‘How To Spend A Million’Vote Set For End Of Month
Ulrich is one of three council members who are testing the idea of “participatory budgeting” in this year’s funding cycle.
Under the plan, residents got together to talk about ideas for spending the money. Then, volunteers became “delegates” who met in committee to codify those broad ideas into specific spending projects.
Now, with those projects nearly ready for public vetting, every resident over the age of 18 who lives in Ulrich’s district, which includes the west end of Rockaway and Broad Channel, will get a chance to vote for his or her favorite project at a series of voting sites during the period between March 25 and March 31.
An online database of those who already voted will be maintained so that nobody can vote more than once.
Voting will be held at Ulrich’s office at 98-16 Rockaway Beach Boulevard from Monday, March 26 until Friday, March 30, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Voting at the Knights of Columbus Hall, 333 Beach 90 Street, will be held on Sunday, March 25, from 2:30 p.m. until 5 p.m.
The Peninsula Library at 92-25 Rockaway Beach Boulevard will host the voting on Monday, March 26 and Thursday, March 29, from 4 to 8 p.m.
Voting at the Seaside Library, at 116-15 Rockaway Beach Boulevard, will be held on Monday and Thursday from 4 to 8 p.m. The Breezy Point Activity Center will be utilized on March 27, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Two sites at Dayton Towers will also be utilized for the vote. Voting will take place at 7800 Shore Front Parkway on March 27, from 4 to 9 p.m. and at 102-00 Shore Front Parkway on March 28, from 4 to 9 p.m. Voting at PS 114 will take place on March 29, from 4 to 8 p.m. and at the Broad Channel Community Center at St. Virgilus on March 31, from 3 to 7 p.m. Residents may vote at any site.
Bart Haggerty, who is running the process for Ulrich, said that there will be 20 to 25 projects on the ballot. Each will be explained and voters will have time to peruse the ballot before voting for their favorite five. More than 250 project proposals were submitted to the delegates, and committees have whinnied those down to the 25 that will be voted on.
Last week, the delegates held a public meeting at West End Temple to outline the proposals made by four of the delegate committees – Environment, Health and Public Safety; Parks and Recreation; Education and Arts.
The projects recommended by the Parks and Recreation committee, for example, call for water lines at the Rockaway Dog Park, as well as dog waste stations and compacting trash cans.
In addition, the committee wants to winter-proof the Beach 86 Street comfort station on the boardwalk and install a changing area for surfers who use that beach all year long.
The Education Committee wants to buy more technology for four schools in the area – PS 114 in Belle Harbor, PS 47 in Broad Channel and the two Waterside Schools that have replaced PS 225 in Rockaway Park.
Results from the late March voting will be posted as soon as they are available.