I’m pleased to report that work will begin next week on the installation of new acorn-style streetlights on five and a half blocks in the 49th Ward.
The new streetlights illuminate the street better than traditional streetlights because the lights are closer to the ground. The new streetlights also contain a second light that illuminates the sidewalk, as well, enhancing pedestrian safety.
The new streetlights were among the projects selected by the voters in the 2014 Election Results. Participatory Budgeting is an annual process by which I give the residents in my ward the power to determine by popular vote how to spend $1 million of the 49th Ward’s capital improvement budget.
- 7200-7399 N. Greenview–Touhy to Jarvis
- 1425-1599 W. Chase–CTA tracks to Ashland
- 1500-1599 W, Sherwin–CTA tracks to Ashland
Though the 1500 block of Sherwin was not one of the blocks listed on the PB49 ballot, it is receiving new streetlights. Because of its close proximity to the other blocks getting new streetlights, the City’s Bureau of Electricity determined the 1500 block of Sherwin could be added at no additional cost to the taxpayers.
If you are interested in securing new streetlights for your block, or have another capital improvement request, submit your request by replying to this email. I will refer it to the community resident volunteers who will serve as “PB49 Community Representatives”in the upcoming 2015-16 Participatory Budgeting process.
Or better yet, attend one of the Participatory Budgeting Neighborhood Assemblies that will take place this November and become active in the Participatory Budgeting process by becoming a Community Representative. For a schedule of the upcoming assemblies, CLICK HERE.