Tag: Maywood Public Works

After Last Month’s Blizzard, Maywood Snow Complaints Pile Up

Sunday, December 9, 2018 || By Michael Romain || @maywoodnews 

During a regular board meeting on Dec. 4, Maywood Public Works Director John West addressed some complaints regarding snow-plowing that residents and non-residents alike fielded after last month’s blizzard dumped at least four inches of snow on the village. 

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Water Main Break Leaves Some Maywood Residents Without Water

Monday, October 29, 2018 || By Michael Romain || @maywoodnews  

Featured image: Maywood public works employees repair a broken water main on Monday. | VFP 

A water main break has left some residents in Maywood without water. Maywood public works employees are currently working on the break, which happened on the 1000 block of South 2nd Avenue in Maywood.

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LETTERS: Maywood’s Unprofessional Snow Removal Reflects Its Approach to Governance

THE OPINION PAGE

Tuesday, February 3, 2015 || By John Yi 

The village’s unprofessional snow removal methods include dumping snow back onto freshly cleared walkways and alleyways

To My Good Neighbors

Thank you to good neighbors – responsible and considerate citizens – who diligently clear snow from not only your own walkways, but also the public walkways and driveways and alleyways. My appreciation especially goes out of those cleaning areas whose passability will serve no personal benefit to themselves – sometimes long stretches of pavement cleared for the benefit of others.

I grew up in a community where physically able neighbors came to the aid of those who were not able, and people kept up their properties because of personal pride, for improved property values, to keep up appearances and just so they would never be in danger of ever being labeled “the bad neighbor.”  So I recall only seven years ago when I moved to Maywood. After the first and subsequent snowfalls, I was appalled by how many people DID NOT bother to clear walkways of snow in front of their homes. Recently, I was filled with pride for my neighbors as I drove up the street and noticed the gradual yet certain and dramatic change. On block after block, all but one or two of my neighbors had not yet cleared their snow! Neighbors were shoveling the street! Neighbors were helping those who can’t do it alone. Neighbors were taking care of each other. And this after another ENORMOUS snowfall!

Yet, I also noticed something which has not changed at all; Village snow plows continue to push dense driven snow from the street back onto otherwise clean driveways, and throw heavy snow back onto some public walkways which have already been cleared. This is occurring regardless of whether 3″ or 20″ of snow falls.

Perhaps I’m alone in this concern, but I have given feedback to our Public Works Department at least once a year for at least the last 5 years, and I have yet to see a change. The current practice is unprofessional, inconsiderate, and downright un-neighborly! Furthermore, I’m quite certain that this type of public service is unacceptable in all but the most lowly municipalities.  I request that you ask yourselves, “Is Maywood one of those undesirable municipalities? Do Maywood citizens deserve less? Are they not worthy of professional and competent municipal services?”

Please let your honest answers to these fundamental questions reveal the fitfulness of those who lead us, manage, and serve our vilage, and may your answers direct your course of action not only on election days, but every day.

With all the dysfunctions within our schools, parks, and government, with violent crime, drug and alcohol abuse, broken families, and excessive property taxes, and with all the telltale signs of economic blight and underdevelopment (you name it; we’ve got it), etc., one might be tempted to say, “Who cares about the snow removal?” Well, I’d like to suggest that these seemingly small things expose the kinds of  “business as usual” paradigms which undermine sincere efforts for real change and transformation.

Many are good at pointing their finger; but who will take responsibility? I look around my neighborhood, and I see many who have put up their hand to say, “I will!” and “I do!”

Thank you, neighbors.

Respectfully,

John Yi

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