Tag: David Myers

Maywood Says Suspensions, Fines Not Enough for Loosie Sellers

Thursday, November 16, 2017 || By Michael Romain || @maywoodnews || Updated: 11/17/17

Featured image: Falcon Fuel in Maywood, which has been caught selling illegal cigarettes and possessing drug paraphernalia. | Google Earth 

Some customers who may be looking to buy tobacco from Sam’s Quick Stop, 1919 St. Charles Rd. in Maywood, may be disappointed for a while.

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Maywood Seeking Grant Writer, Deadline to Apply: Nov. 30

Friday, November 3, 2017 || By Community Editor || @maywoodnews 

The village of Maywood recently posted to another request for proposal for a grant administrator to assist the village “in researching and identifying potential grants and providing general grant writing services associated with the completion and submission of grant applications, program administration, and delivery.”

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Hitting a Snag, Maywood to Renew Search for Grant Writer

Wednesday, November 1, 2017 || By Michael Romain || @maywoodnews 

The village of Maywood’s attempt to hire a grant writer hit a snag earlier this month when contract negotiations between the village and the only candidate to apply for the position broke down.

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Maywood Starts Demolition of a Dozen Hazardous Properties

Friday, October 13, 2017 || By Michael Romain || @maywoodnews 

Featured: A multi-unit apartment building at 440 S. 14th Ave. in Maywood gets demolished on Oct. 13. | Courtesy Village of Maywood

In March, the Maywood Board of Trustees unanimously voted to put 12 vacant properties in the village on the path to fast-track demolition. Now, the actual demolition work has started.

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Maywood Approves >$100K in Backpay for Wrongfully Terminated Worker

Wednesday, September 20, 2017 || By Michael Romain || @maywoodnews  

During a Sept. 19 regular meeting, the Maywood Board of Trustees approved a payment of $106,128.13 in backpay to a village employee who alleged that he was wrongfully terminated in 2014. He has since been reinstated.

The board voted 5 to 1 in favor of the settlement, with Maywood Mayor Edwenna Perkins the lone dissenting vote. Maywood Trustee Melvin Lightford was absent.

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Grocery Store Proposal for Former Maywood Market Stalled

Tuesday, August 15, 2017 || By Michael Romain || @maywoodnews

An entrepreneur’s plan to purchase and turn 615 S. 5th Ave. in Maywood, which once housed the former Maywood Market, into a full-service grocery store called Save More Fresh Market has hit a snag in the road, according to village of Maywood officials.

Ali Hamden had offered $400,000 for the 22,000-square-foot, village-owned building and the roughly 61,000-square-foot, village-owned parking lot next to it.

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Village Officials Say They’re Moving Fast to Tear Down Hazardous Properties

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An abandoned auto repair shop on the 1100 block of South 17th Ave., which is slated for fast-track demolition. | Village of Maywood

Wednesday, July 12, 2017 || By Michael Romain || @maywoodnews 

During a July 12 Legal, License and Ordinance Committee meeting, Maywood village officials said that they’re getting closer to executing a measure unanimously approved by the Board of Trustees in March to put 12 hazardous properties in the village through the fast-track demolition process.

Fast-track demolition allows municipalities to bypass the courts and demolish properties, no higher than three stories that are “open and vacant and determined by the Village to be continuing hazard to the community,” according to a March memo drafted by the village’s contracted law firm, Klein, Thorpe & Jenkins.

Village officials provided an update on the demolition process after at least two residents complained about an abandoned auto repair shop located on the 1100 block of South 17th Ave. that was among the 12 properties slated for demolition.

Maywood Village Manager Willie Norfleet Jr. said that the former auto repair shop was the “location we caught [and arrested] our first official fly-dumper.” Norfleet said the person was throwing material inside of the boarded-up building. The suspect’s truck was also confiscated.

“Hopefully, [that building on 17th Ave.] comes down very shortly,” Norfleet said, adding that he hopes within the next 30 to 90 days.

Maywood Assistant Village Manager David Myers said that the village’s attorneys have begun the process of verifying the owners of the 12 properties and are working on sending out letters to those owners, which is required as part of the process.

“The process is still moving,” Myers said. “We have signs ordered. We just need the green light to start the demolition process.”

Attorney Michael Jurusik said that a program administered through the Cook County Sheriff’s office will actually carry out the demolitions, saving the village money. But the speediness in which the process is carried out could also depend on how long it takes the county to act, he said.

“We’re moving as fast as possible,” he said. “We’re doing the minimum due diligence necessary to make sure the property owners have minimal notice of what to do with the properties. Our ducks are all lined up in a row. We’ve approved everything we need to approve on our end.”

Other properties scheduled for fast-track demolition:

  • 1825 S. 22nd Ave. 
  • 1821 S. 21st Ave. 
  • 1420 S. 21st Ave.
  • 1304 S. 21st Ave. 
  • 1248 S. 21st Ave.
  • 419 S. 21st Ave. 
  • 1817 S. 20th Ave. 
  • 440 S. 14th Ave.
  • 1205 S. 16th Ave. 
  • 1242 S. 16th Ave.
  • 2108 S. 8th Ave. 

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