LOGAN SQUARE — Calling all 35th Ward residents: Now's your chance to suggest improvements to your parks and roads.
Ald. Carlos Ramirez-Rosa (35th Ward) is ramping up his third straight year of participatory budgeting with two public meetings, or "idea collection assemblies," in July.
Aldermen annually receive approximately $1.3 million earmarked for infrastructure improvements — paving streets, upgrading traffic signals, replacing street lamps, etc.
Historically aldermen have directed the spending themselves but in recent years a number of council members, including Ramirez-Rosa, have begun soliciting project ideas from constituents and putting them to a vote.
The meetings are set for 6:30-7:30 p.m. July 18 at Avondale Park, 3516 W. School St. and 6:30-7:30 p.m. July 24 at Athletic Field Park, 3546 W. Addison St.
Anyone who would like to be more involved in the participatory budgeting process is encouraged to attend the next leadership committee meeting, set for 6:30 p.m. July 11 at the ward office, 2708 N. Sawyer Ave.
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