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Please Complete the Water Service Line Survey


The Village is requesting that homeowners complete a survey to determine how many lead service lines are still in use in the Village with the goal of eventually replacing them. It will ask you to identify the type of material used in your water service. Instructions on how to identify the material of your water service are included in the informational brochure. 

You can mail it in or email it to the following address: servicesurvey@vofp.com

Water Service Survey Brochure

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Memorial Day Observance – May 30


Please plan to attend the Village’s annual Memorial Day Observance on Monday, May 30 at 11 AM at the Veterans Monument. The event is co-sponsored with the American Legion Post 974 and will pay tribute to our deceased Franklin Park veterans from all branches of service and will feature an honor guard, a ceremonial presentation of the memorial wreath, and more. For information, contact the Mayor’s Office at (847) 671-8236.

 

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Volunteers Needed - Franklin Park Fest


Get on board! Volunteers are needed on Saturday, June 11 from 10 AM to 3 PM to help with Railroad Day events. Join us and you will receive a Franklin Park Fest t-shirt and a free meal on Saturday! Call us at 847-671-8236. To learn more about this year's festival

https://www.villageoffranklinpark.com/events/railroaddaze/

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Clean-up After Your Pets


For the safety and enjoyment of everyone, the Village is asking dog owners to please keep your furry friend on a leash and to always clean-up after them, including on your own property. Dog waste is full of disease-causing bacteria and parasites that can be harmful to humans and to other dogs. It is also a major food source for rodents. Always carry extra waste bags with you wherever you roam with your four-legged pal. Your neighbors thank you for your consideration and for practicing good pet owner etiquette./p>

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Community Garden Space Available - Reserve Now


Residents can reserve space now in the Village's Community Garden located next to Village Hall. The Community Garden is open to residents interested in growing their own flowers, vegetables and herbs and will include watering through an underground sprinkler system. You must commit to regularly maintaining and weeding your space. Please call Andy Smolen at (847) 708-2963 to reserve a raised bed space. Space is limited, so don't delay!

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VILLAGE OF FRANKLIN PARK SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAM


The Village of Franklin Park is accepting applications for our part-time Summer Youth Program. Office clerk, and laborer positions are available. The program begins May 2, 2022 and ends September 30, 2022.

Click for more info on qualifications for employment 

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Assistance Program for Illinois Homeowners Impacted by Covid


The Illinois Homeowner Assistance Fund will provide $309M in mortgage assistance for those homeowners impacted by COVID-19. Eligible households can apply for up to $30,000 in free assistance to pay past due mortgage payments, property taxes, property insurance, and delinquent homeowner and/or condo association fees. For more information, go to www.IllinoisHousingHelp.org. Applications open on Monday, April 11 and will be accepted until Tuesday, May 31. To read more 

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Leyden Family Services at Village Hall


Leyden Family Services will be at Village Hall to help residents who have questions or need help applying for government programs like Medicare, Medicaid, LIHEAP and more.

Staff can also help with understanding medical bills, prescription assistance, and more. Bring your Social Security award letter and paycheck stubs that show the amount of income you receive. No appointment is necessary and facemasks are required.

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Scheduled Village Hall dates are from

9 AM to Noon on

  • June 15
  • July 20
  • August 17
  • September 21

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Leyden Family Services at Village Hall


Leyden Family Services will be at Village Hall to help residents who have questions or need help applying for government programs like Medicare, Medicaid, LIHEAP and more.

Staff can also help with understanding medical bills, prescription assistance, and more. Bring your Social Security award letter and paycheck stubs that show the amount of income you receive. No appointment is necessary and facemasks are required.

Document Checklist

Scheduled Village Hall dates are from

9 AM to Noon on

  • March 16
  • April 20
  • May 18
  • July 20
  • August 17
  • September 21

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Quiet Zone Update


Despite COVID-related setbacks, Metra was able to complete their pedestrian safety improvements. The Village has also completed street improvements including installing delineators down the centerline of the roads at 25th and Ruby.

