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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.



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.


Franklin Park Comprehensive Plan Public Kick-Off Meeting – August 4

The Village of Franklin Park is excited to begin work with the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP) to develop a new Franklin Park Comprehensive Plan, which will serve as a guide for future development and decision-making in the Village. Residents are encouraged to attend the public kick-off meeting to learn more about the planning process and take part in the discussion. Details of the meeting are as follows:

Tuesday, August 4th, 2015
6:30 PM
Franklin Park Police Station Community Room
9451 Belmont Avenue
Franklin Park, Illinois

Please contact the Department of Community Development & Zoning at (847) 671-8276 with any questions about the meeting.



Back to School & Health Fair – August 8

The Village is co-sponsoring an event with our surrounding communities to help get kids ready for school. The Turn Center is hosting Hopefest on Saturday, August 8 at 10 AM. Free physicals and other medical screenings will be provided until Noon.

Other free services including fingerprinting and haircuts will be provided until 2 PM. Free book bags with school supplies will be distributed to the first 400 students. A free raffle will be held to win a laptop and tablet. Carnival style games and refreshments will be provided. Hopefest will be held at 35 E. North Avenue in Northlake. Please call 708-865-8876 for more information or download the flyer here ....


Public Meeting to Discuss Redevelopment of Brownfields - August 10

The Cook County Department of Environmental Control is collaborating with seven municipalities, including the Village of Franklin Park, to conduct US EPA Brownfields Grant Assessment program activities. The purpose of this program is to select and assess brownfields in support of redevelopment. Brownfields are abandoned or under-used industrial and commercial properties with actual or perceived contamination. These activities can attract business to redevelop the land, which would create jobs, increase floodwater retention, and increase quality of life, among other benefits.

We invite you to attend a public meeting to learn more about the project goals and to provide your input on properties you would like to see targeted for redevelopment.

Village Board of Trustees Meeting
Monday, August 10th
7:00 PM PM
Franklin Park Police Station Community Room
9451 Belmont Avenue
Franklin Park, Illinois

Please contact the Department of Community Development & Zoning at (847) 671-8276 with any questions about the meeting. Click here to view an event flyer.

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..


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.


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.


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!

Our Village Moved Quickly In Response to Extreme Weather

The Chicago region has suffered some extreme weather over the last few years. We have been especially hard hit with torrential rains and severe summer storms. In fact, due to flooding emergencies, Illinois has declared a state of emergency 12 times since 2000. In 2011, 19 counties in Illinois experienced over 25 broken records for rainfall.

On Monday, June 15th, Franklin Park experienced another incident of extreme weather. Over 4 1/2 inches of rain fell in just a few hours. The volatility and frequency of these torrential rains make it difficult to plan ahead. And though we cannot control the weather, we can manage our reaction. That is why this month’s column is dedicated to thanking Village of Franklin Park staff for their quick, tireless and concerted efforts to assist residents in the aftermath of the storm.

Staff Assists Residents in Aftermath of Storm

Working around the clock, our Police and Fire personnel worked in tandem with staff from Streets, Utilities and the Water and Sewer Division to curb the flooding, safeguard the public, clean streets, clear sewer openings and remove debris. Our staff also walked door to door in the hardest hit areas to determine the level of damage. They advised residents to take pictures and document damage for their insurance companies. They assisted residents who had water logged furnaces or water heaters. If was not possible to quickly dry out the equipment, they connected them to local plumbers who could provide help.

The flooding also required sanitary clean-up. Cleaning up this type of back-up is an issue of public safety. Our staff contacted a professional company that assisted residents in cleaning the damaged property to adhere to health safety requirements. This incident happened on the Monday after our Annual Railroad Daze festival. The majority of our staff had worked over-time and / or volunteered throughout the weekend to make the festival a success. But not one staff member hesitated to pitch in and work together with their colleagues, neighbors and friends to deal with the aftermath of the storm. Extreme weather will continue. The only thing we can count on is its unpredictability. That is why we continue to dedicate our efforts to restoring and enhancing our Franklin Park infrastructure.

We are undergoing roadway construction, replacement of water mains, installing new storm sewers and rehabilitating existing sanitary sewers. That is why the 2014 passage of the non-Home Rule sales tax was so important to our Village. That is why the Board and I continue to seek grant opportunities at all levels of government, so we can maximize our infrastructure while limiting the burden on the taxpayer. I am proud of our efforts in that regard. But I am especially proud of the fine men and women I get to work with every day. We share a vision for the future of our great Village and a concern for our residents and neighborhoods. They demonstrated their concern and commitment after these last storms. They are what make our Village a great place to live, work and raise a family.

Thank you to all.

I hope we all enjoy the rest of our summer – flood free!

Barrett Pedersen


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