Do you ever wonder just what your 49th Ward Service Office does all day? This new weekly newsletter, written by your service office staff members, will give you a taste of the non-traditional things we work on.
The seven of us* handle over 150 inquiries each day. Some are routine, like requests for pothole repair, snow shoveling complaints, landlord/tenant concerns, and questions about events we’re hosting. Others require a little more creativity, sensitivity, or just plain persistence. The next time you see one of us, ask us tell you the alley chicken story…
In this issue:
Infrastructure: The Howard clock saga
We hear you: Working together to improve Rogers Park
Parks & beaches: Lakefront Safety Task Force update
Events: Save the date
For fun: Brrrring the cold!
In Case You Missed It: recent events + Alderman Moore’s emails this week
Infrastructure: The Howard clock saga. We won’t give you the whole tick-tock on this tale–suffice it to say that many of you contacted our office over the past several months to report the clock on Howard and Greenview was losing time or stopped. When we asked Staff Assistant Michael Land to provide an update on the escapade, his notes went on for pages about the steps he’s been taking and the various people he’s had to contact: ✔️ his efforts to reset the clock controller, ✔️ the special tool necessary to access the service panel, ✔️ his back-and-forth with the installer to honor the warranty…
All told, Mike was working on this project for about six months. And just when we finally saw the clock running properly again, an electrical outage on the north side of Howard Street threatened to erase all his hard work. Knock on wood, as of February 1st, it looks like the clock might actually be repaired. WHEW!
We hear you: Working together to improve Rogers Park. We love hearing from constituents and depend on you to help improve operations in the neighborhood. Here are some examples of changes for the better in Rogers Park thanks to folks like you:
- Improved communication during Morse/Ashland water main emergency shutoffs: When Millennium crews unexpectedly had to shut off water for several hours in the evening late last week, several callers let us know they hadn’t seen the notices posted on their apartment doors. The contractors had always been calling property managers to give them a heads up, but now they will specifically ask landlords to help inform residents of the building who may have missed posted notices. The Service Office will be working with the Chicago Department of Water Management to try and send out these emergency bulletins via the construction update text alert system. You can sign up for those messages for Project 1501254 here. We’ll continue to post updates on our website.
- Proper placement of a corner clearance sign at Pratt & Glenwood: One eagle-eyed resident noticed that crews had improperly reinstalled a corner clearance sign so that it eliminated a number of legal parking spots. Thanks to her quick notification, we were able to get the sign moved to the proper location so parking isn’t quite as terrible. (Psst! Looking for off-street parking? We’ve compiled a list of spots for rent on our website: click “Rogers No-Park: Where to Find Overnight Off-Street Parking.”)
Parks & beaches: Lakefront Safety Task Force update. In the wake of the tragic drowning of 13-year-old Darihanne Torres at Loyola Park Beach in July, Alderman Moore formed a Lakefront Task Force.
The Task Force consists of representatives from the Chicago Fire Department, Chicago Police Department, the Chicago Park District, Lurie Children’s Hospital, the Illinois Department of Natural Resources, and water safety advocates. It has met four times and is now finalizing policy ideas for Alderman Moore to present to the City Council and Park District Board. Already, these agencies and city departments are working collaboratively to make our lakefront safer for everyone. Look for an email from the Alderman with more details in the near future. Legislative Aide Bob Fuller is staffing this Task Force.
- Saturday, February 9th, 10:00 a.m. Alderman Moore’s 29th Annual FREE Valentine’s Day Movie, The New 400 Theaters, 6746 N Sheridan Rd.
- Saturday, February 16th, 1:00 p.m. Leone Park Winter Trudge at Touhy and the lake. Join the Leone Beach Park Advisory Council for its second annual Winter Trudge. Explore the unique winter landscape of the Lake Michigan waterfront.
- Saturday, April 27th, 10:00 a.m. till 2:00 p.m. Shred-a-thon! 7356 N. Greenview. Stay tuned for more details.
For fun: Brrrring the Cold! We made it through a tough week of record low temperatures, and our fair share of snow. (But certainly not as much as the city got in January of 1967. See photo.) Thanks for shoveling this week, and for looking after your neighbors.
In Case You Missed It: Recent events + Alderman Moore’s emails this week
- Over 70 residents, including an intrepid group of students from Family Matters, sampled greens, sweet potatoes, catfish, and mac & cheese at I’m Soul Hungry (2043 W. Howard) at last week’s Follow Me on Friday. Check them out in person or on GrubHub.
- The CityKey ID event at Pottawattomie Park this week drew more than 200 people ready to get their municipal ID. We’ll be partnering with City Clerk Anna Valencia to host another event as soon as possible.
- Community residents to review proposal for a microbrewery at 1617 W. Howard (Meeting Wednesday, February 6th)
- See the first place Loyola Ramblers at “49th Ward Night!” (Some tickets still remain!)
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
* Your 49th Ward Service Office Staff is here to serve: 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), Dan Murphy (ward Streets and Sanitation superintendent), and Kevin O’Neil (police and schools issues).