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Sick of old-style Chicago politics?  In a truly innovative experiment in direct democracy, transparency, and economic reform, Alderman Joe Moore is asking you, the residents of the 49th Ward, to participate for the third year in the 49th Ward’s Participatory Budgeting process.

The first year, over 100 volunteers worked to develop 36 projects. Of these 14 were selected in a vote by over 1600 members of the community to receive a total of $1.3 million in funding–the entire capital infrastructure budget from the wards’ Menu Fund.

Last year, 21 projects made it onto the ballot in addition to a separate question on the percentage of the Menu Fund that should be dedicated exclusively to street resurfacing–$300,000 were reserved to cover PB project cost overruns.  My constituents voted for an average of 57.2% to be dedicated exclusively to street resurfacing, in addition to 12 projects.

The 49th Ward is the first political jurisdiction in the nation to implement a participatory budgeting process, and Alderman Moore has made it a permanent fixture in the Ward.

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The next round of PB Neighborhood Assemblies is around the corner!  Come learn about the proposed projects from each of the five committees that will be on the final ballot.  All assemblies are scheduled from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

  • Tuesday, April 3rd 2012, United Church of Rogers Park, 1545 W. Morse Ave.
  • Wednesday, April 4th 2012, Chicago Math and Science Academy, 7212 N. Clark St.
  • April 12th, St. Jerome’s Parish Center, 1709 W. Lunt Ave. (Spanish language assembly)

Signs with meeting room information will be posted at each location.  See you there!

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After meeting with City experts, conducting inspections, careful research, and reviewing cost estimates, the 5 committees have managed to narrow down the long lists of suggested improvement projects resulting from the Neighborhood Assemblies late last year (Arts & Other Committee received close to 50 suggestions!) to those listed below. Please note that the committees will continue examining these various projects to present to you a more concise list at the 2nd round of Neighborhood Assemblies in April, so come back as we continue to update the list below. The following projects are currently being considered:

Streets

1. Streets Vote – A separate question will appear on the ballot asking voters to vote on a specific percentage of the 2012 aldermanic menu budget that should be devoted exclusively to street resurfacing. The votes on this separate question will be tallied and an average calculated.  That average will determine the percentage of the 2012 aldermanic menu budget that will be devoted exclusively to street resurfacing. The cost of resurfacing this year is $36,ooo for the first 5 blocks, and $58,000 per block after that to cover half the cost of installing the handicapped curb cuts. The following streets and alleys are being considered for resurfacing this year (listed in alphabetical order):

  1. 1200 W Birchwood Av – Lake to Eastlake Tr
  2. 1300 W Birchwood Av – Eastlake Tr to Sheridan Rd
  3. 7600 N Bosworth Av – Howard St to Jonquil Tr
  4. 7500 N Claremont Av – Birchwood Av to Howard St
  5. 7400 N Damen Av – Jarvis Av to Fargo Av
  6. 7450 N Damen Av – Fargo Av to Birchwood Av
  7. 1800 W Estes Av – Ravenswood Av to Wolcott Av
  8. 7050 N Glenwood Av – Greenleaf Av to Estes Av
  9. 7100 N Glenwood Av – Estes Av to Touhy Av
  10. 1600 W Greenleaf Av – Ashland Av to Paulina Av
  11. 7051 N Clark St (Alley north of Greenleaf Av)
  12. 2000 W Jarvis Av – Damen Av to Seeley Av
  13. 2050 W Jarvis Av – Seeley Av to Hoyne Av
  14. 2100 W Jarvis Av – Hoyne Av to Ridge Av
  15. 7700 N Marshfield Av – Jonquil Tr to Juneway Tr
  16. 1750 W Morse Av – Clark St to Ravenswood Av
  17. 1700 North Shore Av – Clark St to Hermitage Av
  18. 1734 North Shore Av – Hermitage Av to Ravenswood Av
  19. 7050 N Paulina Av – Greenleaf Av to Estes Av
  20. 7100 N Paulina Av – Estes Av to Touhy Av
  21. 7600 N Marshfield Av (Alley north of Howard St)
  22. 1000 W Pratt Bl – Lake to Sheridan Rd
  23. 6800 N Ravenswood Av (west) – Pratt Bl to Farwell Av
  24. 6900 N Ravenswood Av (west) – Farwell Av to Morse Av
  25. 7400 N Seeley Av – Jarvis Av to Fargo Av
  26. 1700 W Wallen Av – Clark St to Metra

Arts and Innovation

2. Underpass Murals – twenty-two murals are being proposed, at a cost of $5,500 each, for a total of $121,000, at the CTA and Metra locations below.

