grant monies to update critical life-saving equipment.While Fire Chief, the department added two new ambulances, three new cardiac monitors and two new fire engines, along with new air packs and power stretchers. Grant funding also allowed Chief Iovinelli to add three new firefighter / paramedics to our team.
The Chief was deeply committed to continuing professional education. He knew that in any emergency, our first responder must be highly trained and highly skilled in all life saving techniques. During his tenure, our Fire Department personnel attended over 140 classes and added an additional 3000 hours in Fire and EMS training. As Chair of the Illinois Fire Service Association, Chief Iovinelli worked with the State Fire Marshall to develop training standards for new firefighters. He traveled to both Springfield and Washington, DC to inform our legislators about the changing and on-going needs of the emergency responders.
We wish Chief Iovinelli and his family well as they begin an exciting new chapter. I know this, he will continue to be an involved citizen and he will always be a resource for our Village.On behalf of the Village Board of Trustees and all the grateful citizens of Franklin Park, I extend our deepest gratitude and appreciation to Chief Steve Iovinelli.
Recycling Correctly Is Critical
When it comes to recycling in Franklin Park, there is good news and bad news.
The good news is that Franklin Park residents have wholeheartedly embraced the practice of recycling since the Village provided large recycling carts. According to our waste hauler Republic Services, the amount of recycling per household has increased from 8.2 to 10.9 pounds per week.
The bad news is that a significant portion of material that residents place in the recycling carts is not recyclable. In fact, by placing the wrong items in the recycling bin, otherwise acceptable recycling items become contaminated and must then be hauled away and deposited in a land fill.
Please remember that the following items should NOT be placed in the recycling carts:
- Plastic bags
- Plastic film including shrink wrap
- Non-food and non-beverage plastic packaging, such as hard casing for compact disks
- Plastic objects such as toys, plastic knives, forks, spoons and disposable plates
- Metal hard ware items and fixtures
- Paper and cardboard with food waste or liquids
Our goal is to help residents better understand what is and what is not recyclable.
Click here to view our Guide to Recycling.
Mayor Barrett Pedersen