The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) has approved a permit for the Village of River Grove to install lane delineators on River Road and Thatcher Road. The expectation is that construction will begin this summer and should be completed in the fall of 2022. When this safety improvement project is complete, the Village of Franklin Park and the Village of River Grove will file jointly for a Quiet Zone designation.

The Village is in regular contact with River Grove regarding updates on their progress. Please watch our Village newsletter for updates on this important project.

To learn more about the Quiet Zone application process....

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AN EXCITING TRANSFORMATION

Over the last few years, the Village took a proactive approach in transforming the Grand and Mannheim commercial corridor into a viable, robust location for national retail establishments and restaurants. For years, the commercial area was primarily vacant and in a floodplain. To address these issues, the Village added stormwater mitigation to reduce flooding. New roadways, accessible sidewalks, and curbs were also constructed, and commercial lots were prepared for development.

As a result, the Grand and Mannheim corridor has attracted reputable, national retailers including Starbucks, Chipotle, Jersey Mike’s, AT&T, and Chase Bank making the Franklin Marketplace development a vibrant and thriving commercial area. But there is even more to tell.

New Hotel Brings Visitors, Tax Revenue and Beautification

I am excited to announce that construction will begin soon on a four-story, 110 room Wyndham Gardens Hotel on the 2.67-acre lot, just west of Mannheim Road at Grand Avenue. This hotel is serving as an anchor for other development in the area. Conveniently located near O’Hare International Airport and major highways, the everyday traveler will find the hotel comfortable and accessible. In keeping with the Village’s mission, Wyndham will be incorporating sustainable elements including a modern and attractive wood exterior with green landscaping elements, and LED lighting. The hotel also plans to incorporate operations that will lower energy and water consumption.

The Village will be adding sidewalks to connect the hotel to the existing and future retail outlets in the corridor. The entire property will be pedestrian accessible with new exterior lighting and landscaping added to further enhance the corridor.

Revitalized commercial corridors are also important revenue generators for the Village. The hotel will bring in sales tax, a 1% hotel/motel tax, and property tax. These taxes will help us hold the line on residential property taxes.

Village Wins Grant

The Village has been selected for grant funding through the federal Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement (CMAQ) program. The Regional Transportation Authority’s Access to Transit Program submitted the $890,000 project on behalf of the Village which will fund the creation of a new bike path and provide improved pedestrian connections between the Village’s Metra stations and three PACE bus routes. These paths will also link to the Des Plaines River Trail to the east and the proposed Franklin Avenue Multi-Use Path westbound to the Cook/DuPage County border.

The effort will create a regional network of bicycle routes and provide safer non-vehicular access to dense employment areas and to downtown Franklin Park. Additional improvements will include 8-foot multi-use paths, shared-lane street markings, dedicated bike lanes, covered bike shelters at Metra stations and upgrades to existing paths and crossings. New sidewalks are being built where formerly none existed. Trees and grass will be planted along industrial parking lots, so residents and visitors will see more greenery, softening the view of industrial buildings.

Support for Ukraine

I was pleased to welcome Pavlo Bandriwsky, Vice President of the Ukrainian Congress Committee of America IL Division to speak at a recent board meeting. The Council asked for donations of first aid kits, retired body armor, military grade helmets, and police vests. The people of Franklin Park have been incredibly supportive of, and generous to, the Ukrainian efforts to retain their independence and liberty. Let’s all continue to help in every way possible to end this unjust war.

Mayor Barrett Pedersen

 

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For over ten years, the Village has been urging the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) for a traffic light at River Road and Robinson Roads. IDOT recently completed the project which installed a left-hand turn lane and a turn arrow that will provide area residents and businesses with safe access into and out of the community. Most importantly, it will allow motorists to avoid the dangerous experience of attempting the turn onto River Road.

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