ROGERS PARK — Park improvements, street and alley resurfacing and replacing greenery destroyed in a late-summer super cell storm are all slated for Rogers Park this year, based on results from the ward's Participatory Budgeting vote.
Of the $1.3 million in aldermanic funds set aside per ward, $650,130 will be spent to resurface 17 streets, sidewalks, alleys and alley aprons, $157,000 will be put toward new lights near Kilmer and Sullivan schools, $117,000 will go toward new residential streetlights, $80,000 will be used to replant 100 destroyed trees and $35,000 will pay for improvements to Dubkin, Loyola and Paschen parks, according to vote tallies from Ald. Joe Moore (49th).
An additional $300,000 will be set aside to cover cost overruns from 2015's projects and for "a small discretionary pool of funds for emergencies," according to Moore's office.
Runner-up proposals included new murals and mosaics, automatic doors for the Rogers Park Library, new benches near bus routes and curb cuts near the CTA Howard Street Red Line stop.
Moore said 2,139 residents cast a vote — a 16 percent increase from last year.
Residents were allowed to vote for what percentage of the budget should be put toward a certain project, and for months have been working in committees to whittle down resident ideas into categories to vote on.
See the full results here.
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