General FAQs Questions

What removal service do we receive from Allied Waste and how much does it cost?

Are there regulations on train horns?


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What removal service do we receive from Allied Waste and how much does it cost?

Last summer the Village surveyed residents about their preferences regarding trash removal.  Based on the survey results, the Village negotiated a trash removal contract that meets the preference of our residents AND lowered our costs.
 
The new garbage fee is $22.96 per month per household.  Seniors now receive FREE service if they are 65 years of age or older, with documentation.
 
This new rate includes all services residents have received in the past including, unlimited weekly pick-up which includes bulk items.  In addition, there is still NO fee and NO sticker required for yard bags.  Yard bags are available for purchase at local grocery and hardware stores.
 
Also, the vast majority of respondents indicated that they wanted to recycle more. As part of our renegotiation of the Village’s garbage contract, we were able to provide residents with a 64-gallon recycling cart AND also REDUCE the monthly fee.  Research shows that having a larger bin means people will recycle more, which is better for the environment and helps to reduce the Village’s garbage removal costs in the long run.
 
You can no longer use the smaller recycling bins because Allied Waste utilizes a special automated system allowing their trucks to lift the new, larger bins, which is more efficient and therefore less costly to the Village.  You can keep your old bin for your personal use or drop it off at the Village’s Utility Department.

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Are there regulations on train horns?

In Franklin Park the horns seem to blow at all times of the day and night.  We have had many inquiries as to why the trains are allowed to blow their horns at all hours and what, if anything, can be done to stop it.
 
We have all been annoyed and disturbed by a loud train whistle, interrupting our dinner conversation, blaring over a favorite TV show or interrupting our sleep.  But trains blow their horns as a safety warning and unless extensive and expensive steps are taken, municipalities have no ability to cease the horn blowing.
 
The US Constitution "Commerce Clause" gives the federal government regulatory authority over trains and this usually preempts state or local government regulations.  Additionally, the Village, Cook County and the State have no jurisdiction over the railroads.
 
Municipalities can create a "quiet zone" from 10:00pm to 6:00am that would preclude the use of train horns.  But in order to apply for such a designation, we would first be required to make significant safety modifications to each at-grade crossing.
 
Modifications would include such things as quad gates or changing the grade level of the crossing.  Due to our current configurations, we would need to spend approximately $500,000 per crossing to be eligible to apply.   To effectively reduce the noise, all crossings – Franklin Park has seven at grade crossings - should be reconfigured.  This would cost the Village $3.5 million to perform these reconfigurations.
 
Clearly, in these recessionary times, we cannot afford these safety modifications.  Additionally, the State’s budget crisis and the financial issues in Washington make grants for these zones scarce.
 
However, we will continue to make this a top priority and aggressively pursue state and federal grants that could help us achieve ‘Quiet Zone’ designation.

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Clerk's Office FAQs Questions

Can I have a garage or yard sale?

Is there an ordinance for watering/sprinkling my yard in the summer?

Where can I register to vote and what are the requirements?

What type of identification do I need to register to vote?

When is the approved time for trick or treating on Halloween?


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Can I have a garage or yard sale?

Yes, two sales are permitted per calendar year.  They can be up to 30 hours in duration within three consecutive days between 8:00am and 7:00pm.   Registration with the Clerk’s Office is required prior to each sale.

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Is there an ordinance for watering/sprinkling my yard in the summer?

Yes, from May 15th to September 15th each year from 12:01pm to 6:00pm, it is unlawful to engage in lawn sprinkling or other landscape use of water supplied from the Municipal water system.

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Where can I register to vote and what are the requirements?

You can register to vote at the Clerk’s Office in Village Hall.  The following are required by Illinois State Law:
  • Must be a citizen of the United States
  • Be 18 years old by the next election
  • Vote at the address listed on the registration card
  • Display two pieces of identification, including one with a current address
 

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What type of identification do I need to register to vote?

  • Valid Driver's License
  • Valid US Passport
  • Illinois State ID
  • Social Security Card
  • Birth Certificate
  • Employee or a Student ID
  • Credit Card
  • Utility Bill displaying applicant’s name
  • Mail postmarked to applicant
  • Public Aid ID Card

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When is the approved time for trick or treating on Halloween?

On October 31st between the hours of 3:00pm and 8:30pm.

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Public Works FAQs Questions

Where can I put bagged leaves?

Who maintains shrubs and weeds along alleys?

What are the winter parking rules and restrictions?


Questions And Answers

Where can I put bagged leaves?

Residents should place leaves in brown biodegradable bags and remember to put them out on garbage day with recycling for pick-up.  Bags are available for purchase at local grocery and hardware stores. Leaves cannot be picked-up if they are placed in plastic bags or in the street.  Pick-up continues until December 5.

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Who maintains shrubs and weeds along alleys?

Residents are asked to cut the weeds that grow along their property near the alleys to help keep mosquitoes from breeding.  Residents are also required by ordinance to maintain schrubs and small trees to keep the public way clear for garbage trucks and other vehicles.

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What are the winter parking rules and restrictions?

Be advised that the winter No Parking restrictions are in effect on designated Snow Route streets after a 2” snow fall until snow clearing operations are complete.  Please note that secondary streets have a No Parking restriction after a 2” snow fall from 9:00am to 9:00pm on the odd address numbered side of the street and 9:00pm to 9:00am on the even address side.  Please check signs posted for clarification.

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