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BRIEFLY: 2016 Bulk Pickup Schedule | Maywood Firefighter Lands $51K Grant | 105-year-old Gets Her Own Day | Police, Fire Commissioners Get Pay Raise

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Firefighter Karen Ross, pictured in 2014. Below, Ross with Maywood Fire Chief Craig Bronaugh at a board meeting earlier this year. | Photos submitted
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Saturday, October 1, 2016 || By COMMUNITY EDITOR || @maywoodnews

Maywood firefighter and EMT Karen Ross was commended during a village board meeting last week by Maywood Fire Chief Craig Bronaugh for her work in securing a $51,000 grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

The money will allow the department to upgrade its handheld radios, Bronaugh said during the Sept. 28 meeting.

“Emergency or non-emergency, whether at a fire scene or otherwise, the significance of being able to effectively communicate with either fire supervisors or fellow personnel can never be overstated,” he said.

Bronaugh said the $51,000 award is just Ross’s latest coup. The chief said Ross has helped the cash-strapped department secure a total of over $100,000 in alternative funding sources.

Sept. 20 officially Susie Lewis Day

Susie Lewis, a 105-year-old Maywood resident, now has her own day. Earlier this month, the Maywood Board of Trustees voted to make Sept. 20 Susie Lewis Day in Maywood.

Fall cleanup schedule released 

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The Village of Maywood & Republic Services will conduct a Village Clean Up throughout the month of October & November. Large bulky household items and junk are acceptable. Smaller, loose items must be in containers or tied and bundled.

Household hazardous waste will NOT be accepted. Please have your discarded items at your garbage pick-up point on Wednesday morning of the week Republic is in your neighborhood:

  • Oct. 5 | Roosevelt north to I-290; 1st Ave. west to 25th Ave.
  • Oct. 12 | I-290 north to Madison; Greenwood west to 21st Ave.
  • Oct. 26 | Madison north to Railroad; 1st Ave. west to 21st Ave.
  • Nov.  2 | Main Street north to Village limits; Desplaines west to 9th Ave.

“Anything placed out there, the garbage company will get with the exception of televisions,” Maywood Public Works Director John West said. If residents seek to throw out paint, it must be hardened. You can pick up a paint hardener packet at Braun’s Paint Co., 807 S. 5th Ave.

Maywood Board of Police and Fire Commissioners get pay raise, possibly longer terms

After voting 5 – 2 to increase the pay for members of the village’s Board of Police and Fire Commissioners from $100 per meeting to $150 per meeting  (with Trustee Isiah Brandon and Mayor Edwenna Perkins voting against the measure), the Maywood Board of Trustees is now poised to lengthen the term of each commissioner from one year to three years.

Gloria Clay, the police and fire board’s secretary, will receive $200 per meeting, $50 more than she was receiving before. The police and fire commission is the only one of the village’s more than a dozen commissions or committees in which members are paid.

Police and fire commission members say the pay increase should be more, considering how much time and energy they put into their work. The mayor, however, blasted some members of the commission for overstaying their one-year terms. Perkins also said that if some commission members feel the pay isn’t sufficient, they shouldn’t be on the commission.

The police and fire commission is responsible for recruiting, selecting and appointing qualified candidates to be hired as police officers and firefighters/paramedics, and conducting disciplinary hearings, among other functions. VFP 

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Maywood To Get Speed Trailer; Board Could Give Allied Waste, Current Technology The Boot; Residents Want LNR store gone

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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

AlliedSeveral 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

LNRAt 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

West TownOperation 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 operationupliftinc@gmail.com. VFP

Briefly: Three Maywood Businesses Could Have Licenses Revoked Due to Repeat Violations; Fall 2015 Cleanup Schedule; Village Pride; More

captain freshFriday, October 30, 2015 || By Michael Romain 

On Oct. 14, the village board, staff and attorney received a report listing the Maywood businesses with liquor, business and tobacco license violations in 2015. Three businesses stood out, said village attorney Michael Jurusik during an Oct. 29 Legal, License and Ordinance Committee (LLOC) meeting.

“The board saw repeat offenders,” he said, adding that some of those businesses have already had their tobacco licenses revoked and/or suspended through the mayor’s office. But to no avail.

