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Have Ideas To Improve Far Northwest Side’s 39th Ward? Neighbors Can Pitch Plans To Spend $500K

So far, residents have submitted ideas to improve dog park areas, repave and beautify blocks, install red-light cameras to curb speeding and more.

The North Park Village Nature Center at 5801 N. Pulaski Rd in 2019. The nature center received aldermanic menu money last year for improvements, Ald. Samantha Nugent (39th) said.
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SAUGANASH — Residents of the 39th Ward who want to see area improvements can submit their ideas to Ald. Samantha Nugent.

Nugent (39th) has started the ward’s participatory budgeting process, which allows neighbors to propose and vote on projects to improve the ward.

Nugent has earmarked $500,000 from “aldermanic menu” money, which is ward-specific money that aldermen allocate to meet needs across the ward. The funds are meant to address neighborhood issues such as street paving, sidewalk repairs, bike lanes and beautification.

Aldermen have different methods for choosing projects to fund. Participatory budgeting allows neighbors to conceive and determine which projects should receive funding.

For the third year, Nugent is accepting ideas from residents. To submit a proposal, click here. The site requires users to create accounts.

Ideas can be submitted through Nov. 18. Members of the participatory budgeting committee will then assess each proposal and determine what projects will be on the community ballot. Any resident can join the committee and attend upcoming meetings to help decide which projects will be finalists.

Any 39th Ward resident 14 and older will be able to vote on the community ballot when it’s open to the public early next year.

“The last two cycles of PB have been a great success and I am looking forward to another great year,” Nugent wrote in her most recent newsletter.

So far, residents have submitted ideas to improve dog park areas in the ward, repave and beautify blocks, install red-light cameras to curb speeding and more. To view the proposals submitted so far, visit the participatory budget website.

Last year, Nugent said participatory budgeting funded the renovation of the North Park Village Nature Center, improvements to the Little Gompers path, baseball diamond improvements in Sauganash, a mural installation and more.

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