Tag: Michael Jurusik

Maywood Separates Top Position, Could Seek To Hire New Asst. Manager

Wednesday, February 14, 2018 || By Michael Romain || @maywoodnews 

Featured image: David Myers, third from left (holding papers), after a meeting in Maywood two years ago. | File 

During a Feb. 6 regular board meeting, the Maywood Board of Trustees voted 6 to 0 in favor of an ordinance that separates the positions of assistant village manager and director of community development. Trustee Ron Rivers was absent from the meeting.

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Maywood Board Brings Back Finance Committee After Years Of Inactivity

Tuesday, February 13, 2018 || By Michael Romain || @maywoodnews 

During a Feb. 6 regular meeting, the Maywood Board of Trustees unanimously decided to reactivate the board’s finance committee, which has been dormant since Mayor Edwenna Perkins took office in 2013. Maywood trustee Ron Rivers was absent.

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Maywood, Broadview To Establish New Emergency Communication System

Thursday, January 25, 2018 || Michael Romain || @maywoodnews 

Featured image: A cellphone showing the 911 emergency number. | Kativ/Getty Images 

The villages of Maywood and Broadview have entered into an intergovernmental agreement (IGA) establishing a consolidated 911 dispatch system and communication center.

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Maywood Approves New Police Contract

Wednesday, December 6, 2017 || By Michael Romain || @maywoodnews 

Maywood village officials are counting a new police contract that they approved unanimously during a Dec. 6 regular board meeting as a significant achievement that could save the village money in the future.

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Maywood Officials Say Mayor, Trustee Improperly Applied for $10K Grant

Wednesday, August 9, 2017 || By Michael Romain || @maywoodnews

Last month, the Maywood Board of Trustees voted unanimously to accept a $10,000 restorative justice capacity building grant from Cook County, but the board’s approval of the funds didn’t come without a lengthy, sometimes tense, debate about whether or not the money was secured appropriately.

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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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Maywood, Bellwood Opt-Out of Cook County Minimum Wage Law

Screen Shot 2017-05-21 at 4.36.06 PMFight for 15 photoFast food workers with Fight for 15 and the SEIU during a demonstration. | Wikipedia 

Tuesday, May 23, 2017 || By Michael Romain || @maywoodnews

At a May 16 regular meeting, the Maywood Board of Trustees voted unanimously on an ordinance that would effectively exempt private employers in the village from ordinances passed last October by the Cook County Board of Commissioners that would increase the minimum wage and establish earned sick leave for employees.

Under the county’s minimum wage law, private employers would be required to pay employees $10 an hour starting July 1, 2017. The current minimum wage in Illinois is $8.25 an hour.

The minimum wage in Cook County would then increase by $1 each year through 2020. On July 1, 2021 and each July afterwards, the minimum wage will increase by the rate of inflation up to 2.5 percent. If unemployment is over 8.5 percent, however, there will be no increase.

At a May 10 Legal, License and Ordinance Committee meeting where the matter was discussed, Maywood attorney Michael Jurusik said that the county’s minimum wage ordinance creates an “uneven playing field for employers and employees inside and outside of Cook County.”

Many home rule municipalities have opted-out of the county’s minimum wage law, creating an uneven patchwork of wage levels across the county. In addition, Jurusik said, the wage law also creates an uneven playing field between counties.

“The communities that are opting out want the state to address this in order to create an even playing field,” Jurusik said, before explaining that he wasn’t recommending a particular course of action for the village to take on the matter.

“When a community opts out, it creates an uneven playing field not only for employers but for employees,” he said. “You can have people in [neighboring] communities working the same job and getting different wages. That’s in Cook County. If you’re next to, say, DuPage County, you can have a scenario with three different sets of rules.

“Cook County took a step forward and raised the bar and I applaud them for that, but they’ve created now a patchwork of communities opting out, which [those communities] have a constitutional right to do.”

So far, Jurusik said, at least 13 other villages in Cook County have opted out, including Bellwood (which opted out in March), River Forest and Elmwood Park. Jurusik said he didn’t find any indication that Broadview, Forest Park or Melrose Park had opted out yet. The county’s minimum wage law doesn’t apply to public employers like municipalities, Jurusik said.

Currently, Springfield is working on a proposed minimum wage law, called HB 198, which would raise the minimum wage for both private and public employers across the state from its current level to $9 on January 1, 2018. The minimum wage would then increase to $10, $11.25, $13 and $15 each subsequent year until 2022.

Maywood Minimum Wage Chart

As of April 28, HB 198 had been referred to the House Rules Committee. State Rep. Emanuel “Chris” Welch (7th), whose district encompasses Maywood, Bellwood, Broadview and other western suburbs, is listed as a co-sponsor of the proposed legislation.

“If House Bill 198 is enacted, it would provide a uniform minimum wage applicable to all Illinois employers and employees, as opposed to the Cook County Ordinance, which only applies to private employers within Cook County, and not public employers, like the Village,” Jurusik stated in a May 2 memo.

Jurusik stated that the county’s ordinance “may have been intended to push the state to establish a higher state-wide minimum wage.” VFP

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