Maywood LLOC Meeting Scheduled for Tonight, Wednesday, May 10, 7 PM

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Wednesday, May 10 || By Community Editor || @maywoodnews 

A Legal, License and Ordinance Committee (LLOC) meeting of the Maywood Board of Trustees is scheduled to take place tonight, Wednesday, May 10, 7 p.m., at 125 S. 5th Ave. in Maywood. Among items to be discussed (click here for the full agenda packet):

  • Discussion and consideration regarding memo from Edwin  Hancock Engineering that serves as a placeholder for the upcoming bid opening (5-5-17) and recommendation of contractor for the 1st Avenue Sanitary Sewer Improvements Project.
  • Discussion concerning IPFS Corporation for approval of the 28% down payment  for General Liability Insurance Premium Policy for auto, property, crime, excess umbrella and general, etc. for the Village of Maywood.  The total cash down payment is $187,099.25.
  • A Memorandum regarding “Illinois House Bill 198 and Proposed Minimum Wage Increase” dated May 2, 2017 from Klein, Thorpe and Jenkins, Ltd.

Maywood LLOC Meeting Scheduled Tonight, Wednesday, April 26, 7 PM

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Wednesday, April 26, 2017 || By Community Editor || @maywoodnews

A Legal, License and Ordinance Committee (LLOC) meeting is scheduled to take place tonight, Wednesday, April 26, 7 p.m., at 125 S. 5th Ave. in Maywood. Among items to be discussed include (for a full agenda packet, click here):

  • Discussion and approval to move to the Planning Commission and Zoning Board of Appeal, the New Hope Christian Center plans for interior build- out and modification of existing commercial space at 14 South 19th  Avenue for the “New Hope Empowerment Center”.
  • An Ordinance Creating a New Chapter 126 (Transportation Network Companies) of Title XI (Business Regulations) of the Maywood Village Code relative to the Operation of Transportation Network Companies within the Village; and
  •  –  A copy of the Transportation Network Providers Act (625 ILCS 57/1 et seq.). Documents regarding “911 Consolidated Dispatch Center (Maywood and Broadview)” with a cover Memorandum dated April 19, 2017 from Klein, Thorpe and Jenkins, Ltd.
  • An Ordinance Amending Title XI (“Business Regulations”), Chapter 116 (“Tobacco”) of the Village of Maywood Code of Ordinances to increase the minimum age of sale, purchase and possession of tobacco products from eighteen (18) years of age to twenty-one (21) years of age, and regarding Tobacco Licensing and Enforcement.

Maywood Likely to Demolish 12 Hazardous Properties


A former auto repair shop at 1142 S. 17th Ave. that could be torn down if the village board authorizes fast-track demolition on March 7, which it’s likely to do. | All photos by Village of Maywood 

Thursday, March 2, 2017 || By Michael Romain || @maywoodnews || Updated: 12:54 p.m.

During a March 1 Legal, License and Ordinance Committee (LLOC) meeting, the Maywood Board of Trustees voted unanimously to consider authorizing village staff to demolish 12 vacant properties that village officials have deemed unsalvageable and threats to public safety. The board is likely to approve the measure at its next regular meeting on March 7.

Most of the vacant properties are single-family homes. One property is a former auto repair shop located at 1142 S. 17th Ave. Village officials said that the owners of the properties have been unresponsive to calls to repair the properties.

The village will utilize a process called “fast-track” demolition, which 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 recent memo drafted by the village’s contract law firm, Klein, Thorpe & Jenkins. The board approved the process last July.

Attorneys with KTJ have stated in the past that they “do not generally recommend the use of the fast-track demolition process due to concerns about due process and its general constitutionality,” the memo adds.

There are, however, some exceptions in which the legal risk of using fast-track demolition  is relatively small and the process is appropriate; particularly, in cases where the owners of properties that are “demonstrably dangerous or unsafe” appear to have abandoned them.

“These properties have been an eyesore and create an immediate danger,” said Assistant Village Manager David Myers during Wednesday’s LLOC meeting.

Myers said that the village has budgeted $15,000 for demolitions and was recently awarded $75,000 in grant money to use for demolitions. In addition, Myers said, Cook County will assist during the demolition of the 12 selected properties.

Myers added that the first priority of village staff with respect to vacant and abandoned properties is to determine whether or not the properties can be salvaged and, ultimately, restored. In the case of the 12 listed for demolition, he said, that wasn’t a possibility. Myers said the village had tried contacting owners and had spent money maintain the properties.

The fast-track process requires the village to notify the owners that the properties need repairing. That notification is then followed up by a letter to each owner warning them that, if they don’t repair the properties, then the structures will face demolition. The owners have 30 days to respond and, if they don’t respond with that time, the village has 120 days to demolish the properties, Myers explained.

Myers added that there are more properties throughout the village that could probably be subject to fast-track demolition in the future.

The board voted 4-0 to move the matter to the next regular board meeting to put the authorization of the fast-track process to a binding vote. Trustees Antonette Dorris, Michael Rogers and Ron Rivers were absent.

Maywood properties scheduled for fast-track demolition 

1304 S. 21st Ave. 

2108 S. 8th Ave. 

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440 S. 14th Ave.

1205 S. 16th Ave. 

1242 S. 16th Ave.

1142 S. 17th Ave. 

1817 S. 20th Ave. 

419 S. 21st Ave. 

1248 S. 21st Ave.

1420 S. 21st Ave.

1821 S. 21st Ave. 

1825 S. 22nd Ave. 

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