Tuesday, September 11, 2018 || LETTERS || @maywoodnews
A story recently aired on WGN Channel 9 news about Maywood’s high water bills, which are happening because of many reasons.
An antiquated software billing system still prints out estimated, instead of actual water bills, even though the village has within the last three years installed new water meters.
The village residents have for many years been absorbing the costs of water that is wasted into the sewers on a regular basis due to broken water main pipes that have not been fixed.
Village Manager Willie Norfleet, Jr. identified 22 known leaks of water from old water pipes that have not been fixed. That water is going into the sewer and we are paying for it.
Public Works Director John West has been in charge of that department for years and has known about the leaks, but has not come up with solutions on how to fix them. He is paid a substantial salary from our tax dollars. From the looks of our town, he does not deserve that salary.
Finance Director Lanya Satchell was finance director when the first water billing scandal came to light in 2015. Former employees were taking payments from residents, including seniors, and paying other people’s water bills. Several people lost their jobs. Satchell didn’t.
Not only are the taxpayers giving her a nice salary each year, we are also paying another employee in the finance department a nice salary to do the work of the finance director, because the finance director, who makes more than $90,000, has an MBA in business — not a CPA in municipal government or in finance.
Just like last time, Maywood is on the TV news because of water billing problems. Those employees that stole are gone, but the finance director is still here.
Norfleet oversees all of the village department heads. All of these individuals are collecting more than $90,000 salaries and they are overseeing the same village services that residents have been complaining about for years and years.
If you have the same people doing the same jobs, you keep getting the same results. When will these department heads start being held accountable for the job that they are not doing — which is to provide quality village services paid for by our tax dollars?
Maywood, isn’t it time for credentialed, qualified people to not only be hired and work in the village’s various departments, but also to start overhauling software programs that have not been working and implementing new ones, and to start improving all of our village services for all of the residents to see?
— Dawn Rone, Maywood