We've seen sunnier days lately and Daylight Saving Time begins on Sunday, which means: it's almost springtime! As the temperatures get warmer, I want to remind you that we will begin to see a surge of debris around our neighborhood. We will begin to see trash that was previously buried under the snow during the winter, which is typical during this transition in weather. City agencies will be working diligently to ensure that the debris gets cleared in a timely manner, but I urge neighbors to help out with the process.
The City of Chicago offers neighbors cleaning supplies through its Clean & Green Program. Neighbors and Community Groups can call my office at 773-955-5610 to register to receive shovels, brooms, trash bags, and rakes for their block clean-up on a date of your choice. By cleaning up leaves, dirt, and other debris, you can help keep storm drains and curb lanes clear as we prepare for springtime showers. This can prevent backups in our sewer system and basement floods in private homes.
My office and I will also be organizing neighborhood cleanups throughout the spring and summer time, including a few viaduct improvement projects. Keep in touch with my office for more information about upcoming projects and dates, and please let us know if you have any ideas or suggestions for these community cleanings. Together, we can all make our ward and our city a cleaner place.