“There are serious repeat offenders ignoring the fact that the mayor has revoked their tobacco license and continue to sell tobacco,” Jurusik said. “So the next step is to revoke the business license, if they’re not going to play ball …”

Jurusik identified three business — LNR Family Store (1043 S. 5th Ave.), Captain Fresh Farm (1001 S. 9th Ave.), (pictured above), and Rosa’s Dollar Store (1401 S. 5th Ave.) — that have incurred multiple violations.

He said one, Captain Fresh, tried appealing the village’s decision to revoke in the state courts, but those courts sided with the village.

Jurusik said the mayor will set three hearings on those three establishments. He said staff will be making the case to revoke the business licenses of all three repeat offenders. Once the establishments receive notice of the village’s intent, they’ll either be required to move out of the village or appeal the village’s decision in state court. While the decision is being appealed, those businesses will be able to operate. Jurusik said the the revocation process should begin some time next month.

Maywood Fall Cleanup Schedule 2015  

The Village of Maywood & Allied Republic Services will conduct a Village Clean Up throughout the month of November. Large bulky household items and junk are acceptable. Smaller, loose items must be in containers or tied and bundled. Household hazardous waste will NOT be accepted. Please have your discarded items at your garbage pick-up point on Wednesday morning of the week Allied is in your neighborhood:

  • November 4, 2015 Roosevelt north to I-290; 1st Ave. west to 25th Ave.
  • November 11, 2015 I-290 north to Madison; Greenwood west to 21st Ave.
  • November 18, 2015 Madison north to Railroad; 1st Ave. west to 21st Ave.
  • November 25, 2015 Main Street north to Village limits; Desplaines west to 9th Ave.

Village Wide Village Pride Cleanup 

Pick up litter, debris and unsightly clutter around your yard, street, alley, business, place of worship. Pitch in at vacant lots, abandoned buildings. Participate as team of residents, homeowners, businesses, churches or organizations. Wear your Village Pride T-Shirt!

Start location: ReUse Depot, 50 Madison, Maywood (across from Proviso East High School)

When: Saturday, Nov. 7, 2015 || 9 AM

Organized by the Village of Maywood Environmental Beautification Commission. Join us for our pre-winter clean-up event, as we sweep through the village before winter snows arrive, picking up litter and helping our village look beautiful. Show your pride in Maywood in this fun, low-key, family-friendly community activity! And don’t forget to wear your Village Pride t-shirt!

For questions, contact Loretta Brown at Ljbrown243@comcast.net

Senior Snow Removal Program

Maywood provides snow removal services for seniors (65 years old and older) and disabled residents who live alone and have no other way to get their snow removed (if at least two feet of snow falls).

Workers will clear the front or main entrance, steps, walkway, as well as the public sidewalk in front of the home. They’ll also put down salt after snow is removed, but they won’t be responsible for clearing driveways.

To complete the application for this program or to receive more info, click here.

Property Tax Assessment Appeal Forum 

Larry Rogers, the Cook County Board of Review District Commissioner, in partnership with Recorder of Deeds Karen Yarbrough, Cook County Commissioner Richard Boykin (1st) and Maywood Mayor Edwenna Perkins will host a property tax assessment appeal forum:

When:Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2015 || 6:30 PM

Where: Maywood Multipurpose Center, 200 S. 5th Ave., Maywood VFP

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Maywood’s Large Item Pickup Started Today, May 5, to Continue Each Wed. Thru May 27

Bulk-Items3Tuesday, May 5, 2015 || By Michael Romain

This morning, Wed., May 5, the Village of Maywood and Allied Republic Services began their annual large item pickup service.

“Large, bulky household items and junk are acceptable. Smaller, loose items must be in containers or tied and bundled. Household hazardous waste will NOT be accepted. Please have your discarded items at your garbage pick-up point on Wednesday morning of the week Allied is coming to your neighborhood,” according to a village statement.

Public Works Director John West noted that residents will be able to put out “anything big,” from televisions to couches. Allied will also be picking up paint, he said. Residents throwing out paint, however, should be sure to purchase and apply a hardening agent to the paint before putting it out to waste, West said. Hardening agent can be purchased at Maywood’s family owned Braun Paint Co., 807 S. 5th Avenue, or at most hardware stores.

The dates and routes for the pickups are below: 

  • May 6: Roosevelt north to 1-290; 1st Avenue west to 25th Avenue

  • May 13: I-290 north to Madison; Greenwood west to 21st Avenue

  • May 20: Madison north to Railroad; 1st Avenue west to 21st Avenue

  • May 27: Main Street north to village limits; Des Plaines west to 9th Avenue