Learn more about the ballot items for the 2018 Participatory Budgeting Cycle by clicking on one of the images below. 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. Make sure to visit the voting page to learn more about upcoming mobile voting events, online voting, and the final voting event on October 28.
Alderman Arena’s statement regarding the 2017 participatory budgeting cycle:
Due to some changes in the city’s timeline for submitting Aldermanic Menu projects, I have decided to take one year off from the Participatory Budgeting cycle in 2017. I came to this decision after great consideration and internal discussion with the 45th Ward Participatory Budgeting Committee, Participatory Budgeting Chicago, and my staff. I have determined that by skipping the 2017 cycle, my office can focus on improving the process, increasing our outreach efforts, and making important infrastructure improvements in 2017.
The discussions surrounding this decision began after the Chicago Department of Transportation (CDOT) informed all aldermen that we are now required to submit our annual list of infrastructure improvements near the beginning of the year. In years past, these were due in the early summer. CDOT’s internal decision to change their deadline was made in an effort increase efficiency by having crews begin working on infrastructure menu items the same year they are submitted.
This change in the deadline means I will also need to adjust the Participatory Budgeting cycle. In previous years, the process would start in the fall and wrap up in May, with residents voting on various projects. For the 2018 Participatory Budgeting cycle, the process will start in early 2017, and residents will vote in the fall.
With the change in the cycle, it does mean that 2017’s menu money will not be put to a Participatory Budgeting vote. Instead, I plan on spending that money on projects that were approved by voters in the past, but came in at a higher cost than initially estimated. I also plan on focusing on residential streets throughout the ward as well as pedestrian safety issues.
In addition, my office and the Participatory Budgeting Committee are going to focus on our outreach efforts to increase involvement in the process and voter turnout. Participatory Budgeting provides a unique opportunity to determine how your tax dollars are spent and is most effective when residents become engaged. As such, we are always seeking and welcoming to new potential committee members. It is a great way to become more involved in your community and affect substantive change.
Those interested in becoming involved in the Participatory Budgeting process are encouraged to email my office or call 773-286-4545. Together, we can make the 45th Ward an even better place to live!
Projects Approved in 2016:
Voters decided that 50.9% the $1 million should go toward street resurfacing throughout the ward. That left $491,000 for projects selected by voters.
Other projects selected in 2016 were:
- 450 trees planted throughout the ward
- Curbs and sidewalks throughout the ward
- Viaduct lighting on Milwaukee under the UP Northwest Line
- 14 decorative trash cans in various locations
Projects Approved in 2015:
Voters decided that 54.7% of the $1 million go toward street resurfacing throughout the ward.
Other projects selected in 2015 were:
- Bike lanes on Milwaukee from Lawrence to Addison – Anticipated installation 2016
- School Campus improvements at Farnsworth Elementary and Disney II Elementary – Pending matching funds
- Pedestrian bump-outs at Milwaukee and Cuyler, Milwaukee and Warner, Milwaukee and Giddings, Central and Balmoral, and Central and Leland – Pending CDOT approval
- Pedestrian refuge islands on Cicero at Pensacola – Pending CDOT approval
- Lighting and pedestrian improvements under the Kennedy at Pulaski and the sidewalk next to the Kennedy from Pulaski and Dakin to Byron and Parkside – Installation scheduled late 2015
- People spots at Six Corners, around Lawrence and Milwaukee, and around Lawrence and Austin – Anticipated installation 2016
Projects Approved in 2014:
Voters decided that 55.1% of the $1 million go toward street resurfacing throughout the ward.
Other projects selected in 2014 were:
- New playground at Independence Park – Pending release of state matching grants
- Pigeon abatement and viaduct remediation – Pending re-evaluation of effective pigeon abatement methods
- Tree planting throughout the ward – In process
Projects Approved in 2013:
Voters decided that 54.6% of the $1 million go toward street resurfacing throughout the ward.
Other projects selected in 2013 were:
- Viaduct Remediation and Pigeon Abatement – Completed
- Artificial Turf at Beaubien Elementary – Completed
- Improved Lighting on the Milwaukee Ave. Viaduct just north of the Jefferson Park Transit Center – Completed
- Community Garden Improvements for OLV/St. John’s Food Pantry – Not feasible due to site issues
- Pedestrian Crossing Light at the Jefferson Park Transit Center – Scheduled installation Spring 2016