The Alderman’s Corner
I hope our veteran community and their families enjoyed the Memorial Day weekend. I was able to attend a well-deserved horse dedication ceremony for Police Officer Daniel Howard who was killed in the line of duty. I also attend the annual Memorial Day wreath laying ceremony at Daley Plaza as well as the Canaryville Veterans Memorial Day Ceremony.
It is an honor to have so many active veterans and their families in our community. With that being said, I am asking everyone to take part in, “Operation HelpA-Hero.” This movement is helping supply the basic items a veteran needs to transition from a shelter to a permanent residency. My office is currently accepting donations of new/store bought personal hygiene articles such as: soap, combs, hairbrushes, kitchen and cleaning supplies and miscellaneous items such as toiletries.
On June 14th, we will be hosting the 11th Annual Flag Day Ceremony in the 11th Ward at 4500 South Halsted beginning at 11:00am. This event is in conjunction with the South Loop Chamber of Commerce, Chicago Police Department, Chicago Fire Department and our JROTC programs. I encourage all of our residents to attend and watch the proper disposal of flags. If you need to dispose of a flag, there is a drop box at the Ward office that will be collected prior to Flag Day for proper disposal.
As the summer heats up, please be patient as we enter construction season. Each year every Alderman is allotted a certain amount of monies for infrastructure projects throughout the Ward. These projects include street resurfacing, lighting, hazardous sidewalks and HD Cameras that are controlled by the Chicago Police and Office of Emergency Management Control (OEMC). In 2015 and 2016 we have: resurfaced 30 streets, 23 sidewalks, repaired 15 Curb and Gutter, installed speed humps at 8 locations and had 17 water mains installed throughout the Ward. Last year, I was also able to use Menu Money to install 11 new POD Cameras that have been able to assist the police and OEMC with public safety issues.
We will work to continue to finalize our menu list for 2017. Prior to the start of a project, every household that is directly affected is notified with a letter from me. The letter provides the scope of the work and an estimated timeline of the project. If you have a request, please do not hesitate to contact my office.
Last week, I attended the Special Olympics games for our kids at Armour Park. The 11th Ward’s very own Pam Munizzi and Elmer Mestrovich play an integral role in making these events such a success. I would also like to thank all of the community volunteers that came out. There were over 80 children & adults who volunteered from our community to make this a great event.
I look forward to having a safe and successful summer. I will be hosting my Quarterly Aldermanic Meeting at St. Barbara School at 6:30pm on June 20th. If you are available to attend please come as we will have guest speaker David St. Pierre, the Executive Director of the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District and a representative from Commonwealth Edison. As always, if you have any questions or concerns please do not hesitate to call my office, 773-254-6677.
11th Ward Alderman Patrick D. Thompson