With the cold and snow over this past week – and no let-up in sight – you can count on our office staff for help. Last weekend and all week our office staff has connected people with folks who can shovel snow at reasonable prices, while our Ward Superintendent Dan Murphy has been blowing snow, salting and reminding neighbors of their responsibility to keep sidewalks clear in front of their property. Click here to complete a form requesting shoveling help.
In this weekly email, your Aldermanic Service Staff reviews what’s happening in the 49th Ward office and on the streets. Please reply to this email with your thoughts, and what you might like to see included in the future.
Ward Supe-r services: What Dan Murphy does to help you. Your 49th Ward Streets and Sanitation Ward Superintendent, Dan Murphy, stopped by the office yesterday to grab a cup of coffee before heading back out. We joked that this was the first break he’d taken in the past six days (including the weekend) to which he replied, “Yeah, it’s nuts out there. And we’re supposed to get more snow this weekend before the temperatures plummet.” When asked what he’s been up to lately, here is what he said:
- Even though all building owners are required by law to shovel and salt their sidewalks, it can be hard to get a hold of responsible parties at vacant properties. Dan has been making sure those buildings still have safe sidewalks by doing the work himself (we then work with the parties responsible to make sure they don’t take advantage of his kindness).
- After hearing from residents along Sheridan that the bus stops were hazardous, he shoveled and salted every single stop, from Howard to Devon. Technically, building owners where the stops are located are responsible for this work.
- When a neighbor complained that a large television had been sitting in the alley for weeks because it was too heavy for one person to lift, he arranged for the 48th Ward supe to come help him remove it.
- He made a pit stop to clean trash under some of the train viaducts where people hang out and leave behind litter.
- He met with residents concerned about rats in their yards to coordinate rodent baiting, getting crews out in half the time 311 predicts.
This is all in the past three days, on top of Dan’s routine responsibilities of coordinating our trash collection and street snow removal. We’re telling you this because Dan doesn’t stop to take credit for his incredible work. We depend on him every day to help keep Rogers Park running smoothly. If you need his help on any streets and sanitation issue, call us (773-338-5796) or reply to this email and he’ll soon be on the case.
Public Safety: CAPS meetings every month with police. Chicago Police this year are putting more resources into the CAPS program by making sure beat officers are attending CAPS meetings each month, instead of every other month as in recent years. Locate your CAPS Beat on the map below, and then find your standing meeting date (under Beat Meetings) on our website. Mike Land, Bob Fuller and Kevin O’Neil on our staff attend each meeting. At the meetings you’ll hear crime stats and be able to share your public safety concerns. And hear some success stories! For instance, at the Beat 2422 meeting last week, we heard that 24th District Police cleared a bunch of package theft cases from before Christmas when the burglary team recognized someone brought into the station on a burglary charge. He was charged with those package thefts as well.
Infrastructure updates: Water main work on Morse, Ashland swings into high gear. Millennium Contracting crews are working through this tough weather as they replace a 100-year-old water main on Morse and Ashland from Touhy to Pratt. It was so cold Monday that the only crew they had working citywide was at Greenleaf and Ashland to replace the main into Field School while students were off for the King holiday. Work continues on Ashland, with crews working their way south from Touhy to just north of Pratt. Read details about this infrastructure improvement project and follow weekly updates on our website. Chief of Staff Kevin O’Neil is working directly with job foremen to keep neighbors informed about the progress and address constituent concerns.
City services: New year – need new Zone 56 guest passes? We have gotten a number of calls from folks looking for new residential guest parking permits in the Zone 56 parking area – roughly from Glenwood Avenue east to the lake, and between Pratt and Devon. Check out our website (under Zone 56 Residential Parking) for info about the special parking zone. These guest passes are available for purchase only from the Chicago City Clerk’s office, where they cost just $8 for 15 guest passes. We do not sell the passes at the Service Office, but we do buy some booklets to provide to residents in the zone in need of emergency passes. Guest parking permits for 2019 are purple in color. See the lovely photo below.
For fun: 50 kids compete and learn in basketball tournament. Four ward schools – Jordan, Gale, Acero and Kilmer – participated in a basketball tournament Monday on Martin Luther King Day. The kids at Kilmer won the tourney, but of course, everyone was a winner. During a game break, the sponsors played Dr. King’s “I Have a Dream” speech and the kids discussed what the speech means and how to apply it to every day life. Many thanks to sponsors Friends of Sullivan, along with Sullivan High School, the Chicago Park District, Mike Glasser, Norman Polk, and Staff Assistant Wayne Frazier, who helped pull all parties together. Next up: Another tourney during March Madness. See rogerspark.com for a complete report and more photos.
ICYMI: Alderman Moore’s emails this week
Our 49th Ward Service Office Staff is here to serve you: Wayne Frazier (infrastructure issues), Mike Land (business, zoning, and property tax issues), Cecilia Salinas (Participatory Budgeting coordinator and immigration issues, bilingual), Ann Hinterman (housing specialist and Glenwood Sunday Market manager), Bob Fuller (legislative aide) and Kevin O’Neil (police and schools issues). Please let us know how we can improve our work for you. Also, share any other thoughts you have about this email by hitting reply.
Yours very truly,
49th Ward Service Office Staff