Good News…and Bad

First the good news. New sewers are on their way! That means better drainage and less flooding for Sauganash. You know the bad news.  Construction will begin mid-March and continue through the summer. The affected streets are Peterson between Kilburn and Hiawatha and Hiawatha between Peterson and Kilpatrick.

Dance Instructor Needed

Sauganash Park is on the hunt for a fun, high-energy, dance instructor to join their team on a part-time basis.  Interested? Read more! 

Airport Update

The test rotation of flight patterns for flights arriving at O’Hare has been concluded. For results, see the report available from the O’Hare Noise Compatibility Commission.

Mosquito Spraying

A spraying is schedule for the evening of July 3. If you or pets are sensitive to the solutions being used, please stay indoors.

New Board Members

The association is now seeking new board members too begin serving in May. Learn More.

Save the Date

Chicago’s annual citywide “Clean & Green” event is scheduled for Saturday, April 22.  Mark your calendars. More details to come.

Water Main Break

The Kilpatrick water main break has been stopped and is now draining. The city is asking affected households to:

  1. Report flooding and approximately how many inches of water entered your home to the alderman (773-736-5594) or 311 for city documentation.
  2. Include police report JA130237 along with photos and description of damage when talking to your insurance agency.
  3. File a claim with the Water Department. Forms are available online (claim form) and at the alderman’s office. Include police report JA130237.

If you have excessive water in the street due to blocked sewers, whether from the water main break or otherwise, please try to clear leaves and debris from the sewer to facilitate draining.

Standing Water in the Street

If you have excessive water in the street due to the heavy rains, please try to clear leaves and debris from the sewer to facilitate draining. If that doesn’t work? Report the problem to the ward office by calling 773 736 5594 or emailing 

Dispose of Pharmaceuticals Safely

Drop off expired or unused medications at the city’s disposal sites. They’re open 24/7, and two nearby are the 16th District Police Station (5151 N. Milwaukee Avenue) and the 17th District Police Station (4650 N. Pulaski Road). You can also leave them at the O’Brien Water Reclamation Plant,  7 days a week, 9 am – 6 pm, 3500 Howard Street (847) 568-8223.

Parking Lot Progress

The Whole Foods Market has been working on developing the land directly north of them on Cicero Ave. since 2015. Delays have been due to reviews and approvals from the state and city, but everything seems to be finally moving forward and hopefully construction will begin in spring. The redevelopment envisions a parking lot and community space as well as a stoplight at Glenlake Ave. to unravel the traffic snarl.  Read more.

Drumroll please…

The scores have been tabulated, the results are in and Sauganash School is perfect!  They earned a perfect score on the annual School Quality Rating Policy and were ranked 1+.  Of over 500 schools in Chicago—including all the magnet, selective enrollment and charter schools—only 4 achieved a perfect score. Congratulations to Principal Christine Munns, all the teachers and the students for their incredible achievement. Read more.

Sauganash PTA Reaches their Goal

With the help of the SCA, other associations and businesses in the community, parents, teachers and many others, the Sauganash PTA reached their goal of raising $50,000 to support the kids, help the teachers and expand learning.

Our Help for the Collins Family is Needed

The Collin’s Family’s home in the 5800 block of North Kilbourn Ave was destroyed by fire on Wednesday, December 7th. Thankfully the family was not at home, however they have lost everything.

Because of the continued support of our members, the SCA was able to make a contribution to the Collins family. But, much more is needed. A “Go Fund Me Page” has been set up on their behalf, and Patty Cerny is organizing a Gift Card drive for the family. Please deliver gift cards to her attention at the Baird & Warner office, 5430 W. Devon. Contact Patty directly with any questions or if there is a contribution you would like her to pick up. Her number is 773-230-2542.

New Housing Proposed

The SCA Board of Directors recently heard a proposal to develop a parcel of land south of Bryn Mawr at Kostner. The initial idea was to build 18 townhouses. After meeting with the board and Alderman, that proposal probably will not be moving forward. However, it is possible that the developer may build as many as seven single family homes on the property. Read more.

Santa Visits Sauganash!santa

Over 55 children met one-on-one with the big guy at Sauganash Park  on Saturday, December 10 at Santa’s Workshop. In addition to personally delivering their Christmas list, everyone enjoyed games, activities and refreshments. The day’s fun was wrapped up with a performance by “The Little People.” Refreshments and entertainment were provided by the Sauganash Community Association.

Snow Plowing Is Uncertain

The service that has plowed our streets for decades has told us that they are having trouble finding drivers. They have agreed to try to provide us with the same quality service as in years past, but they ask for our patience. Hopefully their staffing situation will improve before the snow arrives! Read more about out snow plowing service.

Apply for Property Tax Rebate

If you are Chicago homeowner with a household income of $75,000 or less and the city portion of your most recent property tax bill increased over last year’s, you may be entitled to a rebate. You can apply at any of the 26 neighborhood locations. Residents of the 39th Ward are encouraged to use the Albany Park Library (3401 W. Foster.) Homeowners must apply for the rebate in person, and you must bring required documents.

Additional Police Officers Coming

Alderman Margaret Laurino and Alderman Ariel Reboyras tells us that the Police Superintendent has committed to assigning 12 new officers to the 16th & 17th District by the end of 2016 along with opening bid spots through March.