  • 1400 W Estes (south wall) – replaces an older, worn down mural
  • 1800 W Estes (north wall)
  • 1800 W Estes (south wall)
  • 1400 W Chase (north wall)
  • 1400 W Chase (south wall)
  • 1800 W Birchwood (north wall)
  • 1800 W Birchwood (south wall)
  • 1800 W Touhy (north wall)
  • 1800 W Touhy (south wall)
  • 7300 N Greenview (southeast wall)
  • 7300 N Greenview (northwest wall)
  • 1400 W Morse (south wall)
  • 1800 W Morse (north wall)
  • 7400 N Rogers (north wall)
  • 7400 N Rogers (south wall)
  • 1800 W Pratt (north wall)
  • 1500 W Sherwin (north wall)
  • 1440 W Sherwin
  • 1100 W Sheridan (north wall)
  • 1100 W Sheridan (south wall)
  • 1800 W Farwell (south wall)
  • Dubkin Park – cost of large wall mural lessened to $5,500 by contracting with Alternatives Youth Group

3. Leaf Out the 49th Ward – 100+ trees will be planted in parkways, in-filling areas where trees are missing or have never been planted, to achieve a 20% tree canopy coverage by 2020 ($75,000).

4. You Are Here Information Sites – visitor information sites will be installed at each CTA and Metra station entrance in the 49th Ward ($175,000).

Parks and Environment

5. Touhy Park Playground Completion – an additional $125,000 will cover the remaining costs for the installation of a $450,000 playground.

6. Pottawatomie Park Water Feature – above ground ($75,000).

7. Albion/Hartigan Parcel Improvement – create contemplative garden at Albion and the Lake ($150,000).

8. New Drinking Fountains – Loyola Park and Paschen Park ($8,000 each; $24,000).

Traffic and Public Safety

Five residential light replacement projects are being proposed: new aluminum poles with 250-watt main fixture and 50-watt ornamental sidewalk fixture at an estimated cost of $65,000 per block, and 250-watt fixtures directed to areas of concern at $500 per unit.  In addition, four traffic safety projects with varying costs.

9. 1400-1600 W Juneway Tr – Sheridan Rd to Ashland Av (2 blocks; $130,000).

10. 1400-1600 W Estes – Glenwood Av to Ashland Av (2 blocks; $130,000).

11. 6950-7200 N Glenwood Av – Lunt Av to Touhy Av (2 blocks; $128,000).

12. 1200-1250 W Sherwin – Sheridan Rd to the Lake (1 block; $65,000).

13. Flood Lights at 2000 W Birchwood & Chase Av (8 units; $4,000).

14. Parking Reconfiguration Eastbound on Jarvis Av from Clark Av ($16,000).

15. Pedestrian Safety at Ridge Av – four intersections ($70,000).

16. Pedestrian Safety at Howard St CTA Station – pedestrian signage and restriping ($17,000).

17. Pedestrian Safety at Pottawatomie Park – additional signage and restriping at Wolcott Av, Rogers Av and Honore St, and an ADA pedestrial ramp ($22,000).

Transportation

18. Rogers Park Bike Network, Phase 3 – Add striped bike lanes on Clark St from Howard St to Albion Av ($60,000).

19. Bus Stop Benches – Locations at 16 bus stops in the 49th Ward at a cost of $2,450 each ($39,200).

20. Metra Stop Enhancements – New three-sided structure for southbound riders ($125,000).

21. Sidewalk Repairs – Repair the sidewalks in the 49th Ward that are in need of attention–priority given to those leftover projects from 2010-2011 ($150,000).

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Community representatives, self-selected volunteers from our Neighborhood Assemblies held late last year, have been working diligently since December 2011 to research and develop the proposed projects their neighbors suggested for inclusion on the 2012 Participatory Budgeting Ballot.  Check back for a list of each of the 5 committees’ projects to be presented at the 2nd round of Neighborhood Assemblies in March.

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The new year of PB is starting later this month and we would love to see you all at your local Neighborhood Assembly!  All assemblies are scheduled from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. , with pizza and refreshments served at 6:30 p.m.  Assemblies will begin promptly at 7 p.m.

