Recap from previous community garden leaders meeting

In this meeting we recapped the agreement we came to with the developer in terms of their responsibility of the site as well as funding. We also reviewed an updated site concept courtesy of Chris Gent, the landscape architect for the site, and provided feedback. Some items that attendees suggested were the addition of a compost and a toolshed. 

Our next meeting will be Tuesday, April 18th at 7:00PM. We will decide a meeting location closer to the meeting. In the meantime, please download and review the meeting notes and site design (click on the photo above for site design PDF) as well as answer our poll regarding the best meeting time. 

Crime prevention tax amendment: update

The Mayor's budget for the rebate property tax amendment passed this afternoon in a 35-10 vote.

While the budget amendment has some good things in it like $2.7M for after school programming through After School Matters and parks programming; the majority of the money is going to projects that won't help mitigate the crippling crime problems plaguing Hermosa.

Only <20% of the funds are going to programs designed to keep youth safe.

We look forward to finding other ways to promote safety in Hermosa going forward.

HNA opposes charter expansion that will affect local schools

The Hermosa Neighborhood Association, along with a coalition of elected officials, Local School Councils, school leaders, Chicago Public Schools parents, educators, and community members dedicated to supporting the educational mission of existing Northwest Side public high schools are holding a press conference today to announce their united opposition to the proposed expansion of privately operated Noble ITW-Speer CharterHigh School in Chicago’s Belmont-Cragin neighborhood.

The expansion of the charter would have an adverse impact on high schools in Hermosa, such as Kelvyn Park HS, which is already struggling due to a declining budget and enrollment.

Next Tuesday, Alderman Gilbert Villegas along with a coalition of elected officials, and the Prosser HS LSC are organizing a community meeting to demonstrate opposition to the proposed expansion of Noble StreetCharter School – ITW Speer campus, too.

Mayor Emanuel: Invest in crime preventive programs!

Please sign and share this petition asking for the mayor to allocate the remaining property tax rebate funds (~$15 million) to youth programing and crime prevention.

Specifically for:

  • Winter youth employment programs
  • To create mentorship programs for 5th and 6th graders
  • To create a residential security pilot program
  • To establish “street-level violence" prevention programs

Right now the mayor wants to allocate this remaining money to things like trees, parks, business incubators and rehabbing homes but none of those investments will be made in Hermosa or the NWside.

NEW HNA Lawn Signs!

Good news everyone! Our new and improved lawn signs came in. They're now twice as big as before (18X24) to make them more visible to passerbys. Every household gets one free lawn sign who attends a HNA meeting and stays until the end of the meeting. If you want an additional sign, or can't attend the full meeting, they cost $5 per sign. 

HNA Holiday Party 2016: Big Success!

Thank you again to the 100+ participants who came to your annual HNA fundraiser/ party. Because of you we raised over $5,000!!! We wanted to give a big thank you to the Board of Directors who helped make this a reality, including: Alma Kreuser, Alex Flex, Joelle McCalla, Sadiki McCalla, Matilda Lugo, Angela Serrano, Colin Bird, Xeno Martinez, Rupert Medina, Leonardo Giron, Jenna Sigman.

Frequently Asked Questions About Sidewalk Snow Removal

Why is sidewalk snow removal important?

Chicagoans of all ages and abilities need to use the sidewalks to get where they're going every day of the year. Many children, older adults, and people with disabilities face serious mobility challenges in winter time. Clear sidewalks are a shared community responsibility, and this new ordinance clarifies the requirements for snow and ice removal.

Do the new regulations for sidewalk snow removal in Chicago apply to home, business, and property owners?

Yes, the new sidewalk snow regulations affect all home, business, and property owners in Chicago. Business owners that rent space adjacent to sidewalks are responsible for shoveling snow under the ordinance. Some landlords for residential and commercial property hold tenants responsible for snow clearance as a part of their lease agreements, other don't. Renters who aren't certain of their shoveling responsibilities should check their rental agreements or ask their landlords for clarification.

When do the new regulations take effect?

The new regulations took effect November 28, 2015.

When do I have to shovel my snow?

You must shovel snow as soon as possible after it falls. Snow that falls between the hours of 7:00 am and 7:00 pm must be removed no later than 10:00 pm. Snow that falls between the hours of 7:00 pm and 7:00 am must be removed by 10:00 am.

Do I have to shovel on weekends?

Yes. You must shovel 7 days a week in the City of Chicago.

In what way should I shovel my sidewalks to be in compliance?

You must clear a path at least 5 feet wide on all of the sidewalks adjacent to your property, including any crosswalk ramps. Do not shovel the snow into the right-of-way, which includes: transit stops and bus pads, parking spaces, bike lanes, bike racks, Divvy stations, and any other space where snow impedes traffic of any kind.

Are there special rules for corner lots?

Yes. If you are responsible for a corner lot, you must remove snow and ice from sidewalks on all sides of your building and from corner sidewalk ramps. This applies to residential property and business owners.

Can I be penalized for failing to shovel?

Yes, you can receive a citation for failure to shovel.  In 2014, 226 citations were issued. The fines range from $50 to $500. The amount of the fine is on a per-case basis, and determined by an Administrative Hearings judge.

Are there special considerations for snow removal?

Chicago Snow Corps is a program that connects volunteers with residents in need of snow removal - such as seniors and residents with disabilities.

To request a volunteer to shovel your block in case of extreme snowfall, call 311. This is a volunteer-matching service. The City will do its best to match those who have requested assistance.

Visit the City of Chicago Snow Corps Website

How do I report a property owner who fails to shovel their sidewalk?

Report property owners who DO NOT clear their sidewalks by making a "Snow - Uncleared Sidewalk" request with the City of Chicago 311 Service Request line

Dial 311 or submit a service request online.

If calling from outside Chicago, dial 312-744-5000

When you make a "Snow - Uncleared Sidewalk" request, please note the following:

  1. Make sure the problem occurs on the sidewalk
  2. DO NOT use this category to report snow on streets, parking lots, or alleys.
  3. Provide a specific address where the problem occurs.
  4. Request a reference number from the operator. This will help you track the status and resolution of your request.

Can I commend a property owner who does a great job of shoveling their snow?

Yes! Thank your neighbors for keeping the sidewalks clear by nominating them for a Winter Wonder Award.

The City of Chicago and the Mayor's Pedestrian Advisory Council (MPAC) recognize businesses and organizations that do an excellent job of clearing their sidewalks of snow and ice.

Businesses and organizations can apply for recognition and supporters may nominate candidates that show excellence in shoveling their sidewalks by calling the Winter Wonder Nomination line at 312-744-5819 or completing the 2015-2016 online nomination form through March 15, 2016.

Winners will be listed on the Chicago Department of Transportation website and will receive an award signed by the co-chairs of MPAC.

Top nominees will be awarded based on the number of nominations, photos, and social media mentions - so get the word out! Businesses and organizations can promote their participation by displaying the Winter Wonder Participation Poster.