Maywood Gets $206K, Melrose Park Gets $203K for Bike Lanes | Video Cameras for New Maywood Metra Station | More

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Cook County Commissioner Richard Boykin (1st) addresses community members during a July 15 town hall held at village council chambers, 125 S. 5th Ave. in Maywood. | Michael Romain/VFP

Friday, July 28, 2017 || By Michael Romain || @maywoodnews

During a town hall meeting he convened in Maywood on July 15, Cook County Commissioner Richard Boykin (1st) announced that the county board was set to approve a grant of around $206,000 to install a bike path along Washington Blvd.

The county board unanimously approved the grant, which is part of a $7.2 million county-wide highway improvement project, at a regular meeting on July 19.

Formally called the 2017 Invest in Cook Awards, the projects are designed to provide incentives to municipalities to encourage “non-auto” forms of transportation.

According to a county primer about the program, the grant funds “preliminary engineering for roadway resurfacing, new curb and gutter, the potential for bike lanes, and improved drainage” on Washington Boulevard in Maywood.

“An improved Washington Boulevard will enhance access to the forest preserves and Pace bus service,” the primer states.

In addition to Maywood’s grant, Melrose Park received a $203,000 grant to improve Armitage Avenue. The funds will help partially cover the $350,000 that the engineering phase of the project is estimated to cost.

“This preliminary engineering grant will enable the preparation of a multimodal concept for the road’s reconstruction that addresses: local industry’s needs to ship materials and products by truck, residents’ desire to bike and walk, and flooding associated with Silver Creek following major storms,” the county’s primer reads.

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In addition to the Invest in Cook grant, Boykin also touted a $5.5 million county grant he helped secure for Loyola University Medical Center “to help relieve the flooding that exists in this area,” Boykin said. “[The grant will allow them to] put underground water tanks on campus to help take water off of First Avenue.”

“I’m excited about all of the money that has flowed to this area since we’ve been elected,” Boykin added. “I’ve been in office for two years and seven months. We’ve still got a little more work to do. Proviso has been making out pretty good based on the representation you have on the county board.”

Maywood Metra station to get cameras 

Roughly a month after village officials cut the ribbon on the new roughly 900-square-foot Metra station on 5th Ave. and Main St., the Maywood Board of Trustees  voted for a video surveillance system to be installed at the station.

Based on the recommendation of Maywood Police Chief Valdimir Talley, the village voted to allow its in-house IT consultant Accutron to install a camera system at “$3,000 or less.” Accutron also installed a camera system at the Fred Hampton Aquatic Center.

As part of his recommendation, Talley suggested that the board move forward with an alternative plan of $7,286 from Naperville-based Tactical Video in case a backup proposal was necessary.

In other infrastructure news 

Maywood has roughly 10 miles of alleys that need to be paved, according to Village Manager Willie Norfleet, who provided that piece of information during Boykin’s July 15 town hall.

Norfleet’s data bite came at the prompting of Maywood resident Edward Howard, who after noting that Hillside, Bellwood, Broadview, Forest Park and Melrose Park are all communities that, unlike Maywood, have paved alleys, wanted to know, “Why?”

All other villages have paved alleys throughout and we stopped at paving maybe a half or a third. Why?”

Norfleet’s explanation:

Less than probably a month and half ago, an alley was completed between 6th and 7th Avenues between Main and Lake. Currently, about we’re able to do about five alleys in the Madison St. TIF [Tax Increment Financing district].

“Next season we’ll begin to pave those alleys with concrete. We have about 10 miles of un-improved alleys. It takes, literally, about $13 million to pave all those alleys. We are chipping away at it. We’ve got plans to address that right now and we’ve received comments about trying to do alleys between 2nd and 1st Avenues, right at Madison and Green. We’ll consider adding those, but right now we’re already [limited] with what we’re able to do.” VFP

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7 thoughts on “Maywood Gets $206K, Melrose Park Gets $203K for Bike Lanes | Video Cameras for New Maywood Metra Station | More”

  1. SMH That still don’t mean anything that the village of Maywood close the Aldi store and it is still a food desert. That is all fine and dandy that Maywood got a $207,000 grant, but that grant should definitely be put into use. Like having youth programs, job training, update the recreation center, and the park district main building on 9th Ave. and Madison St. Residents in the village of Maywood are still moving out, because their property taxes and water taxes are too expensive. All I can say to the Village Manager Willie Norfleet, Jr. please do your job!

    1. You tell it like it is, thank God for our people start waking up! They all always trying to sugar coat things after bad news. The community is loosing with these people, lets get back to loving our town an focus on the things that have us loosing economic value…..thank you

      1. BEING REAL: I really appreciate you commenting on this post. I am just trying to keep it realistic and I find this very disturbing how some residents in the village of Maywood is allowing this foolishness to happen. I have post stuff that residents need to attend the town hall meetings, board of education meetings, and etc. I cannot say anything more abstract, because that is the only way that residents in Maywood is going to see some progressive changes in their community.

  2. I’m confused: why will it take $200k+ to put a bike lane on Washington? Are they just going to paint the pavement or will the path be paved? I’ll tell ya, I wouldn’t ride MY bike down Washington in the shape the street is in – even in a car you get thrown around by the holes, the bumps and stuff. However, what is not clear is who has control over the grant money. It seems that it’s Cook County and if they allocate it to putting bike lanes then we’re gonna have a bike lane…I guess. Right now we have the Prairie Path and it draws bikers (no, not referring to the leather and Harley crowd) and having a lane may entice more bikers to ride down Washington as an adjunct to the Prairie Path. Of course, Boykin is taking all the credit for this. Another load of BS.

    As far as the first comment that ends in a statement about people moving out due to property taxes and water bills being too expensive, I question the accuracy of that statement. I think people are moving out because their houses are being repo’d. And because of the state of decay of those houses, no one in their right mind would buy them unless they had money to rehab the entire house. So we’ve got property values of $25K – $50K in foreclosure; that brings the price of everyone’s house down and a lot of us are underwater in our mortgage(s). And STILL, while every damned Trustee on the Board is blind, deaf and dumb about this, Maywood continues to look like a junk yard! And you can go to the board meetings and talk til you turn blue in the face, and it doesn’t help because these 3 old men should not ever be re-elected and they should just resign. So don’t go to board meetings and complain unless you are will to get the dead wood off the board.

  3. THE MAYWOOD WATCHER: I agree with what your typing about. Like I said what Cook County Commissioner Richard Boykins stated is “ridiculous” and “foolish.” This is why residents and citizens really need to investigate and do a thorough research, and get involved in their local politics. Attend these town hall, board of education, or whatever meetings and hold them accountable.

  4. Aldi closed its store on Maywood. The Village didn’t. It’s simple economics. You don’t sell your wares, you don’t make money and you close your store. I really don’t think a grocery will ever make it in Maywood. If quality food and other sundries can’t be sold at prices that are competitive with Jewel, Mariano’s, Aldi, and Trader Joe’s, WalMart and Target, it will not survive.

    1. THE MAYWOOD WATCHER: I disagree with what you typed. The Village of Maywood will have a grocery store, but it is up to the trustees that want to have a grocery store. I have heard what Mrs. Mayor Edwenna Perkins stated that they were in the process of having a grocery store in Maywood, but was unsuccessful, because the board stopped her of not having a grocery store. There should be no excuses why some residents in the village of Maywood have to travel so far to purchase food, and most of the residents are senior citizens. It just doesn’t make no sense to me!

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