Thursday, May 12, 2016 || By Michael Romain
The Village Hall at 40 Madison may no longer be open on Saturdays for residents to make water bill payments, and other payment arrangements, in person with village employees.
During a May 11 board meeting, Maywood Village Manager Willie Norfleet, Jr., recommended that the water collection division be closed on Saturdays, except during the month of December.
Norfleet explained that there’s no security presence or supervisors in the building on Saturday — a day where the amount of people coming into the building to pay their bills doesn’t warrant paying the money for those employees to be on site.
“It’s too possible that problems can occur from having no security,” Norfleet said at the May 11 meeting.
In a recent memo, Norfleet wrote that most people are able to put their payments in the payment box in front of village hall.
“If activity warrants, or demand pushes, to have [the building opened] on Saturday, then I’ll come back to the [board],” Norfleet said. “But then I’d want to refine it with security and supervision.”
Norfleet said the month of December may warrant opening the building for payments on Saturdays because that’s when automobile stickers are due.
The board is scheduled to vote on whether or not to authorize Norfleet’s recommendations at its next regular board meeting on May 17.
Maywood fire chief proposes reactivating CERT unit
During a May 11 Legal, License and Ordinance Committee (LLOC) meeting, Maywood Fire Chief Craig Bronaugh asked permission of the village board to reactivate a community emergency response team, or CERT, unit. The unit existed several years ago, but dissolved due to a lack of interest, Bronaugh said.
The CERT team would help train residents to be better prepared for community-wide emergency situations and provide “critical support to first responders, provide immediate assistance to victims and organize spontaneous volunteers at a disaster site,” Bronaugh said, adding that members would also be able to help with non-emergency projects “that help improve safety for the community.”
At Wednesday’s meeting, Bronaugh requested permission to begin recruiting residents for a youth and an adult division of the CERT program. He said recruitment will take place “over the course of a few years,” but that the department hopes to have the unit up and running in the near future.
The community members of the CERT divisions will be trained by certified firemen and the CERT unit will be headed up by a retired fire captain.
At the May 11 meeting, the chief’s proposal was largely met with approval from board members, who unanimously voted to have the recommendation considered at the next regular board meeting on May 17.
“I do know they have similar program in Bellwood and I think this would be an excellent asset to the community,” said Trustee Isiah Brandon. “A couple of years ago there was major flooding problem and we were taking sandbags to [different] parts of Maywood as the water was rising.”
Brandon said the youth division of the CERT unite could potentially “inspire young people to go into the fields as well.”
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Safe Summer art contest for grades 6th through 8th
A press conference to announce the launch of this year’s Safe Summer program will be held outside of 125 S. 5th Avenue on Saturday, May 14, 2 p.m. To access more information on the art contest, or the form to fill out, click the document above or click here.
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