Joe Lauro
Utilities Commissioner
(847) 671-8253
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Public Works Department

Public Works

Public Works is comprised of three divisions that perform all the duties that help provide us with water, utilities and help maintain its overall physical infrastructure.  It is comprised of three divisions: Water & Sewer, Streets and Fleet Maintenance.  Each division performs critical functions for our Village and is described in more detail below.

Water & Sewer Division

The Village has four combined sewer overflow locations along the Des Plaines River. To view information related to any discharges along the River from the Village or neighboring upstream communities, visit the Combined Sewer and Overflow Event Information page available on the website of the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago (MWRD).

Streets Division

The Village Streets Division handles all public street, right-of-way and landscaping responsibilities including street repairs, our forestry program, brush removal, street sweeping, alley maintenance, snow removal and traffic and street sign replacement.

Fleet Maintenance Division

The Village owns and maintains many specialized and common vehicles for providing services to our community.  The Fleet Maintenance Division provides and coordinates all vehicle maintenance, repair and mechanical enhancements for our entire fleet - including our Police and Fire vehicles.


Yard Waste & Street Sweeping

Please put leaves in brown biodegradable bags only and place them near your trash and recycling for pick-up. Bags can be purchased at local grocery and hardware stores. Leaves cannot be picked-up if they are placed in plastic bags or in the street. Do not put or blow leaves into the street. It clogs the street sweepers and sewers and causes unnecessary flooding and maintenance costs. Also, burning leaves is not permitted in Franklin Park.

Fall is a great time to mulch your leaves to sprinkle over plants and shrubs to help retain water and protect them over the long winter months. You can also skip the raking and simply mow over your leaves a few times and leave them on your lawn to add nutrients and provide protection from winter weather. The Department of Public Works will sweep Village curbs through late November. Please check signs on your block for parking restrictions. For more information, call 847-671-8252.

Click here to learn more about composting.


50/50 Sidewalk Program

The Village is accepting applications now for the 50/50 Sidewalk Program to replace damaged and cracked concrete on the public sidewalk near your home. Homeowners and the Village share the cost evenly.  Please call at 847-671-8217 to be placed on the list for this summer. The Village will contact you to make an appointment to discuss the details. If you apply after May 1, you will be placed on the list for next year. 



Village Begins Branch Pick-up

Please place all reasonably sized branches where you put your trash for pick-up by 7 AM on Monday of the pick-up week, and the branches will be picked up by the end of the day Friday. If the branches not be picked up due to unforeseen issues, we will resume collection where we left off on the following week. If branches are put out late and not by 7 AM on Monday of the pick-up week, and trucks have already gone through that section of town, branches will not be picked up until the next scheduled pick up week. If you have any questions call 847-671-8252. Pick up weeks are:

  • March 20th
  • April 3rd and 17th
  • May 1st, 15th and 30th (due to Holiday)
  • June 12th and 26th
  • July 10th and 24th
  • Aug 7th and 21st
  • Sept 5th  (due to Holida)y and 18th
  • Oct 2nd, 16th and 29th
  • Nov 13th - last pick up date (weather permitting)

Village 2015 Street Improvement Projects

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.

Program Provides Coverage For Outside Water Lines

The National League of Cities Service Line Warranty Program covers the consumer-owned portion of the primary water or sewer service line from the foundation of the home (including portions of the line which may be buried or embedded in a concrete slab beneath the home) to the public utility connection.

The NLC Service Line Warranty Program provides generous coverage for repair to the clogged, broken or leaking water and sewer lines serving the residential home when the flow of the line is interrupted due to normal wear and tear. Additional coverage allowances are provided if public street or sidewalk cutting is required in order to make the repair. All permits and line locations, if needed, are obtained by the plumbing professional at no cost to the homeowner prior to making the repair. All repairs conform to the Village's plumbing and excavating codes.


  • No annual/lifetime limits on the number of repairs
  • No hidden service fees or deductibles
  • More than 97% of submitted claims are approved
  • Toll-free 24-hour hotline with bilingual agents
  • Network of local, trusted and professional contractors
  • Repairs are generally completed within 24 hours
  • Line repairs comply with city code.

For questions about this service, or to enroll, please contact Service Line Warranties of America at 866-922-9006 or visit


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