  • Wednesday, Oct. 19th 2011, St. Margaret Mary’s, 7331 N. Claremont Ave.
  • Thursday, Oct. 20th 2011, Pottawattomie Park, 7340 N. Rogers Ave.
  • Monday, Oct. 24th 2011, Loyola Park Fieldhouse, 1230 W. Greenleaf Ave.
  • Thursday, Oct. 27th 2011, New Field School, 1707 W. Morse Ave.
  • Tuesday, Nov. 1st 2011, Loyola University Centennial Forum Student Union, 1125 W. Loyola Ave.
  • Thursday, Nov. 3rd 2011, United Church of Rogers Park, 1545 W. Morse Ave.
  • Tuesday,  Nov. 15th 2011, St. Jerome’s Parish Center, 1706 W. Lunt Ave. (Spanish language)
  • Wednesday, Nov. 16th 2011, Alden Village North, 7464 N. Sheridan Rd.
  • Thursday, Nov. 17th 2011, Willye White Park, 1610 W. Howard St.

Signs with meeting room information will be posted at each location.  See you there!

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Community volunteers have been working since November 2010 in 6 committees developing projects for the 2011 Participatory Budgeting Ballot. The following are the projects being considered:

Streets

1. Streets Vote – A separate question will appear on the ballot asking voters to vote on a specific percentage of the 2011 aldermanic menu budget that should be devoted exclusively to street resurfacing. The votes on this separate question will be tallied and an average calculated.  That average will determine the percentage of the 2011 aldermanic menu budget that will be devoted exclusively to street resurfacing. The cost of resurfacing this year is $36,ooo for the first 5 blocks, and $58,000 per block after that to cover half the cost of installing the handicapped curb cuts. The streets that are up for resurfacing this year are (listed in priority):

1. 1500 W Pratt Blvd – Ashland Ave to Greenview Ave
2. 1400 W Pratt Blvd – Greenview Ave to Glenwood Ave
3. 1300 W Pratt Blvd – Glenwood Ave to Lakewood Ave
4. 1200 W Pratt Blvd – Lakewood Ave to Sheridan Rd
5. 6800 N Wolcott Ave – Farwell Ave to Pratt Blvd
6. 6900 N Wolcott Ave – Lunt Ave to Farwell Ave
7. 7000 N Wolcott Ave – Greenleaf Ave to Lunt Ave
8. 1400 W Jarvis Ave – Greenview Ave to Sheridan Rd
9. 7400 N Wolcott Ave –  Birchwood Ave to Fargo Ave
10. 7500 N Wolcott Ave –  Howard St to Birchwood Ave
11. 1300 W Columbia Ave – Glenwood Ave to Lakewood Ave
12. 1200 W Columbia Ave – Lakewood Ave to Sheridan Rd
13. 7700 N Marshfield Ave – Juneway Tr to Jonquil Tr
14. 7700 N Hermitage Ave – Juneway Tr to Jonquil Tr
15. 7500 N Claremont Ave – Howard St to Birchwood Ave
16. 6930 N Paulina Ave –  Lunt Ave to Morse Ave
17. 7000 N Paulina Ave – Estes Ave to Lunt Ave
18. 6900 N Ravenswood Ave – Lunt Ave to Farwell Ave
19. 7000 N Ravenswood Ave – Farwell Ave to Pratt Blvd

Arts and Other Projects

2. Metra Underpass Renovation at Birchwood, Touhy and Estes – New lighting, improved pigeon abatements and fresh paint at Metra underpasses. – $15,000

3. Neighborhood Kiosks – Public bulletin boards placed at various locations throughout the ward. Current sites include:

Clark and Lunt

Howard “L”

Loyola and Sheridan

Loyola Park, by the Heartland Café stand

Clark and Birchwood

Chase and Sheridan – $15,000

4. Decorative Light Poles – Each light pole on Clark St from Wallen to Touhy, and Sheridan from the Loyola El Station to Touhy would be painted with a simple design. – $25,000

Parks and Environment

5. Beach Path Extensions at Jarvis, Touhy and Morse– Construct ramps at lakefront paths at Jarvis, Leone and Loyola Parks that lead from pathway to the water. – $105,000

6. New Playground at Touhy Park – Replace playground at Touhy Park Park with a safer and more modern design. – $175,000

 7. Additional Funds for Paw-ttowatomie Park Dog Park Additional funding to help pay for amenities at the new dog park at Pottawattomie Park including fencing, water fountains and a storage shed. – $45,000

