Maywood Board Brings Back Finance Committee After Years Of Inactivity

Tuesday, February 13, 2018 || By Michael Romain || @maywoodnews 

During a Feb. 6 regular meeting, the Maywood Board of Trustees unanimously decided to reactivate the board’s finance committee, which has been dormant since Mayor Edwenna Perkins took office in 2013. Maywood trustee Ron Rivers was absent.

Perkins put the matter on the agenda of last week’s meeting and asked if any trustees would volunteer to serve on the committee. Trustees Antonio Sanchez, Isiah Brandon Melvin Lightford and Kimyada Wellington volunteered to be on the committee. 

According to attorney Michael Jurusik, the finance committee is a sub-committee of the board that meets regularly to look in detail at finance-related issues, such as monthly, quarterly and annual village expenditures; draft budgets; and village fees.

The sub-committee only makes recommendations to the board of trustees. Members are appointed by the mayor and they may or may not be members of the village board.

The committee’s inactivity dates back to Perkins’ first year in office, when she couldn’t get enough trustees to volunteer for the committee to make a quorum.

Eventually, though, enough trustees agreed to make the sub-committee a committee of the whole, but before a vote could be called on the matter, Perkins tabled it. The committee has not met in roughly five years.

At the Feb. 6 meeting, Perkins said that the reactivated finance committee will begin meeting once a month in the coming weeks. VFP 

Public Notice | Public Hearing Feb. 13

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