A reader writes in:
"Thought you might get a kick out of this... After several months of calls from me and my neighbors to Shiller's office, heated emails with her assistant Michilla, and 311 calls, the sewer catch basins on the 4700 block (Magnolia) are now supposedly clean (as of today). This has been a sore subject for residents of this block because the standing water iced over during the winter creating a virtual skating rink that "iced in" cars, and then this spring brought the stench of raw sewage. Hopefully the problem is solved.
However, look at Michilla's response below. Apparently the problem was from dog walkers dropping bags of dog poop down the storm drains, and the occasional landscaping debris. Uh, how about the countless number of litter bugs in the hood who throw trash around left and right with no regard to the community? Nah, couldn't be them - its those evil dog owners... yeah, them.... I find it hard to imagine a dog owner would go to the trouble to bag their dogs waste up only to jam it down a storm drain. Maybe I'm wrong. Interesting."
A Resident of the 4700 block of Magnolia
I spoke with the Water Department and confirmed their promise to clean
your catch basins! So you have relief -for now. The General
Superintendent, who supervised the project himself, said that all four
catch basins on the block are now clean.
A couple of things I learned from the GS (and please share this with
your neighbors as well): Your sewers are being clogged your neighbors
with dogs throwing plastic baggies of poop down the sewers. He said it
appears that someone does that regularly and this is clogging the
vortexes that I described in a previous email.
Also, encourage your neighbors to dispose of their landscaping waste
into a trash receptacle. Do not just brush it down the sewer.
According to the GS, the sewers were clogged with plastic baggies and
cut grass/landscaping debris. I will always help get the sewers
cleaned, but you see it took my office 2 weeks to get you some relief,
so anything you can do on your side to educate your neighbors would be
Thank you, and feel free to ring me with any questions or concerns.
City Services Coordinator
46th Ward Service Office of Alderman Helen Shiller
4544 N. Broadway
Chicago, IL 60640
fax - 773/878-4920