CALUMET CITY | The city’s seven aldermen are each given $5,000 per year that they can distribute for residential sidewalk repairs in their wards.
Most aldermen had no problems spending the full sum to maintain their local sidewalks. But 7th Ward Alderman Antoine Collins, who represents the residential areas surrounding River Oaks Shopping Center, said he still has about $2,000 remaining for this year.
Collins said Thursday he wants anybody who is in need of a sidewalk repair to contact his office at (708) 891-8197 to apply for a share of the proceeds. If he doesn’t get enough people, he says he’s willing to give the money to the other six aldermen to help pay for sidewalk repairs in their wards.
Collins said he’s determined to spend the line item in his ward budget in part because he fears if he has any money left for this fiscal year, his ward will receive that much less for the new fiscal year that begins May 1.
“I want to spend this money because I’m sure someone in Calumet City can use a repair,” Collins said. “I’ll pass it on to my colleagues if I have to.”
That caused 5th Ward Alderman Roger Munda and 2nd Ward Alderman Magdalena “Leni” Wosczynski to discuss who should get the remaining money.
“Don’t worry,” Munda told Collins. “I can spend that entire amount for you.”