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Sidewalk Repairs, Street Resurfacing And More: Help Decide How $1.3 Million Should Be Spent In 35th Ward

Residents of the 35th Ward can now vote in the alderman's participatory budgeting process. The winners will be announced in mid-February.

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LOGAN SQUARE — Now’s the time to get that crumbling sidewalk repaired.

Starting this week, residents of the 35th Ward can help decide which infrastructure projects Ald. Carlos Ramirez-Rosa’s office should pursue as part of the alderman’s annual participatory budgeting process.

The 2021 participatory budgeting cycle opened up for voting Monday. Residents can vote to get sidewalks, alleys and streets resurfaced, and street lamps and bike lanes installed. The projects that win the most votes will be done in spring and summer.

Installing street lights on a residential street near Avondale-Logandale School and street lights and a fence at Helge A. Haugan Elementary are the two special projects being offered this year.

This year’s top vote-getters will be announced in mid-February, the alderman’s office said.

Aldermen are given $1.3 million in discretionary funding each year for infrastructure projects. Ramirez-Rosa is among a group of aldermen who ask residents to vote on how the money should be spent to make the process more democratic.

Normally, residents can vote in person, but with the coronavirus pandemic, Ramirez-Rosa’s office is encouraging folks to vote online. The alderman is opening up the 35th Ward office for voting 3-5 p.m. Jan. 22 and 3-5 p.m. Jan. 29 or by appointment.

To register to vote, go here. A sample ballot can be found here.

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