After almost a year-long effort of canvassing, neighborhood assemblies and online submissions by North Shore residents, Councilwoman Debi Rose announced the 12 Participatory Budgeting project finalists that will appear on the District 49 Participatory Budgeting ballot, starting March 30.
Participatory Budgeting Vote Week will kick off with an interactive expo showcasing the 12 projects:
Who: Councilwoman Debi Rose, Participatory Budgeting staff and community volunteers
What: Expo and launch party with refreshments, music and visual representations of the 12 ballot items
When: Saturday, March 30, 2-6 pm
Where: On Your Mark, 475 Victory Blvd.
Voting will continue until April 7 at various locations, as well as online. All North Shore residents age 11 and older can vote for the projects of their choice.
“Participatory Budgeting lets local residents, directly decide how our tax dollars are being spent” said Councilwoman Rose. “From our schools to our senior centers, from our parks and housing developments to our transportation network, these projects directly impact people’s daily lives, so I urge everyone to come out and vote. This is how you reinvest in your neighborhood."
The following are the 12 final projects on this year’s ballot:
STEM mobile labs for PS 78, PS 20, Port Richmond HS, PS 18, PS16, PS 22; Disaster Preparedness Package for PS 22
Fragrance Lab and Hydroponic Labs for McKee High School
Community Garden at Cassidy Senior Center with raised beds and seating area to bring in fresh food for seniors
Gerard Carter Playground Enhancement, with rubber padding on the ground near swing sets and basketball courts
Mariner's Harbor Houses Community Garden Repairs, to repair or replace fencing around community garden plots and prepare area to install composting equipment
Basketball Court at Faber Park
Upgrade Jones Woods Park, with renovations to park and trail restoration
Reconstruct Picnic Area in Clove Lakes, with 10 picnic tables and associated elements in Clove Lakes Park
Trench Restoration on North Shore to repair and remove outdated rotten bracing beneath the roads
Real Time Passenger Bus Arrival Sign, countdown clocks to assist people with limited access to smartphones
St. George Traffic Safety Improvements, installing new pedestrian signals and crosswalks to enhance safety for commuters going to St. George Terminal
Tompkinsville Area Safety Improvements, including a new crosswalk at Bay St and Minthorne St with a pedestrian island; concrete median strips to calm traffic
“Participatory Budgeting is democracy in action,” added Councilwoman Rose. “It works best when we all participate.”