NORTH CENTER — Think your alley needs resurfacing? Got a streetlight that needs replacing? Know of an intersection that could benefit from a pedestrian countdown clock?
Now's the time to speak up.
Ald. Ameya Pawar has begun the process of determining how to spend the 47th Ward's $1.32 million in aldermanic menu money, and it starts with block audits.
Individuals and groups are encouraged to complete an online survey of their block's infrastructure needs. Paper copies are available at the ward office, 4243 N. Lincoln Ave. Surveys are due by Dec. 4.
In 2015, residents submitted 175 audits. A list of the projects that ultimately received funding can be viewed online.
In addition to projects identified via survey, the alderman also takes into account 311 requests and calls to the ward office.
Preliminary projects are put to a vote, but aren't the only improvements funded by menu money.
Members of the 47th Ward staff also conduct a field survey of the entire ward, and many of the problems they spot receive menu funds.
Voting on projects will take place in February and final projects will be submitted to the city by April, subject to final approval from the Chicago Department of Transportation where applicable.
Unfunded projects roll over to the next year for consideration.
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