- Community Meeting Deli Boutique Zoning-
-Support the Lincoln 11-
Dear Neighbor,

Please join my office to attend a community meeting regarding a zoning change application for the property located at 2318 N Clark Street.  The applicants, owners of Deli Boutique, are seeking a zoning change for this site, from B-1 to B-3 which would allow them to seek a special use and a liquor package goods license. Unlike their current accessory use liquor license, a package goods license would allow the business to have a higher percentage of their revenue originated from liquor sales.
My office will be present at this meeting to monitor the discussion, take notes, and record your feedback.
WHAT:        Zoning Change Proposal for Deli Boutique - 2318 N Clark Street
WHEN:      Tuesday, May 16th at 6:00 pm
WHERE:    Cenacle Convent, West Room - ground fl., 513 W Fullerton Pkwy
I hope you can join my office to engage in a direct dialogue with the applicants and their representatives to gain a better understanding of this proposal and obtain answers to any questions the community may have.
In the meantime, please do not hesitate to contact us at  yourvoice@ward43.org  or at (773) 348-9500.

Support the Lincoln 11 Bus

Remember to ride the Lincoln 11 bus in these final weeks of its pilot program. Service was extended until June 2017 to evaluate ridership and collect community feedback about the route extension. 

You can ride the bus weekdays from 10:00 AM - 7:00 PM to travel to more than 40 bus stops between the Western Brown Line stop and the Fullerton L stop. Make sure to share your opinion on continuing this vital service with the CTA at feedback@transitchicago.com

Save the Date for Plan Commission

Remember to save the date for the Chicago Plan Commission meeting on May 18th at 10:00 AM at City Hall, 121 N LaSalle St, 2nd Floor, as it considers the Final Framework Plan for the North Branch Industrial Corridor.

Please attend to make the case for meaningful contiguous open recreational space as we called for in the joint statement of our community.
Overflow Action Days - Help Prevent Flooding

Here is a great editorial from the Chicago Sun-Times about "Overflow Action Days" and the ways you can help prevent flooding during days of heavy rain accumulation. To learn more about overflow action days and to sign up for email alerts, visit Friends of the Chicago River.

Montana, Altgeld, Seminary Water Main Project 

Department of Water Management (DWM) and NPL Construction Company crews will begin work this month laying 5,127 feet of new 8-inch water main along W Montana, from N Racine to N Lincoln, W Altgeld from N Racine to N Lincoln and N Seminary, from W Lill to Fullerton. The old water main dates back to 1907, and needs to be replaced.

To receive regular email updates about the project, go to BuildingANewChicago.org to register for the WaterALERT program. Simply enter your name, email address and the project identification number located in this letter.

Increase in Water and Sewer Charges

A multi-year water and sewer rate increase, adopted in 2012, funds an accelerated capital program to repair and replace Chicago's aging water and sewer systems. The water and sewer rate increase is also tied to the Consumer Price Index (CPI) to fund the continued upgrades. 

Last year the CPI was flat and there was no rate increase. Effective Thursday, June 1st, CPI - indexed rates will increase 1.83%. The impact is an increase of approximately $.07 per 1,000 gallons of water, making the rate per 1,000 gallons of water $3.88. Sewer charges will increase by the same amount. 

The utility bills reflecting the increase were mailed on Monday, May 1st and will include the charges starting with the June 1st usage. Although some consumers will receive their bills prior to the June 1st effective date, the increase will only apply to the portion of their bill that is for services received after June 1st.

The Department of Finance website provides helpful resources to help residents understand pay utility bills.
Contact the Department of Finance, Utility Billing & Customer Service at 312-744-4426 or send emails to utilitybill@cityofchicago.org if you have additional questions.  

Clybourn Park Ribbon Cutting

This Saturday, May 13th beginning at 10:00 AM join neighbors for games, music, food and prizes at the newly renovated Clybourn Park basketball court, 1755 N Clybourn. Since 1943 the park has hosted on-going games of pickup ball for the community.

Jobs for Youth - One Summer Chicago Application Deadline

The One Summer Chicago application deadline is next week  Monday May 15th The program will provide over 30,000 job and internship opportunities this summer for youth ages 14 to 24 from neighborhoods across the city. If you know someone who would qualify please direct them to apply here.

St. James School Open House

St. James School in Lincoln Park is hosting an Open House for prospective families on Wednesday, May 17th from 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM. Children can begin as young as two and half years old, and the school offers both part-time and full-time options for preschool.   Click here to register for the Open House.

Weekend Happenings

Check out the Lincoln Park Chamber of Commerce's  weekend guide here for 
Thursday, May 11th through Sunday, May 14th

Have a wonderful Mother's Day weekend,

Michele Signature

Michele Smith
Alderman, 43rd Ward 

43rd Ward Office Hours: M 9 AM - 7 PM, T-F 9 AM - 6 PM 
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