LETTERS: Maywood Overnight Parking Is Unfair | Remembering Rev. Don Williams

Sunday, July 22, 2018 || LETTERS || @maywoodnews 

I currently live in a 20-plus-unit building, on a block that has six other homes and another four-unit rental building. In 2013, when this building was renovated and opened, the village deemed it as a unit that “did not require” off-street parking.

Although I’m not an economic development scholar, I could honestly estimate that at least 10 to 12 cars would come from this building alone, adding to the number of cars from other residents that had already been parking on the block overnight. 

The overnight parking ordinance is designed to make the streets clear of cars so that street sweepers and plows can get through when necessary. Got it. In 2013, I was aware of the overnight parking ordinance that the village had and still has. When I looked at the situation on my block as it pertained to the number of cars and then referenced the overnight parking ordinance, I began to look at things differently because none of the residents were provided notification about the overnight parking ordinance at the time of rental or at the time they purchased their homes. 

Also, in 2013, I asked if I could get a copy of any documentation that verified the village giving the owner notification of the ordinance to share with all tenants in an effort to comply with the village ordinance. … (crickets) …. I never received a copy. Well, I’ve always been told by

Maywood’s economic development director that this ordinance is “conveyed” to the owners of multi-units with no parking area. I also am aware that all of our multi-unit buildings have different solutions to this overnight parking ordinance.

That means some multi-units have been exempt from the ordinance while others have to abide by the ordinance. Where is the consistency? 

I was advised by Maywood’s police chief in 2013 to speak with an officer to try to get this resolved fairly. Upon speaking to an officer and a commander, they understood our plight with overnight parking in this area. 

We all mentioned that having to park at the opposite end of the block could be somewhat unsafe due to block’s poor lighting, in part a condition of the low-hanging tree limbs in the parkway. (I believe in 5 years, our trees were trimmed twice and that was only due to a request). After speaking with the officer and commander, they recommended that few, if any, tickets would be written until a resolution had been made by the village. 

I and other residents in this building had went three years with few to no tickets. The last time I checked on the issue, I was told a resolution had not yet been made. All of a sudden, June 2018 comes and all of us at this building received at least five tickets per household in one month for overnight parking. 

When I addressed this issue at the board meeting on July 17, I was basically told to pay the tickets and pay for a $200 overnight parking sticker for the year and be quiet. When asked a few times before about an annual total revenue amount for overnight parking stickers purchased … (crickets again). 

At last Tuesday’s board meeting, the police chief was proud to say that his department wrote

1,700 tickets for the month of June! Other than overnight parking, what other vehicle violation tickets have been written? Speeding? Running a stop sign? Loud music? Loitering? Sagging pants? Moreover, the economic development director often evades the issue to get you on your way out of his. 

So what do you do as a resident? 

I have given the village four recommendations and am willing to sit on a committee and actually find solutions to address not only overnight parking, but other issues that are choking the residents for these problems that we all may have experienced while feeling slighted.

No one is perfect but when the village makes a mistake, they should take the higher road, own it and correct it to eliminate similar challenges in the future. This is one way you begin to build community harmony within a village. It seems as though we keep going around and around and around and never reach a solution that’s fair and conducive for both the residents and the village! I am yet hopeful that this issue will be addressed fairly. 

— Antonette “Toni” Dorris, Maywood resident, former village trustee 

Man on fire 

My first real encounter with the man some call “The Don” was at his place of business where you could find him working almost all of the time. He invited me to attend midday worship services at his church. I accompanied him for over a year to these services. It was from these services that I learned Rev. Don Williams’ most important characteristic was that he was a man on fire for the service of our Lord Jesus Christ.  

His faith was the center of his life. He moved and had his being in Jesus. It was this inner fire that burned so infectiously that it motivated others to emulate him. I believe that he was blessed with longevity for his sincerity. 

Anyone who knew Rev. Williams knows that he sculptured his language. He enunciated and pronounced each word very carefully as to always say exactly what he meant.  I believe it was his training as a pharmacist to say the exact right thing — never being excessive, because as a pharmacist to be excessive in any way could be dangerous. He was always precise in his usage of words. 

Rev. Williams didn’t scratch where it didn’t itch and he didn’t laugh at what wasn’t funny. He was a serious black man always about his father’s business.He believed that black men had a special role to fill in the family and greater community. He had a magnificent smile and a wonderful sense of humor. And he had absolutely no time for fools or foolishness. He believed in being a good steward of both time and money.

— Stanford Lewis, former Maywood resident  

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4 thoughts on “LETTERS: Maywood Overnight Parking Is Unfair | Remembering Rev. Don Williams”

  1. Ms. Doris,
    you are absolutely right!!!!! Maywood needs to work with its committed residents to fix the problem and stop nickel and diming people to help plug holes in their budget woes.

  2. I’ve been here 20 years, and the overnight ban has been in effect since at least then. Almost all the surrounding suburbs have it in place as well. Having come from the city, I think a large part of the purpose is to keep junked up cars off the street and in front of other peoples houses as well as people hanging out all night partying it up by their cars (which is a problem in Chicago)

  3. I am familiar with the area mentioned and think the owner of property should have made some type of arrangement with the village for parking. They knew there was not enough parking behind the building or on streets for a rental building with this many units. At one time tennants of that building were permitted to park in Proviso East parking lot, but because they would not move their cars and throw out trash from their cars, Proviso stopped the parking privilege.

    The home owners in the area were not allowed to park overnight unless they called in to report that their car or out of town guest car would be on the street. Maywood has always had an overnight parking ban and I think it should continue(see Title Vll Chapter 72.34 of Maywood Code Ordnance). Overnight parking on the street does not permit the village to properly maintain the area when it comes to street cleaning of trash or snow along with other issues.

  4. Oak Park and River Forest have overnight parking bans AND have designated areas for Permit Parking. The residents that require additional parking are required to prove residency and must pay a Quarterly permit fee. Why can’t Maywood do the same? It’s a win/win, people who need additional parking can pay for it and it’s additional revenue for the village.

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