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Fire Department Open House - October 15


The Franklin Park Fire Department will host its annual Open House event on Saturday, October 15 from 11 am until 2 pm at Fire Station #2 located at 10001 Addison Street. Join us for this informative and fun event that will feature fire protection techniques, tours of the facility, and equipment demonstrations. Bring the family to enjoy a fun-filled afternoon which will also include a bouncy house for kids, games, and free refreshments. To download the flyer: Open House

 

Remember, working smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors save lives -- test yours every month! For more information, call 847-678-2444. Read more fire prevention tips here ......

Help Keep Our Community Clean and Tidy

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The Village has been working to deter rodent activity and has retained Orkin to set more than 350 bait boxes throughout town. Orkin technicians check and re-bait boxes on a regular basis. We need your help to eliminate sources of food and hiding places on and around your property.

Securely fasten trash can lids and keep the area around your trash cans free of trash, food scraps, and spills. If you would like to rent an additional trash can from Republic Services, please call the Village for more information at (847) 671-8258.

  •  Maintain a clean front and backyard and remove clutter around your home. This includes firewood stacks, brush, debris, and dense shrubbery. Firewood should be elevated off the ground.
  •  Clean-up after your pet on walks and IMMEDIATELY in your own backyard. Dog waste is a major food supply for rodents.
  •  Do not leave pet food or water bowls outside. DO NOT feed birds or any other wildlife.
  • Remove fruit that has fallen from trees and pick ripe vegetables immediately.
  •  Keep your barbeque grill clean and free of grease.
  •  Regularly mow your lawn and eliminate the weeds in alleys and areas behind homes. Grass and weeds should not exceed six inches in height. Tall grass and weeds are a hiding and breeding place for rodents and mosquitoes.

 

If you feel you have a problem on your property, ask Orkin service workers when they are in your area to assess the situation in your yard. Please DO NOT tamper with Orkin’s bait boxes or move them into your backyard. DO NOT throw the bait boxes in the trash. If you are disabled or elderly and need assistance complying, please call (847) 671-4800. Also, if you see properties that need to be maintained, please call the Village. 

 
 
 

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Passport Service Available at Village Hall


The Clerk's Office is available to assist you with passport services and can also provide passport photos for a fee of $15. As a reminder, all applicants must be present and if the applicant is a child, both parents must be present. Appointments are encouraged but not required. Appointments are prioritized over walk-ins. To make an appointment, contact the Clerk's Office at (847) 671- 8242. To learn more about what is needed to apply, including information on identification and proof of citizenship requirements: 

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Submit Names Now for Veterans Monument


Do you know a veteran from Franklin Park? If you would like their name engraved on the Village Veterans Memorial wall, you may submit their name to have it added. To qualify, the veteran must have lived in Franklin Park, and you need to provide a copy of their DD-214 form (Honorable Discharge Papers) to the Village of Franklin Park Clerk’s Office, by October 14 to ensure the name will be added in time for the Village’s Veterans Day ceremony on November 11. For more information, please call the Clerk’s Office at 847-671-8242.

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Electric Vehicle Rebates Available


Illinois residents that purchase a new or used all-electric vehicle from an Illinois licensed dealer are now eligible for a $4,000 rebate thanks to the Reimaging Electric Vehicles (REV) Act. Apply at:https://www2.illinois.gov/epa/topics/ceja/Pages/Electric-Vehicle-Rebates.aspx

To learn more: Reimagining Electric Vehicles (REV) Illinois Program - REV

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Going Solar Will Save Money on Utility Bills


The Grow Solar Chicagoland program, supported by the Citizens Utility Board, aims to make solar power more accessible and affordable to communities like ours, even if you can’t install solar on your own roof. People have generally experienced a 10% to 20% reduction in electricity utility bills per month through the community solar program!

Groups of residents enter into an agreement (subscribe) to help fund solar panel construction. Then a utility installs, runs, and maintains solar panels somewhere in Franklin Park’s “Utility Service Area”. Everyone who subscribed then gets credits towards electricity bills equal to the solar panel’s output.

For more information on the program and how to participate visit: Chicagoland.GrowSolar.org

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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

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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

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  • June 15
  • 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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OUR SUSTAINABILITY EFFORTS ACKNOWLEDGED

Labor Day is the unofficial start of fall. Now that our students are back in school, I ask everyone to be especially mindful of traffic safety. Kids can be excited, distracted, and playful. They may not be aware of traffic rules, but we need to be very aware. Please observe the stop signs on school buses; when they are in use it means NO traffic can proceed in either direction. Let’s all contribute to making going back to school safe!

There is still great weather to enjoy. Inside our newsletter, you will find details on fun, family-friendly fall festivities. The Park District's Annual Fall Parade is coming up and we all love a parade!! The Pumpkin Fest will be held following the parade on October 2. Triton College will hold their annual Fall Family Fun Fest on October 1. Our Cook County Forest Preserves are a beautiful place to enjoy the beautiful fall colors. We are fortunate to have access to many acres of Forest Preserve land near Franklin Park. Plan a hike, a leisurely stroll, or the last family picnic of the season while the weather is still warm.

I want to thank the Morton Arboretum for selecting the Village of Franklin Park as the recipient of a grant to plant 50 new trees. The trees will be planted this October along 25th Avenue from Armitage Avenue to Grand Avenue. Trees are a vital part of our fragile ecosystem. They are critical in cooling the atmosphere and cleaning the air. Adding to our tree canopy will make our Village a healthier, cleaner, and greener community. Research has also demonstrated that communities that have tree-lined streets tend to experience less crime. Trees signal that a community is well cared for and that the local government and residents take steps to protect their neighborhoods.

The Metropolitan Mayors Caucus, through the Powering Safe Communities Program Grant in partnership with ComEd, has awarded the Village a $10,000 grant for EV (electric vehicle) charging projects. Recognizing that EVs can reduce carbon emissions, and improve public health outcomes, there is a special focus on electrification projects this year. EV projects that improve public health outcomes, provide for cleaner transportation options, and conserve the usage of energy are eligible. Our grant will be used to fund a portion of the purchase and installation of new electric vehicle charging stations. The stations will be designated to serve municipal owned electric vehicles at the Public Works facility. The charging stations may also be used by the public when not in use by Village personnel.

Mayor Barrett Pedersen

 

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Once again, our Police Department participated in the Cop on a Roof effort at our local Dunkin. Thanks to community support, over $3,600 in funds were raised for the Illinois Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics. All who donated also received a coupon for a free coffee and donut! Our compassionate, caring community once again in action!

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