43rd Ward Condo Summit Presentations
CTA Transit TIF Statement
Lincoln Ave. Uncorked tonight!
Dear Neighbor,

Thanks to all who joined us for the 43rd Ward Condo Summit featuring experts discussions on helping residents age in place, association compliance with the new short-term rental laws, new recycling laws, and advice about common condominium and homeowners association issues.  

Special thanks to everyone at the Second Church of Christ Scientist and PUBLIC Hotel for hosting us, Representative Sara Feigenholtz and all the wonderful speakers. 

Below are links to documents provided at the two-night event.  We'll be posting this information on our website as well.

Short Term Rental Ordinance Overview Handout  from the Department of Business Affiars and Consumer Protection

Short Term Rental Presentation by Commissioner Maria Guerra Lapacek, Department of Business Affairs and Consumer Protection

Recycling Ordinance Overview Handout  from the Department of Streets and Sanitation 

Recycling Ordinance Presentation by Deputy Commissioner for Recycling Chris Sauve, Department of Streets and Sanitation

Recycling Guides  #1 and  #2 from Flood Brothers Disposal

Recycling Handout from Faith Hart, Condo President at 345 W Fullerton

Aging Handout   from Executive Director Joyce Gallagher, Department of Aging

Lincoln Park Village Handout and Brochure  from Founding Executive Director Dianne Campbell, Lincoln Park Village.

Common Condo Issues Handout  from Attorney Sima Kirsch

CTA Transit TIF Statement

You may know, I oppose the creation of a Tax Increment Finance district (TIF) in our Ward to fund the modernization of the Red and Purple Lines.

While almost our entire Ward would be drawn into the transit TIF, none of the improvements would be located here. Instead, monies would be used to overhaul four CTA stations outside the Ward and build the Belmont Station flyover. At a   public hearing  at DePaul last week I objected to the creation of this TIF without imput from the Alderman or the community .

We still do not know how much money would be needed per year over the next three decades to fund this TIF and the impact it could have on diverting taxpayer resources from future projects in our Ward.   While most  TIFs directly benefit the taxpayers in an area, clearly the boundaries of this TIF do not reflect that approach.  I believe the map must be redrawn to exclude Lincoln Park and ensure our already heavily taxed community retains its proper share of local resources I urge you to contact the CTA and voice your opinion on redrawing the boundaries of this TIF.
Chicago Animal Care and Control 

I was delighted to attend Chicago Animal Care and Control's first City Council Volunteer Day this past Saturday at the city's shelter at 2741 N. Western.  Under new leadership, the department is increasing its outreach and improving conditions for the animals. 

To learn more, visit the Chicago Animal Care and Control website. 

A non-profit, Friends of Animal Care and Control, is seeking to raise $20,000 for a commercial washer and dryer for the shelter.  If you'd like to help, contact them.

Celebrate   the 2nd  Lincoln Park Uncorked: A Lincoln Avenue Wine Stroll  today , September 22nd from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM,  hosted by the Lincoln Park Chamber of Commerce.   Check in at 2464 N. Lincoln Avenue. A  neighborhood wine stroll of delicious wine  paired with local, complementary bites.  For tickets click    here .


16th Annual Public Lands Day at North Pond Nature Sanctuary

Join the Lincoln Park Conservancy on  Saturday, September 24th from 10:00 AM to Noon at the North Pond Nature Sanctuary for a national day of service for our public lands. 

Volunteer to plan native wildflowers and grasses, remove invasive species, clean up the park or mulching park trees.

Refreshments, snacks and work gloves will be provided. To sign-up  contact Aaron Hammond,  Natural Areas Site Manager at  (773) 883-7275 ext. 3 or by email at  ahammond@lincolnparkconservancy.org.

St. Pauls Oktoberfest

Munich meets Chicago as St. Pauls Church Oktoberfest on Saturday, September 24th from 3:00 PM to 9:00 PM at 2335 N Orchard Avenue. This year's live entertainment again features the Midwest's premier oompah band, Die Musikmeisters. Grab your lederhosen and join St. Pauls for a festive evening of Alpine merriment and authentic German food. 

Admission is free. In case of bad weather, the event will be held in the church's gym..

Volunteer Ambassadors Needed for Lincoln Park Conservatory

The Alfred Caldwell Lily Pool and the Lincoln Park Conservatory are looking for interpreters. Beginning Saturday, October 1st new volunteers will receive 6 weeks of training from area experts on Saturday mornings. . Registration closes Saturday, September 24th .

For information, please contact Julia Bachrach of the Chicago Park District at  (312) 742-4698  or via email at  julia.bachrach@chicagoparkdistrict.com , or Rebecca Conant, Lincoln Park Conservancy Programs  Manager at  (773) 883-7275  or via email at  rconant@lincolnparkconservancy.org .

Concert Across America to End Gun Violence here Sunday

Join the Illinois Council Against Handgun Violence (ICHV) on  Sunday, September 25  from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM at the Tonic Room, 2447 N. Halsted Street as they mobilize with music for the Concert Across America to End Gun Violence.  Performers include  Josh Siegel,  John Lamantia, and  The Circle View.

The event is free, with donations accepted.Proceeds benefit ICHV's Student Voices Program. For more information,click here.

And for More Events this Weekend

Check out the new Weekend Guide from the Lincoln Park Chamber of Commerce. 
Property Tax Appeal Seminar on Tuesday

Join me, Board of Review Commissioner Mike Cabonargi and Cook County Commissioner John Fritchey for a property tax appeal seminar on  Tuesday, September 27th at 6:30 PM at the DePaul University Student Center, 2250 N Sheffield Avenue. 

Property owners north of Fullerton (Lakeview Township) have until October 5 to file appeals, and owners south of Fullerton (North Chicago Township), and file appeals as well.  Please bring a copy of your 2nd installment property tax bill.

For more information please contact Commissioner Cabonargi's office at (312) 603-5562.

Michele Signature

Michele Smith
Alderman, 43rd Ward 

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