ROGERS PARK — Residents of the 49th Ward voted to spend $1 million of Ald. Joe Moore's discretionary budget on street resurfacing, bus stop benches, new carpeting for the library, a water feature at a park and a walking path extension along the lakefront.
Results of the 2014 Participatory Budgeting election were released over the weekend.
Moore said in an email to constituents that 1,763 people had voted, the highest turnout since he launched the initiative five years ago.
Fifteen new bus stop benches for Clark Street, Howard Street, Rogers Avenue and Sheridan Road garnered the most votes with 1,125 at an estimated cost of $36,750.
New carpet for the Rogers Park Library garnered the next highest with 1,037, at an expected cost of $100,000.
A new water feature at Pottawattomie Park garnered 813 votes, while a new walking path at Hartigan Beach garnered 687 votes. Both projects would cost about $75,000.
A new fence at Willye B. White Park, a water fountain at Pottawattomie Park, and a Astroturf field at Langdon Park were runner-ups.
After a harsh winter that tore up many of the city's roads, voters decided to spend the majority of the money — $690,000 — on street resurfacing, sidewalk repairs and new streetlights.
The following streets would be resurfaced:
• 7450-7500 N. Ridge Ave. — Fargo Avenue to Howard Street
• 7500 N. Eastlake Terrace— Birchwood Avenue to Howard Street
• 1200 W. Birchwood Ave. — the lake to Sheridan Road
• 7700 N. Marshfield — Jonquil Terrace to Juneway Terrace
• 7100 N. Paulina Ave. — Estes Avenue to Touhy Avenue
• 7000 N. Paulina — Lunt Avenue to Estes Avenue
• 1600 W. Greenleaf — Ashland Avenue to Paulina
• 1400 W. Estes Ave. — Glenwood Avenue to Greenview Avenue
• 1600 W. Estes Ave. — Ashland Avenue to Paulina Avenue
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