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.


Guidance for building owners to address potential water quality issues prior to “re-opening” buildings

The Village of Franklin Park Water Department understands that this is a stressful time for our community and for the customers that we serve. Please know that we continue to take all steps necessary to maintain safe, reliable water service.

More information can be found on the following links below:

Water quality durng covid 19

General Flushing Strategies for Returning Buildings...





Wood Chips Currently Not Available

Due to the on-going health crisis, the Village is not able to provide wood chips to residents to use in their landscaping. Also, the Village does not provide top soil for residential landscaping use.




Village Starts Leaf Pick-up Service

The Village's contractor has begun leaf removal service. Leaves cannot be picked-up if they are put in plastic bags or placed in the street. 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.

Please do not put or blow leaves into the street. It jams the street sweepers and causes unnecessary maintenance costs. Leaves that are swept or blown into the street clog the sewers causing back-ups and street flooding. Also, remember that burning leaves is not permitted in Franklin Park. Residents can skip the raking and mulch their leaves instead. Simply mow over the leaves a few times and then leave them on your lawn to add nutrients and to provide protection from winter weather. Also, sprinkle over your plants and shrubs to help retain water during winter months.

The Department of Public Works will sweep Village curbs through late November. Please remember to check signs on your block for parking restrictions. For more information, call (847) 671-8252. 



Branch Pick-up Schedule for 2020

The Village’s Department of Public Works will begin regular street sweeping beginning on June 15. Residents are reminded to move their cars to facilitate cleaning. Please check signs on your block for parking restrictions. The Village will restart regular branch pick-up service June 15. Place reasonably sized branches on the front parkway for collection by 7 AM on Monday of the pick-up week indicated below. The branches will be removed sometime by the end of the day Friday. If your branches are put out late (after 7 AM on Monday of the pick-up week), it is possible that you could miss the pick-up.

Village trucks begin promptly and if they have already driven through your section of town, your branches will not be collected until the next scheduled pick-up week. Please note that if storm clean-up is necessary, the Village may need to delay a scheduled branch pick-up. In this situation, we will resume branch collection where we left off the following week. If you have any questions regarding the schedule or size and weight requirements, please call 847-671-8252.

Pick up weeks are:

  • June 15 & 29
  • July 13 & 27
  • August 10 & 24
  • September 7 & 21 
  • October 5 & 19
  • November 2 & 16 (Weather permitting do to leaf pick up and or snow).


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


Water Survey Regarding Cross Connections and Service Lines

Water Survey Regarding Cross Connections and Service Lines The Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (IEPA) requires that all water systems in the State have an effective Cross Connection Control Program. Cross connections within the public water supply are a serious concern, as they can allow contaminants or pollutants to enter the public water system through what is called “backflow”. Backflow occurs when a drop-in water pressure causes your water to flow in the opposite direction. This can allow contaminated or polluted water to flow back into your drinking water. Given the IEPA regulations and the dangers that exist from unprotected cross connections, it is necessary to establish and maintain an effective cross connection control program to protect both the integrity of Franklin Park’s water supply as well as to protect our water customers.

In order to provide the best program possible, the Village of Franklin Park has contracted with Backflow Solutions, Inc. to inspect our water supply. Backflow Solutions, Inc. is a professional service company fully devoted to helping public and private water systems with development, implementation and maintenance of cross connection control program. Also, the Village is required by law to determine what type of service lines exists for all connections in our Village. If you are unsure about how to determine if you have a lead or copper water service line, there is easy to use information below to help you or you can call 847-671-8252.

Please complete the survey recently mailed and return it to the Village. You can also complete it on-line at If you have questions regarding cross connections, call 800-414-4990.

Franklin Park Lead Pipe Identification Brochure....


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