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  1.  Summary of November Meeting

  1.  Treasury Report

  1.  Presentation

Alderman Carlos Ramirez-Rosa attended our March meeting to inform Avondale residents on infrastructure and the role of participatory budgeting. Each alderman in Chicago receives about $1.3 million from the city to spend on improvement projects in their wards. However, rather than the alderman deciding how to spend the budget, participatory budgeting allows residents to vote on how their ward should spend their budget. While Aldeman Rosa notes that participatory budgeting allows residents to be part of the decision making process, it does not guarantee that every project will receive the popular vote. Unlike in political elections, the immigrant population and those over 14 year old are allowed to vote in the participatory budgets. Alderman notes that while some infrastructure projects do receive support, cost also impedes certain projects from being completed. Alderman Rosa also spoke about the digital billboard that was built at 3158 N. Sawyer. The billboard was part of a 2012 Chicago ordinance that gave the city the authorization to choose sign locations for 34 digital billboards without the approval of city council members. A clause in the ordinance, however, also allowed the city to find an alternate location for the billboard—a clause Alderman Rosa and other Avondale aldermen tried to use to stop the construction of the billboard. Letters and petitions were sent to Mayor Rahm Emanuel to stop the construction, but were unsuccessful. The deal guarantees the city at least $180 million in revenue over the next 20 years. Alderman Rosa encourages Avondale residents to participate in the discussion of future projects by communicating with their local alderman. For those interested, Avondale aldermen host a Ward Night every month, where residents are able to meet with their alderman and address issues in their ward.

For more information please see details below:

Alderman Reboyras (30th Ward)

Alderman Deb Mell (33rd Ward)

Alderman Carlos Ramirez-Rosa (35th Ward)

  1. Upcoming Events

3/20 2018 Illinois Primary Elections

3/26 Zoning Meeting at Concordia Place

3/31 Easter Egg Hunt and Service Project at Concordia Belmont (10am-11:30am)

3/31 Egg Hunt at Parkview Park (10am-12pm)

4/5 Community-Driven Zoning and Development (CDZD) Public Meeting for 3001 N. Sawyer, at St. Nicolai Church (6:30pm-7:30pm)

4/8 Avondale Gardening Alliance Social & Seed Bomb Workshop at Pollen (4pm-7pm)

4/18 LSC Elementary School Elections (see each school for candidates and forum date)

4/19 LSC High school Elections (see each school for candidates and forum date)

4/19 ANA April Meeting at St. Hyacinth Basilica’s Resurrection Hall (7pm-8pm)

4/21 Avondale Clean & Green at Concordia Place (10am-12pm; volunteers needed!)

  1. Committee Updates

  2. Zoning

PNC has proceeded its efforts to build a 24 hour drive-thru ATM at 3844 West Belmont Ave. Per a February meeting, there is also an effort to work alongside Alderman Reboyras as this project has contributed to the auto-centric development taking place in Avondale that makes areas less walk-able.

Construction for three buildings with two units at 3201 W. Belmont Ave. is still in process as most people seemed opposed to the construction over the lack of parking.

The planned four-story building at 3053 N Elston Avenue that initially had no access to the back (alley) is now a three-story building with a garage. The original design required a curb cut that interrupted pedestrian activity.

 

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