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Condominium Refuse Rebates Due January 16

Condominium Refuse Rebate Program

 

A message for condominium property managers and condominium board members: 2014 Rebate Applications are due by January 16, 2015. One application per condominium association should be submitted by the property management company or the condominium association.

All completed 2014 refuse rebate applications must be returned to Alderman Smith’s ward office, at 2523 N. Halsted, no later than January 16, 2015, or your application may be ineligible for the 2014 rebate and subsequent years.

Application forms and additional information are available at the Committee on Finance website.

Please ensure that completed applications are sent via a method that provides a “delivery confirmation” receipt.

If you have any questions about the Refuse Rebate program, please contact the Committee on Finance at condo@committeeonfinance.org  or my office at 773-348-9500 or via email at yourvoice@ward43.org.

Holiday Office Closures

In observance of the holidays, the 43rd Ward office will be closing at 2pm on Tuesday, December 23rd and will remain closed Wednesday, December 24th through Friday, December 26th.

The office will have regular hours on Monday, December 29th and Tuesday, December 30th.

The office will then be closed Wednesday, December 31st through Friday, January 2nd and will reopen for regular hours on Monday, January 5th.

Property Tax Update: North Chicago Township Open for Appeals

Now until December 30th 2014 – 43rd Ward homeowners who live in North Chicago Township (south of Fullerton Avenue) may appeal their property tax assessment to the Cook County Board of Review. Appealing your property tax assessment is an opportunity to ensure your property tax bills are fair and accurate. The most common reason to appeal is over-valuation. You may file your appeal online at CookCountyBoardOfReview.com. Have questions about the appeal process or need assistance to file an appeal? Contact Commissioner Bridget Gainer’s Office at 312-603-4210/info@bridgetgainer.com, Commissioner John Fritchey’s Office at 773-871-4000/office@fritchey.com or Board of Review Commissioner Michael Cabonargi’s (2nd District) Office at 312-603-5560.

Attention Motorists: Annual Winter Overnight Parking Ban Starts Monday, December 1st!

Beginning at 3:00am on Monday, December 1, Chicago’s annual Winter Overnight Parking Ban on critical arterial streets will go into effect. This ban is in effect until April 1, 2014.

There are 107 miles of city streets considered critical arterial streets, and the nightly ban is in effect between the hours of 3:00am and 7:00am regardless of the presence of snow.

Violators of the Winter Overnight Parking Ban may face a $150 towing fee (minimum), a $60 ticket and a daily storage fee of $20.Vehicles in violation of the ban will be towed to Pounds 2 (10301 South Doty Avenue) or 6 (701 North Sacramento).

Please click on the following link to see a MAP of streets that are affected by the Overnight Parking Ban.

Overnight parking restriction signs are posted throughout the designated routes.  Please be aware of these signs indicating the parking restrictions.

The 2 inch winter parking ban on marked arterial streets or “Snow Routes” is in effect year round to allow emergency vehicles and snow clearing equipment to pass. These parking restrictions are strictly enforced when snow accumulation of over 2 inches is present.

Please click on the following link to see a MAP of streets that are effected by the Arterial Street Snow Route Ban.

Arterial Street Snow Route parking restriction signs are posted throughout the designated routes. Please be aware of these signs indicating the parking restrictions.

Thanksgiving Office Closures

The 43rd Ward office will  close at 3:00pm on Wednesday, November 26th and remain closed Thursday November 27th and Friday, November 28th. We will re-open Monday, December 1st at 9:00am. Should you need assistance in the interim, please email yourvoice@ward43.org or call 3-1-1.

Fall Yard Waste Collection

As part of this year’s effort to clean up leaves and other debris before winter, the City of Chicago is providing a dedicated bagged leaf collection coordinated by Streets and Sanitation for three weeks this November.

·       From November 3 through November 21, residents can call 311 to request yard waste collection.

·       A truck will collect leaves and other yard waste separately based on the 311 calls and take the yard waste to be composted.  Collection will occur during the week it is called into 311.

·       Residents should bag the yard waste separately from garbage in the black carts and recycling in the Blue Carts.

·       Residents should leave the bagged yard waste in the alley or on the curb.

2014 Bank of America Chicago Marathon Street Closures

The Bank of America Chicago Marathon takes place on Sunday, October 12th. The Chicago Marathon will involve extensive street closures throughout the City, as approximately 45,000 runners will be racing through the streets of Chicago, as they make their way to the finish line of one of the premier running events in the world..

Click here to view street closures throughout the City.

If you live on one of the streets along the marathon route, you must move your vehicle to another location off the course by Saturday, October 11. Towing of vehicles that have not been removed will begin at 1 a.m. on Sunday, October 12. In and around the 43rd Ward, these locations include the following, however, please be on the lookout for ‘No Parking’ signage in your neighborhood.

  • LaSalle St. from Jackson Blvd. to Stockton Dr.
  • Clark St. from Diversey Pkwy. to Webster Ave.
  • Webster Ave. from Clark St. to Sedgwick St.
  • North Ave. from Sedgwick St. to Wells St.

