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Long Term Care Counseling Available

Need Help Applying for Government Programs? 

Leyden Family Services will be at Village Hall on the third Wednesday of the month to help residents who have questions or need help applying for government programs including Medicare, Medicaid, and LIHEAP. 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.  Scheduled Village Hall dates are from 9 AM to Noon:

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Scheduled Village Hall dates are from 9 AM to Noon:

January 17th, February 21st,

March 20th, April 17th 

May 15th, June 12th

July 17th, August 21st

September 18th, October 16th

November 20th, December 18th

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Watch for Scams

If you receive something in the mail requesting the need to
have a worker conduct a test or an inspection in your home, 
please
review the information carefully to verify if it is really from
the Village
. If you are unsure, please contact the Village at
(847) 671-4800 or call the Police Department at (847) 678-2444.

As a reminder, residents should always ask for identification
from anyone requesting access to their home. If you are
approached by an individual claiming to be a Village of
Franklin Park employee or a worker from a local utility,
make sure they have proper identification. You can also
check to see that they are driving a clearly marked Village
of Franklin Park or utility company vehicle. 
If something
seems suspicious or it just doesn’t “feel” right to you, please
call the Franklin Park Police Department at 847-678-2444
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Summer Jobs Are Available with the Village 

The Village of Franklin Park is accepting applications for our part-time Summer Youth Program. Office and laborer positions are available. The program begins May 1 and ends September 30. The salary is $12 per hour if you are under the age of 18 and $15 per hour if you are 18 years or older. For more information on qualifications for employment and to obtain an application, go to : Franklin Park jobs

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Utility Work Underway Around the Town 

Throughout the year you may see routine utility work around town including in Village streets and parkways. This work could be related to fiber optic lines for cable, including AT&T, Comcast, and other phone providers, ComEd, and Nicor. If the parkway is disrupted, the landscaping will be replaced when the work is complete. If you have questions or concerns, please call (847) 671-8245.  

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Historic Steam Locomotive to Stop in Franklin Park – May 8

Canadian Pacific Kansas City's (CPKC) historic Final Spike Anniversary Tour will stop in Franklin Park on Wednesday, May 8 from 3 until 8 PM. This will be the last opportunity to view "The Empress", the restored 1930 Steam Locomotive as it makes its final run through North America. The public will be able to view the exterior of the train and learn more about the locomotive and its history. Visitors will not be allowed to board the train. 

Bring the family and enjoy a fun-filled celebration of our country’s railroad heritage including the "Museum on Wheels". Children can also ride the Puffer Belly Express mini train and participate in crafting projects. There will also be vendors and displays including Operation LifeSaver.

Don’t miss this once in a lifetime opportunity to see this majestic steam locomotive in our community!

For more information: CPKC-2024-Steam-Tour-Schedule-Dates

 

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Community Garden Space Available – Reserve Now

 

Now is the time to reserve your spot in the Village’s Community Garden, located between the Veteran’s Memorial and Village Hall on Belmont Avenue. The Community Garden provides raised bed planting boxes and is open to residents interested in growing flowers, vegetables, and herbs. Please call Andy Smolen at 847-708-2963 if you are interested in learning more or to reserve a growing space. Space is limited so reserve now. Please note that if you reserve a space, you must commit to regularly maintaining and weeding the area. There is a one box per family limit.

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Help Keep Our Community Clean and Tidy

The Village has been working to deter rodent activity and has retained Orkin to set and regularly maintain more than 350 bait boxes throughout town. We need your help to eliminate sources of food and hiding places on and around your property.

 

Tightly close trash can lids and do not put trash bags on the ground. 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 during 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.

If you feel you have a problem near 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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Free Tax Preparation Services Available for Seniors

Triton College’s Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) is offering free tax preparation services to individuals aged 60 or older from low to moderate income households. IRS trained and certified volunteers will prepare tax returns for free. This service is available by appointment only by calling (708) 456-0300, ext. 3895. Locations include:Triton College, Leyden Township, Schiller Park Community Center, Melrose Park Public Library, Westdale Park and more.

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To view the Village's scheduled roadway, water main and other planned upgrades for 2023: Annual Construction Project Map 2023

 

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Grand Avenue Corridor Plan

The Village of Franklin Park and local stakeholders are working with the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP) to create a plan to transform Grand Avenue into a safe, accessible, and thriving corridor. The plan will help residents and elected and appointed officials guide future actions, decisions, and development in the community.

Visit the Grand Avenue Corridor Plan web page to see plan updates, share your feedback, explore documents, and take the future improvements survey.

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CONSTRUCTION NOTICE

Franklin Avenue Reconstruction

Franklin Avenue and Williams Drive will be open one lane in each direction through the winter.

To read more about the multi-year Franklin Avenue Reconstruction Project which is upgrading infrastructure to meet the needs of our growing industrial corridor while also creating safer, more efficient travel options for residents and visitors : Construction Page

 

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Mayor’s Column April 2024

New Grant Funding Awarded To Franklin Park

Last month, the Village of Franklin Park was honored to be the recipient of two grants from the Federal Community Funding Project.

Congressman Chuy Garcia awarded the Village $959,752 to support the Schiller Boulevard Reconstruction Project. This grant will fund the replacement of substandard water mains with new ductile iron pipe and replacement of all the lead services in this area. This effort is part of this year’s annual residential roadway improvements from Scott Street to Rose Street which will provide new asphalt, curbs, and sidewalks.

In addition, Congresswoman Delia Ramirez awarded the Village with $601,439 to support the Washington Street Improvements Plan. Substandard watermains and 20 residential lead service lines will be replaced along the street between Belmont and King Avenues.

Replacing the existing lead pipes and water mains will provide more families with access to cleaner, safer water. Upgrading our infrastructure and roadways along these corridors will provide a safer, more inviting, landscaped environment. These funds are available because of President Biden’s Bi-Partisan Infrastructure Act.

Congressman Garcia and Congresswoman Ramirez have been true champions for the families of Franklin Park. On behalf of the people of Franklin Park, we thank you both for this funding that will improve the lives of so many.

We look forward to working with you for many years to come.

FRANKLIN PARK CELEBRATES EARTH DAY

The Village will once again participate in the Park District’s Earth Day celebration. Join us, Saturday, April 20, from noon until 2 PM at the Centre at North Park to plant a tree, visit interactive kiosks, learn more about sustainable ways to nourish your gardens, and enjoy games, crafts, and prizes. Also, it’s a good opportunity to have documents shredded, to recycle electronics, and turn in unused or expired medications for proper disposal.

Please read the information below outlining the Global goals for Earth Day 2024 on our Sustainability page. Join us in becoming a champion for Mother Earth and lead us all to a greener future. Vofp.com/living/sustainability_initiatives/

CONGRATULATIONS FRANKLIN PARK

The Village has been designated a Gold Level Water Ambassador for our work to raise awareness about the water industry and to increase efforts to conserve this valuable resource. Also, our Village has earned a Growth Award for going above and beyond the standards set by Tree City USA. Less than 15% of Tree Cities have earned this recognition.

Make everyday Earth Day!

Mayor Barrett Pedersen

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Congressman Chuy Garcia presented Mayor Pedersen with a grant to support replacing existing lead pipes and water mains as part of the Schiller Blvd. Reconstruction Project.

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Congresswoman Delia Ramirez awarded a $601,439.00 grant to Village Clerk April Arellano and Nick Walny, the Village’s Director of Community Development. Funds will support infrastructure improvements that will provide more families with access to cleaner, safer water.

Learn about how to avoid unusually high-water bills and the online program that will help to reduce your water usage.

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