June 2018

Alderman’s Corner

Summer is FINALLY here! I hope everyone enjoyed Memorial Day weekend. I attended the annual City’s official Memorial Day wreath laying ceremony at Daley Plaza as well as the Canaryville Veterans Memorial Day Ceremony and the Old Neighborhood Italian American Club Ceremony. I would like to congratulate my predecessor, Ald. Jim Balcer, who is retiring as the Master of Ceremonies for the Memorial Day Celebration. Congratulations and thank you!

Thank You to everyone who made it out to my Second Quarterly Town Hall Meeting at James Ward School. It was great to see many new faces. I thought “Keeping It Real” was very informative. This program brought six (6) convicted burglars who shared their insight about burglarizing houses. They all agreed that the best deterrent is a nosy neighbor. Please continue to be nosy neighbors.

The warm weather can only mean it is construction season. Construction projects will commence throughout the entire 11th Ward over the next few months. These infrastructure projects include street resurfacing, lighting, hazardous sidewalks and HD Cameras that are controlled by the Chicago Police and Office of Emergency Management Control (OEMC). Since 2015, we have resurfaced 30 streets, 32 alleys, 23 sidewalks, repaired 15 Curbs and Gutters, installed speed humps at 8 locations and had 17 water mains installed throughout the Ward. We will work to continue to finalize our infrastructure project list for 2018.

Warm weather also means high weeds and rodents. I want to make sure that we are being good neighbors and keeping our parkways and property cleaned. With that being said, I want to make sure you are aware of the Municipal Code:

Municipal Code of Chicago: 7­28­060 Conditions detrimental to health – Public nuisance – Violation – Penalty. No building, vehicle, structure, receptacle, yard, lot, premises, or part thereof, shall be made, used, kept, maintained, or operated in the city if such use, keeping, maintaining, or operating shall be the occasion of any nuisance, or shall be dangerous to life or detrimental to health. Every building or structure constructed or maintained in violation of the building provisions of this Code, or which is in an unsanitary condition, or in an unsafe or dangerous condition, or which in any manner endangers the health or safety of any person or persons, is hereby declared to be a public nuisance. Every building or part thereof which is in an unsanitary condition by reason of the basement or cellar being covered with stagnant water, or by reason of the presence of sewer gas, or by reason of any portion of a building being infected with disease or being unfit for human habitation, or which by reason of any other unsanitary condition, is a source of sickness, or which endangers the public health, is hereby declared to be a public nuisance. Any person found guilty of violating any of the provisions of this section shall be subject to a penalty of not less than $200.00 nor more than $500.00, or imprisonment not to exceed 10 days, or both such fine and imprisonment for each offense. Each day such violation shall continue shall constitute a separate and distinct offense.

7-­28­-070 Piling of used material to excessive heights. No yard, lot, premises or enclosure or part thereof, shall be used, kept, maintained, or operated, for the purpose of storing used lumber, metal or other secondhand building material, dismantled motor vehicles or parts thereof, creates, cases, boxes or other discarded material unless the said yard, lot, premises or enclosure is entirely surrounded by a fence eight feet in height, which fence shall be located at least eight feet from all public ways surrounding the property and none of said articles shall be piled nearer than six inches to, nor higher than said fence; provided, however, that if said articles are piled at a greater distance than eight feet from any public way they may be piled to a height equal to the distance from the public way, but in no case to a height exceeding 20 feet. On the property dividing lines of such yard, lot, premises or enclosure said fence may be erected on the property dividing line but none of said articles shall be piled nearer than six inches to said fence nor be piled at an angle of more than 45 degrees from such point, but not to exceed a height of 20 feet. Where an existing fence is erected nearer than eight feet to a public way, such fence may be permitted to remain but none of said articles shall be piled nearer than eight feet to such public way nor contrary to the provisions of this section. The piling of said articles in excess of the height herein permitted shall constitute a nuisance. Any person who violates any provision of this section shall be fined not less than $200.00 and not more than $500.00 for each offense. Every day of a continuing violation shall constitute a separate and distinct offense.

7­-28-­120 Weeds – Penalty for violation – Abatement – Lien. (a) Any person who owns or controls property within the city must cut or otherwise control all weeds on such property so that the average height of such weeds does not exceed ten inches. Any person who violates this subsection shall be subject to a fine of not less than $600 nor more than $1,200. Each day that such violation continues shall be considered a separate offense to which a separate.

Should there be an address of concern, please contact my office so we can assist with resolving the issue. Please continue to be a good neighbor and keep your property clean.

Finally, I would like to congratulate all of our graduates and I wish them success on their future endeavors. I would also like to thank the principals, teachers and school staff for all of their hard work throughout the school year. I continue to invest in our local schools. The $8million annex and elevator addition to Mark Sheridan is 45% complete. Healy and Ward school will each be receiving $5.9 million in roof and masonry repairs as needed. McClellan schools will be receiving $4million in funds for an elevator to make the school ADA accessible and a new outdoor track. I will continue to work closely with the principals over the summer to ensure a successful start to the 2018 school year.

As always, if you have any suggestions, comments, criticisms or concerns please do not hesitate to reach out to me at 773­254­6677.

11th Ward Alderman, Patrick D. Thompson