ABC 7 NEWS: Maywood Threatens Immediate Water Shutoff for Unpaid Bills

40 W MadisonJune 12, 2015 || Originally Posted: ABC 7 NEWS || 5/11/15 || Paul Meincke

Maywood has been hobbled for years by home foreclosures and job losses. The village says half of its 6,400 water accounts are delinquent to the tune of over $1 million.

So this is an attempt to eat into that debt.

“If they make a good faith effort, and those who already have a payment arrangement who have honored it, they’re not going to get shut off,” Norfleet said. “But we have to have you come in and make arrangements to pay. Granted, there will ultimately be a percentage that we go out and shut off.”

Though the notice says the cut-offs begin Friday, the reality is that won’t likely happen until next week after the village can gauge response to what it says is not a bluff.

From a CBS Chicago report:

“It’s not an attempt to literally shut the water off, and say too bad. Some, or most, are going to have to come up with some money, so we can keep going,” [Norfleet] said.

Norfleet said it would be unfair to residents who pay their bills on time to have to pay more to cover the cost of those who haven’t paid. He said shutoffs likely won’t begin until after Monday.

Residents would have to pay a $300 fee to get their water turned back on if it is shut off for non-payment.

Payments can be made with cash, check, money order, or credit card at the village hall, located at 40 Madison St. in Maywood, from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, or 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturdays. VFP

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3 thoughts on “ABC 7 NEWS: Maywood Threatens Immediate Water Shutoff for Unpaid Bills”

  1. The decision by the new Village Manager to actually have delinquent customers pay their bills or shut off their service is commended. The idea of not having residents who pay their water bills shoulder the delinquency of non-paying residents is as commendable. May the new Village Manager be steadfast and firm in his position and not be pressured otherwise by elected officials or others.

  2. Kudos to Manager Norfleet! The question is why don’t village residents pay their bills?? Let’s face it, if you do not pay your gas bill – they shut it off! If you do not pay your electricity bill – they shut it off! It baffles the mind that Maywood has continuing problems related with water. Finally, someone on board who is addressing the issue.

  3. What about those homes that dont have water meters, why havent the village did something about that. They should schedule appt. for each and every home to check and if unable to gain access on two attempts should cut of water supply until they comply. We are paying for their water…. Its about time something is being done.

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