December 2016

The Alderman’s Corner

I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving Day. Katie and I were blessed to have all of our children home and spend the holiday with our family. I am humbled and grateful for the generosity of our neighbors who come together each year and serve Thanksgiving Dinner to our neighbors at the Valentine Boys and Girls Club (VBGC) on the Wednesday before Thanksgiving. For me, serving puts into perspective what the holiday is about. Special thank you to Club Director Dawn Jimenez, the VBGC staff and all of my fellow Board Members and volunteers.

Thanksgiving Day morning was again great with friends and neighbors at Armour Park for the Turkey Bowl. Thanks to Brian Luce and all who organized a great morning of friendship and fun.

It is hard to believe Christmas is only a few weeks away. Probably because of the warm weather we have had and the fact I haven’t started shopping. Remember, he sees you when you’re sleeping and knows when you’re awake, so you better be good for goodness sake.

In addition to receiving gifts at Christmas, we also typically receive snow in December and it can be frigid. I want to make sure everyone is utilizing the services the City offers and is aware of the ordinance that will be in effect. I ask that when we get our first heavy snowfall, neighbors continue to work together and help each other. Please know that if you do not shovel your snow you are subject to a fine.

10-8-180 Snow and ice removal.

(a) Every owner, lessee, tenant, occupant or other person in charge of any building or lot of ground in the city abutting upon any public way or public place shall be responsible for the following as pertains to such building or lot of ground:

(1) Remove any snow and ice from any sidewalk abutting such building or lot of ground, and any sidewalk ramps intersecting such sidewalks, creating a clear path of at least 5 feet in width.

(2) Snow which falls or accumulates between the hours of seven a.m. and seven p.m. shall be removed as soon as practicable, but no later than ten p.m. of the same day. Snow which falls or accumulates overnight between the hours of seven p.m. and seven a.m. shall be removed as soon as practicable, but no later than ten a.m. of the same day.

(3) If snow on the sidewalk is frozen so hard that it cannot be removed without damage to the pavement, the person in charge of any building or lot of ground shall, within the time specified for removing the snow, strew, or cause to be strewn, the sidewalk abutting the building or lot of ground with sand, abrasive material or other products made for the purpose of mitigating slipping hazards and preventing the accumulation of ice, and shall, as soon thereafter as the weather shall permit, thoroughly clean the sidewalk.

(b) Any person who violates this section shall be fined not less than $50.00 nor more than $500.00 for each offense, and each day such offense shall continue shall constitute a distinct and separate offense.

If you are a senior citizen or disabled and are in need of assistance with snow removal, please do not hesitate to call the Ward office. If you are in need of a warming center, visit ward11.org or call our office 773-254-6677. On November 18th, the Chicago Police Department announced a new Commander for the 9th District, I have met with the new Commander and look forward to a continued strong relationship with the Police to ensure the safety of our community.

I want to thank Commander Dan Godsel and Sergeant Jon Hein for their service to the 9th District. They have moved to the Police Academy to help train the thousands of recruits who will be going through the Academy over the next two years. As I previously, mentioned, part of the 2017 Budget, the City will be hiring 1,000 new police officers over the next two years. I know we all look forward to the additional resources.

The holiday season gives me a chance to reflect upon how lucky I am. I am so fortunate for Katie, Nora, Grace and Patrick and my family. I feel very lucky to have so many great friends. I am extremely grateful and feel so privileged to represent the communities in the 11th Ward in the City Council and to work alongside Commissioner John P. Daley. I will continue to work hard to earn your respect and approval.

I am thankful for my staff, Bridget Kozicki, Bridget Botica, Kelly Fitzpatrick, Mark Hughes, Wally Gusich and Diane Geers and our Ward Superintendent, Patrick Botica, who share my commitment to provide everyone with the highest quality professional service.

On behalf of my family, I want to wish you a Merry Christmas and a healthy and prosperous New Year.

11th Ward Alderman Patrick D. Thompson