Participatory Budget Process Begins For Ulrich’s District
For the second year in a row, Ulrich will allow residents of his district to make the fiscal decisions as part of his participatory budget process for fiscal year 2014.
The residents, all volunteers, met at the Knights of Columbus to begin the long process that will end with a community vote early next year.
The participatory budgeting process asks residents of Ulrich’s district to recommend $1 million in capital projects for funding.
During the process, residents of his district will, through a series of meetings, make suggestions, whittle them down and then vote on which projects receive funding.
Joining him was Sondra Youdelman, the executive director of Community Voices Heard, the group running the participatory budgeting process.
These neighborhood meetings to identify community needs and select delegates will be followed by delegate meetings to develop spending proposals.
In February the proposals will be presented to the community for feedback and in March a community vote will decide which projects will be funded.
The nine projects funded in the Rockaway area of Ulrich’s district last year include technology upgrades at PS 47, PS 317/MS318 and PS 114; oxygen refill systems for volunteer fire departments; a water pump and four pagers for volunteer fire departments; six Argus security cameras in the 100 Precinct and a library renovation at the Peninsula Library.
Some of the top requests, so far, for this 2014 budget include items that didn’t make it through the final voting last year.
They include upgrades at different playgrounds, more mopi mats on the beach, and improvements at the Rockaway Dog Run.
Other ideas are ATV vehicles for the NYPD and additional Argus security cameras to be installed in the community.
This was the first of three neighborhood meetings that will take place.
The second and third neighborhood meetings took place this week at PS 114 on October 23 and on October 25 at the VFW Hall in Broad Channel. This year Ulrich is one of eight city council members who are taking part in the participatory budget process.