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Garfield Ridge Civic Discusses Graffiti, Trash

The Garfield Ridge Civic League met with residents to discuss neighborhood concerns on Monday evening at Kennedy High School 6325 W. 56th St., Chicago.

The guest speaker was West Lawn resident Barbara Ziegler, a representative of Ald. Marty Quinn (13th) who filled in for 13th Ward Superintendent Nick Zarro, who was scheduled to talk but wasn’t available.

About 15 people attended the meeting as they heard Ziegler cover topics such as road and alley issues such as pot holes, rodent infestations, abandoned buildings and trash, recycle and bulk pickups as well as various community services available and answered questions from residents.

When asked why it takes so long to get replacement trash containers, Ziegler responded it now takes a least a month due to Mayor Rahm Emanuel requiring a work order for each trash and recycle can. It’s now handled through downtown, she added.

Ziegler also advised the audience on when you should call the city’s 311 and 911 to make a complaint. She also said to call the ward office and Òthey will do their best to take care of your needs.”

Graffiti was another topic discussed and Ziegler mentioned that the ward has their own assigned graffiti crew to combat this neighborhood problem. Ziegler encouraged residents to contact the ward office with their concerns.

Volunteers of the neighborhood watch group Clearing Night Force patrol streets and alleys and inform the ward office when needed repairs or graffiti removal is needed, said longtime resident Mary Shilney, a member of the Clearing Night Force.

Ziegler also spoke highly of Zarro, saying he works for the community and is always willing to help.

Following the meeting Garfield Ridge Civic League President Rick Techman thanked Ziegler for her support and presented her with a City of Chicago coffee mug.

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