Wednesday, April 27, 2016 || By Michael Romain
Drivers traveling the streets of Maywood might be forced to pay closer attention to their speedometers. Last month, the Maywood Board of Trustees approved a request from the Maywood Police Department to purchase a speed display trailer at a cost of around $8,200.
Maywood Police Chief Valdimir Talley said that the department’s efforts to double-down on speeding drivers — the bane of many homeowners in the village, according to residents at various community meetings — have only gone so far.
Several months ago, the department outfitted its 2016 patrol unit vehicles with moving radar. It was a good first step, Talley said, but should be reinforced with the purchase of the display trailer.
“It’s necessary if we’re looking at re-gentrification on 17th and Madison,” Talley said at a March 9 Legal, License and Ordinance Committee (LLOC) meeting. “It would be a way to slow down traffic in that area around the school and as new business come into place.”
Talley said the trailer could also be placed in high-traffic areas like 1st Avenue, particularly during periods when construction is taking place.
The trailer won’t just be for show, either, Talley noted. Drivers who notice that they’re traveling well above the speed limit shouldn’t be surprised if they’re subsequently hit with a ticket.
Trustee Michael Rogers said he’s fielded numerous complaints from residents at various community meetings about speeding drivers and that the trailer is necessary.
“Our village does need within its inventory some kind of mechanism like this that is mobile, that we can put out in problem areas or in areas with construction,” he said, before adding that he was nonetheless leery about using the trailer as a means of issuing tickets.
“In my mind, the main reason to have this is the mental signal that it sends to people that they need to slow down here,” Rogers said. “And if you didn’t realize you were going too fast, this is telling you that you are. It gets a little complicated when you talk about [people getting tickets]. I would not be in favor of any red-light camera or speed camera ticketing.”
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Maywood Board of Trustees Could Give Allied Waste, Current Technology the Boot
Several members of the Maywood Board of Trustees have had it with Allied Waste — the firm with which the village contracts for its garbage hauling services — and Current Technology — the firm responsible for installing and maintaining the village’s outdated and chronically in-firmed system of 69 sky-way cameras.
Animated by mounting complaints from residents about what they claim are the firm’s shoddy waste hauling services, last month, a majority of trustees agreed to direct village staff to entertain bids from firms that are competitive with that of Republic Services, formerly Allied Waste.
Republic’s contract expires January 31, 2017, but the waste hauler isn’t going down without trying to make nice. Last month, it offered to “defer” a rate hike that was supposed to take effect in February for 12 months “in exchange for extending the contract for 12 months through January 2018,” according to a memo.
The company also said it would provide a maximum of $2,500 in credits for an electronic recycling program as part of a total package of savings to the village the firm put at $64,000, before touting its consistent support of “civic initiatives, including Maywood Senior Club.” If that wasn’t enough, the firm also noted its membership in the Maywood Chamber of Commerce (a $400/year value) and that it employs five residents.
But that fig leaf, of sorts, seems to have been to no avail, so far. The village is still shopping around.
Republic’s overtures are downright heavenly compared to the bad blood between the village and Current Technology, which, according to village officials, has no interest in continuing in its contract. The antipathy is the same, with several trustees voicing their disgust with what they’ve considered the company’s unresponsiveness and substandard service. Consider this working relationship over.
What will come of the village’s camera system once Current cuts out completely is, so far, anyone’s guess. When the issue came up of dealing with the ramifications of the village cutting off a relationship with its camera service provider, one trustee noted that the devices don’t work, anyway.
Fed up with LNR, some Maywood residents want the store gone, but mayor allows it to stay
At a board meeting last month, resident and meeting mainstay Gloria Clay channeled the rage of senior citizens who live in a senior living facility across the street from LNR Family Store, 1043 S. 5th Ave., who she said have been complaining about the constant loitering outside the store, particularly at night.
“I’ve talked to a couple of the seniors over there in that building,” Clay said. “One gentleman […] told me that the seniors are scared to go out at night, especially to the currency exchange.”
LNR, a well-known hot spot for all manner of vice, was one of three business in the village whose licenses were set to be revoked due to them having incurred multiple liquor, business and tobacco license violations.
The other two businesses, Captain Fresh Farm (1001 S. 9th Ave.) and Rosa’s Dollar Store (1401 S. 5th Ave.), have since closed down, according to Maywood Village Manager Willie Norfleet, Jr.
LNR, however, was granted mercy by Mayor Edwenna Perkins, who said she was asked by residents if the store could stay open. The mayor has the final say-so on the revocation of business licenses.
“People called me and asked me to keep the store open,” said Perkins, who in the past had expressed leeriness about closing three tax-paying businesses at the same time.
Norfleet said the mayor opted, instead, to have LNR closed for 15 days. VFP
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In honor of the late Lennel Grace, a tireless Maywood advocate for clean paths, sidewalks and streets, attend this year’s annual Illinois Prairie Path Cleanup, Saturday, April 30, 8:45 a.m. to 12 p.m., starting at 11th Avenue and Prairie Path, in Maywood. RSVP JoAnn Murphy, so she can plan accordingly.
Operation Uplift to host April 30 reunion kickoff/fundraiser, in lieu of annual luncheon
Operation Uplift, the Maywood nonprofit that operates the West Town Museum of Cultural History and hosts an annual Martin Luther King, Jr., luncheon, has announced that it will be hosting a reunion kickoff to help support and bring awareness to its daily services in lieu of a luncheon this year.
“Please help us continue to provide more cultural awareness to our local community, stimulate individual growth, community pride, and educate the Proviso Township area about the collections of art, artifacts and significant historical materials we hold within our doors,” according to a recent release put out by the organization.
The reunion kickoff activities will include educational tours, an African attire fashion show, live entertainment and food.
It will take place on Saturday, April 30, from 1 PM to 4 PM, at Operation Uplift/West Town Museum, 104 S. 5th Avenue, Maywood.
Donations or pledges of any amount are greatly appreciated. Those who give via checks should make them payable to: Operation Uplift, Inc.
For more information please call Jeri Stenson at 708-289-4955 or email email@example.com. VFP