Tomorrow night Ald. Ameya Pawar (47th) will host an open house at his office, 4243 N. Lincoln Ave., from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. to present an overview of ways he plans to allocate the $1.3 million of “menu money” his office is provided to expend on infrastructure projects in the ward.
According to Pawar’s Chief of Staff, Charna Epstein, “The submissions were based on community input, 311 service request data (based on potholes, flooding, etc.) and input from City engineers. This office has been soliciting input on menu projects since Alderman Pawar took office in May.”
Pawar’s team also claims to have saved, ”over $250,000 in City and State dollars by coordinating efforts” between agencies, for instance by delaying street repaving projects when those same streets would be immediately torn up by utility projects.
Any menu money not allocated this year reverts back to the city’s general fund and Epstein is concerned menu money will be available next year. ”The program is funded annually via a bond issue – the City’s fiscal situation has been deteriorating for the past ten years and our ability to borrow will be impacted,” she says.