Learn About This Year’s Participatory Budgeting Ballot Items, Vote Beginning October 16

Learn About This Year’s Participatory Budgeting Ballot Items, Vote Beginning October 16

In the spring, residents offered their ideas for this year’s ballot during five different neighborhood assemblies. Volunteer community representatives have been working hard since then to develop 15 projects for the 2018 ballot.

Community representatives and staff members will be at the Jefferson Park Sunday Market this Sunday, October 8, from 9:30 am to 1:30 pmat Jefferson Memorial Park, 4822 N. Long, to let people know about the different projects on this year’s ballot.

Unable to attend the market? No problem! You can also view all the ballot items on the PB45 website. 45th Ward residents will also have the opportunity to vote on what percentage they would like to allocate of the $1 million towards street resurfacing. The projects on this year’s ballot include:

  • Colored LED lights under the Milwaukee viaduct: $140,000 or $240,000. Learn more about this project here;
  • Pedestrian bump-out at McVicker and Bryn Mawr: $70,000. Learn more about this project here;
  • Jefferson Park Branch Library facelift: $175,000. Learn more about this project here;
  • Pedestrian bump-out at Dakin and Lamon: $15,000. Learn more about this project here;
  • Pedestrian bump-out on Avondale to access the Gladstone Park Metra: $70,000. Learn more about this project here;
  • Mid-block bump-out on Higgins to Jefferson Memorial Park: $65,000. Learn more about this project here;
  • Repair sidewalks throughout the ward: $150,000. Learn more about this project here;
  • Repair curbs throughout the ward: $150,000. Learn more about this project here;
  • Hanging planters in 45th Ward business corridors: $25,000. Learn more about this project here.
  • 17 decorative trash cans throughout the ward: $26,000. Learn more about this project here.
  • Fencing and lighting near the Gladstone Park Metra stop: $70,000. Learn more about this project here;
  • Neighborhood greenway on Austin Avenue and from the Jefferson Park Transit Center to the North Branch Trail: $90,000. Learn more about this project here;
  • Adult exercise equipment at Wilson Park and Austin-Foster Park: $50,000/park. Learn more about this project here;
  • Montrose Avenue streetscape improvements: $35,000. Learn more about this project here; and
  • Marquee, sign, or other identifier for Jefferson Memorial Park: $100,000. Learn more about this project here.

Voting!

In an effort to increase voter turnout, this year 45th Ward residents will be able to vote online. Please keep your eye out for details regarding how to vote online in next week’s e-newsletter.

45th Ward residents 14-years-old and up will have the opportunity to vote early in-person in my office beginning October 16 through October 27. Please bring proof of residency to vote.

We will also host multiple mobile voting events ahead of the final vote onOctober 28The mobile voting events will take place from:

  • 10:00 am – 2:00 pm on October 20 at the Jefferson Park Branch Library, 5363 W. Lawrence. Ward residents will also have the opportunity to receive a free flu shot at this event;
  • 9:00 am – 1:00 pm on October 22 at the Independence Park Farmers Market, 3945 N. Springfield; and
  • 9:30 am – 1:30 pm on October 22 at the Jefferson Park SundayMarket, 4822 N. Long.

The final vote will take place from:

  • 10:00 am – 3:00 pm on October 28 at the Congregational Church of Jefferson Park, 5320 W. Giddings.

Participatory budgeting works best when the community participates, so I hope to see you at a voting event.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact my office atward45@cityofchicago.org.