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33rd Ward Has $1M For Capital Projects, Send Ideas For How To Spend It

By Patty Wetli | November 2, 2017 8:44am | Updated on November 2, 2017 2:19pm
 Ald. Deb Mell is now fielding recommendations for how to spend $1.32 million in annual
Ald. Deb Mell is now fielding recommendations for how to spend $1.32 million in annual "menu" money.
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IRVING PARK — If there's a street in the 33rd Ward that needs paving, an intersection that could benefit from a countdown signal, or a sidewalk long overdue for repair, now is the time to tell Ald. Deb Mell about the problem.

Mell's office is fielding recommendations for capital improvement projects as the first step in the process to determine how to spend the ward's $1.32 million in annual aldermanic "menu" money.

Constituents' suggestions will be combined with data from the city's 311 system, as well as surveys conducted by ward staff.

Final projects will be chosen based in part on the greatest need, but also with consideration given to spreading menu funds across the ward. Some repairs may be deferred in order to avoid conflict with  ongoing water, sewer and gas projects. 

Suggestions can be submitted online (with the opportunity to attach a photo of the problem) or by calling the 33rd Ward office at 773-478-8040. Recommendations will be accepted through Jan. 14, 2018.

Click here to view the list of projects funded in 2017.

Mell will host informational meetings about the menu program process:

• Nov. 15, 6:30 p.m., Brands Park, 3259 N. Elston Ave.

• Nov. 18, 10 a.m., DePaul College Prep, 3633 N. California Ave.

• Dec. 7, 6:30 p.m., Horner Park, 2741 W. Montrose Ave.

• Dec. 14, 6:30 p.m., Roosevelt High School auditorium, 3436 W. Wilson Ave.

Not sure if you live in the 33rd Ward? Here's a handy map:

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