I invite you to attend one of the upcoming Participatory Budgeting PROJECT EXPOS to learn about the proposed neighborhood improvement projects for 2018 and provide your feedback. The project proposals have been put together by neighborhood volunteers (our PB49 Community Reps), who’ve been working hard the last two months researching and crafting the proposals for your consideration.
This is all a part of the 49th Ward’s Participatory Budgeting process where I let the residents of the 49th Ward vote on how to spend the ward’s annual capital improvement budget.
You need only go to one of the Expos. The first Project Expo takes place TONIGHT (Tuesday, September 19th), 7:00 p.m. (complimentary pizza served at 6:30 p.m.) at Sullivan High School, 6631 N. Bosworth (use the main entrance in the middle of the block).
If you can’t make this Expo, you have two others to choose from. The Project Expos will be identical in content, so you need to attend only one.
The dates, times and locations of the other Expos are as follows:
- Wednesday, September 20th, 7:00 p.m., St. Jerome’s Parish Center, 1709 W. Lunt Ave (Spanish language only).
- Saturday, September 23rd, 10:00 a.m., Willye White Park, 1610 W. Howard. (at Ashland)
Some of the project ideas for this fall’s ballot include:
- Community bulletin boards at Pottawattomie and Touhy Parks
- Park benches at Loyola, Pottawattomie and Touhy Parks
- Bike lane extension on Prat between Clark and Ridge
- Streetlights on Greenview from Albion to Pratt
- Crosswalk countdown at Clark and Jarvis
- Water feature at Langdon Park
- Street and alley resurfacing and sidewalk repairs
You may ask yourself, didn’t we just vote in a Participatory Budgeting election?
In fact we did. This past May, 49th Ward residents turned out in record numbers to decide how to spend the 49th Ward’s 2017 “Aldermanic Menu” capital budget. For the results of that vote, click here.
Going forward, the Mayor’s Office of Budget and Management is asking all aldermen to submit their annual Aldermanic Menu requests much earlier in the year (no later than January) to ensure as many of our requests as possible get fulfilled in the same calendar year they are submitted.
To comply with the Budget office’s new timetable, the Participatory Budgeting Leadership Committee (which consists of neighborhood residents who oversee the PB process) and I changed the PB49 calendar from its traditional November-May cycle to a July-October cycle. This will enable us to submit our Ward’s Aldermanic Menu requests well ahead of the budget office’s January 2018 deadline.
The Project Expos are an important step in the PB49 process to ensure that the proposals on the ballot truly reflect the needs and desires of the 49th Ward residents. I urge you to attend one of the upcoming Expos and make your voice heard.
P.S. Mark your calendar for the upcoming 49th Ward Participatory Budgeting Election Day. Vote for your favorite 49th Ward infrastructure projects at the Voting Assembly, Saturday, October 14th, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., at the Chicago Math and Science Academy, 7212 N. Clark St. Early voting will take place beginning Sunday, October 1st, at sites throughout the 49th Ward.