LOGAN SQUARE — The results of this year’s 35th Ward participatory budgeting cycle are in: Residents voted to resurface some alleys and streets and install street lamps near two schools, among other projects.
Ald. Carlos Ramirez-Rosa (35th) announced the winners of the program on Friday after several weeks of voting.
Ramirez-Rosa is among a group of alderman who ask residents to choose how $1.3 million in discretionary funding for the ward should be spent to make the process more democratic.
In this year’s cycle, resurfacing alleys was the top vote-getter.
Under the program:
- About four asphalt alleys will be resurfaced, with a budget of $200,000. Each city alley costs about $60,000 to repair depending on its size and the extent of the damage, Ramirez-Rosa’s office said.
- About five residential sidewalks will be repaired, with a budget of $300,000. Typically, a city sidewalk costs $85,000 to repair.
- There will be five street resurfacing projects, with a budget of $300,000. The cost to resurface one residential street is $83,000, depending on the length of the block.
- The wrought iron fence surrounding Helge A. Haugan Elementary School in Albany Park at 4540 N. Hamlin Ave. will be replaced. New lighting will also be installed near the school. Lighting will be installed in the 2900 block of North Sawyer Avenue near Avondale-Logandale Elementary School at 3212 W. George St. These projects have a budget of $200,000.
The projects will be done throughout 2021.
Specific locations will be posted after receiving engineering estimates and surveys from the Chicago Department of Transportation, Ramirez-Rosa’s office said.
For more information, and to join the leadership committee next year, visit the alderman’s website.
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