Public Safety

8. Police Cameras Priority One: Wireless POD cameras equipped with blue strobe light above intersection at Rogers and Damen, Loyola Park Fieldhouse, and  Estes and Glenwood             – $60,000

9. Police Cameras Priority Two – Wireless POD cameras equipped with blue strobe light above intersections at Lunt and Paulina, and Touhy and Sheridan- $40,000

10. Residential Street Lighting, Priority One : Juneway Terr, from  Sheridan Rd to Ashland Ave – New residential street lighting from 1400 – 1600 W Juneway Terr. – $130,000

11. Residential Street Lighting, Priority Two: Ridge Blvd to Damen Ave – On Chase Ave and Birchwood Ave – New residential street lighting from 2000 – 2200 W Chase Ave and 2000 – 2200 W Birchwood Ave  – $60,000

12. Residential Street Lighting, Priority Three: Morse Ave from Clark St to Ravenswood Ave, and Sherwin Ave from Sheridan to the Lake New residential street lighting from 1730 – 1800 W Morse Ave and 1200 – 1250 W Sherwin Ave $120,000

13. Residential Street Lighting, Priority Four: Estes Ave from Ashland to GreenleafNew residential street lighting from 1400 – 1600 W Estes $120,000

Traffic Safety

14. Ashland and Greenview Traffic/Pedestrian Signal – Install a new traffic signal with pedestrian crosswalks –  $320,000

15. Ridge and Jarvis Crosswalks – Install ADA ramps and crosswalk paint by St. Scholastica Academy. – $40,000

16. Touhy, Rogers and Ridge Intersection Safety – Basic geometric improvement consisting of realigned curb and gutter along with sidewalk modifications – $75,000

Transportation

17. Bike Racks – 20 Bike racks at high traffic areas throughout the ward. The Chicago Department of Transportation has promised to match the 49th Ward’s investment with an additional 20 new and refurbished racks upon approval of this project. $12,000

18. Rogers Park Bike Network, Phase 2 – Add 2 miles of striped bike lanes at Rogers from Clark Ave to Touhy Ave, Eastlake from Rogers Ave to Sheridan Rd, Albion Ave from Lakewood Ave to Loyola Campus, Lakewood Ave From Albion Ave to Morse Ave, and Pratt Ave from Ridge Bvd to the Lake: – $90,000

19. New Canopy at Rogers Park Metra Station – Construct a new, better-designed canopy on eastern Metra platform. – $50,000

20. Sidewalk Repairs, Priority One: 7201 W Claremont Ave, 2301 W Chase and 2101 W Fargo – Repair the sidewalks in the 49th Ward that are in the most urgent need – $145,000

21. Sidewalk Repairs, Priority Two: 7202 N Hamilton Ave, 1147-51 W Pratt, 7300 N Rogers Ave and 1250 W Sherwin – Repair the sidewalks in the 49th Ward that are in moderate need of attention – $95,000:

22. Sidewalk Repairs, Priority Three: 1944-46 W Touhy, 1901 and 2001 blocks of W Lunt, and  1247-65 W Columbia: Repair the sidewalks in the 49th Ward that are in moderate need of attention $55,000

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The Mass Underpass Murals Project is now underway! Alderman Joe Moore and the 49th Ward Participatory Budgeting Process invite Chicago-based artists to submit their designs to paint one of twelve CTA and Metra underpasses in Rogers Park. Final selection will be determined by a community vote. If you are interested, or know anyone who is interested in submitting a design for a mural, you can download the application by clicking on the link below.

Rogers Park Mass Mural Project Application

Artists must either live in Chicago or have a studio based in Chicago. All designs must be received by Friday July 16, 2010 at 5:00 PM. They can be e-mailed to RPMassUnderpass@gmail.com or dropped off/mailed to:

49th Ward Service Office

attn: Mass Underpass Project

7356 N. Greenview Ave, Chicago, IL 60626

We look forward to seeing what the great artists of Chicago come up with, and check back here in July for preview of the designs that will be on the ballot!

Rogers Park Mass Mural Project Application

For pictures of the sites visit http://www.facebook.com/?ref=logo#!/pages/Chicago-IL/Regeneration-Project-Mass-Underpass/308829700921?ref=ts&ajaxpipe=1&__a=55.

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