Residents of Community Board 9 in Councilman Eric Ulrich’s (R-Ozone Park) district will get to cast a vote on $1 million in capital funding for projects in the Council district.
Ulrich is one of several Council members conducting participatory budgeting, a process in which the lawmaker’s budget allocation is decided by residents in the district.
He was one of the first members of the Council to conduct participatory budgeting — favored by Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito (D-Manhattan) — and the first to split it up in his district. Another process is being undertaken in the Community Board 14 section of the district, which covers Broad Channel and the Rockaways. This is the first year Ulrich is bringing the process to CB 9.
The items on the list in the CB 9 area include $300,000 to mill and pave two miles of Woodhaven Boulevard; $50,000 for new signage for hiking trails in Forest Park; $450,000 to fix flooding issues at and repave the parking lot in the 102nd Precinct and $80,000 to install countdown clocks at four bus stops in CB 9.
Other possible projects include $100,000 for technology upgrades at PS 273 in Richmond Hill; $91,000 for Smart boards at PS 60 in Woodhaven; $100,000 for audio/video upgrades to the auditorium at PS 64 in Ozone Park; $85,000 to replace schoolyard fencing at JHS 210 in Ozone Park; $100,000 for new fencing and signage at Forest Park dog park; $300,000 on top of $1 million already allocated by the Queens borough president for complete renovation and replacement of the Giovanelli playground in Woodhaven; $100,000 for interior upgrades to the Richmond Hill Library and $150,000 to repave pathways in Forest Park near the Schaefer Memorial.
The list was compiled by a team of community volunteers who worked with Ulrich’s office on the program. Only capital projects can be funded.
The top vote-getting projects up to $1 million dollars will be funded.
In order to vote, residents must live in the 32nd Council District and Community Board 9. That area covers Ozone Park north of 103rd and Liberty avenues between the Brooklyn border and 100th Street, most of Woodhaven west of 80th Street and Forest Parkway, and Richmond Hill between Atlantic and Myrtle avenues, east of 114th Street north of Jamaica Avenue and 108th Street south of Jamaica.
Balloting will take place between Monday, March 31 and Saturday, April 5 and voters can cast them at Ulrich’s district office at 93-06 101 Ave. in Ozone Park on Monday through Friday between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.; the Woodhaven Residents’ Block Association office at 84-20 Jamaica Ave. Monday through Thursday from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; the Richmond Hill Block Association office at 110-08 Jamaica Ave. on Tuesday, April 1 from 2 p.m. to 7p.m. and Friday, April 4 from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. and at the Our Neighbor’s Civic Association at Christ Lutheran Center, 85-15 101 Ave. on Tuesday, April 1 from 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.
For more information, call Ulrich’s office at (718) 738-1083.