More than 650 people came out to cast their ballots during 45th Ward Participatory Budgeting last week and over the weekend, and the results are in.
Voters decided that 54.6 percent of the $1 million should be spent on street resurfacing and streetlight projects, leaving $454,000 for special projects. Find information on the projects on the ballot at my website.
The vote totals on the special projects are as follows:
- Viaduct Remediation and Pigeon Abatement ($120,000) – 282 votes;
- Beaubien Elementary Artificial Turf ($183,100) – 280 votes;
- Improved Lighting on the Milwaukee Ave. Viaduct just north of the Jefferson Park Transit Center ($23,000) – 269 votes;
- OLV/St. John’s Food Pantry Community Garden ($2,500) – 201 votes;
- Pedestrian Crossing Light at the Jefferson Park Transit Center ($125,000) – 199 votes;
- Olive’s Neighborhood Garden Expansion ($5,000) – 186 votes;
- Solar Recycling/Compacting Cans ($28,745) – 182 votes;
- Bike Lanes on Milwaukee from Lawrence to Addison ($125,000) – 172 votes;
- Independence Park Playground ($350,000) – 165 votes;
- On-Street Bike Corrals ($10,000) – 157 votes;
- Lawrence Buffered Bike Lane from Cicero to Long ($70,000) – 131 votes;
- Replacing Fencing Along Pedestrian Path to Gladstone Metra ($25,000) – 126 votes;
- Community Identifiers in Independence Park ($30,000) – 111 votes;
- Milwaukee Avenue Street Pole Repainting from Foster to Peterson ($41,000) – 83 votes; and
- Information Kiosks at Three Locations ($54,000) – 51 votes.
Right now, we should be able to fund the top five projects with the money not spent on streets. However, we are working on ways to make the money go even further and do even more. I’ll keep you informed as we work to implement your decisions.
I want to thank everyone you took the time to come out and vote. I also want to thank the dozens of community volunteers who helped organize meetings, researched project ideas, and organized projects for the ballot. Participatory budgeting does not work without your participation. I’m glad you took the time to be a part of it.
We’ll start organizing for 2014 in the coming months.