Street closures along the route will occur between 7:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. City streets will re-open promptly as the final runners pass through. The Chicago Police Department will be responsible for closing and re-opening streets and will do so in a manner ensuring runner and spectator safety. The following are approximate closing and opening times for streets in the 43rd Ward.

Street Closures and Re-Openings

Mile 3/4/5: LaSalle St. from Jackson Blvd. to Stockton Dr.

  • Anticipated closure: 7 a.m.
  • Anticipated opening: 9:30 a.m.

Mile 6: Stockton Dr. from LaSalle Dr. to Fullerton Dr.

  • Anticipated closure: 7 a.m.
  • Anticipated opening: 10:45 a.m.

Mile 6: Fullerton Dr. from Stockton Dr. to Cannon Dr.

  • Anticipated closure: 7 a.m.
  • Anticipated opening: 10:45 a.m.

Mile 7: Cannon Dr. from Fullerton Dr. to Sheridan Rd.

  • Anticipated closure: 7 a.m.
  • Anticipated opening: 10:45 a.m.

Mile 10: Clark St. from Diversey Pkwy. to Webster Ave.

  • Anticipated closure: 7 a.m.
  • Anticipated opening: 11 a.m.

Mile 10: Webster Ave. from Clark St. to Sedgwick St.

  • Anticipated closure: 7 a.m.
  • Anticipated opening: 11 a.m.

Mile 10: Sedgwick St. from Webster Ave. to North Ave.

  • Anticipated closure: 7 a.m.
  • Anticipated opening: 12 p.m.

Mile 11: North Ave. from Sedgwick St. to Wells St.

  • Anticipated closure: 7 a.m.
  • Anticipated opening: 12 p.m.

Mile 11/12: Wells St. from North Ave. to Hubbard St.

  • Anticipated closure: 7 a.m.
  • Anticipated opening: 12 p.m.

The following routes are scheduled to be available; however, additional streets may be closed by the Chicago Police Department or Bank of America Chicago Marathon officials if deemed necessary.

Available Race Day Routes

  • Clybourn Ave. will remain open.
  • Lincoln Ave. north of Sedgwick St. will remain open.
  • Clark St. north of Diversey Pkwy. will remain open.
  • North- and southbound lanes of Lake Shore Drive will remain open.
  • North and southbound lanes of Inner Lake Shore Drive will remain open from Diversey Pkwy. to Belmont Ave. Access to Lake Shore Drive will remain open at Belmont Ave.

If you have any questions, please contact the marathon office at 312.904.9800 or send an e-mail to office@chicagomarathon.com.

Halsted from Willow to North Closed Sept. 13 &14

Halsted Street will be closed from Willow Street to North Avenue on Saturday and Sunday, September 13 and 14, from 11:00pm on Saturday to 12:00pm on Sunday as the CTA does construction on the Brown Line at that location.

Dates: Saturday and Sunday, September 13 and 14

Location: Brown Line – CTA Elevated Structure over Halsted St.

Work Hours: Saturday 9/13 at 11:00pm to Sunday 9/14 at 12:00pm

Local Impact:

- Halsted Street will be closed to thru traffic from North Avenue to Willow Street from Saturday at 11:00pm to Sunday at 1:00pm

- There will be parking restrictions on Halsted from North Avenue to Willow Street on both sides of the street.

- There will be noise while the work is being performed. Noise may include:

– Use of handheld “Jackhammers” to remove old structural rivets
– Use of pneumatic tools
– Beeping from backup alarms on maintenance equipment and vehicles
– Metal on metal disposal
– Truck traffic

Contact Jeff Wilson, Government & Community Relations Officer for the Chicago Transit Authority, with any questions or concerns. Jeff can be reached at 312.681.2712 or Jwilson@transitchicago.com.

Labor Day Office Closures

The summer has flown by and Labor Day weekend is here already!

In observance of Labor Day, my office will close at 3:00 pm on Friday, August 29th and will remain closed on Monday, September 1st, re-opening at 9:00 am on Tuesday, September 2nd.

Further, trash removal services will be slightly delayed due to the Labor Day holiday, and all 43rd Ward waste hauling services will be completed by Wednesday afternoon. Recycling services will shortly follow and be completed by Thursday afternoon.

Volunteers Needed for the Lincoln Park Docent Program

Share your passion for plants by becoming a docent for the Lincoln Park Conservatory and Gardens! The Lincoln Park Conservancy and the Chicago Park District are seeking volunteers to become docents at the Lincoln Park Conservatory and Gardens.

Volunteer docents foster a greater appreciation and understanding of this tropical oasis by giving free tours to the public on weekends and optional weekdays. You will receive training from area experts on plants, the art of interpretation, architecture, and the history of Lincoln Park. The training consists of six consecutive Saturday mornings beginning on October 11, 2014.

Please register in advance by contacting Sue Hammerman at (773) 883-7275 or info@lincolnparkconservancy.org The registration deadline is October 6, 2014. The Lincoln Park Conservatory is located at 2391 N. Stockton Drive.