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Maywood To Hold Public Meeting On Washington Blvd. Improvements Dec. 6

Saturday, December 1, 2018 || By Community Editor || @maywoodnews 

The village of Maywood will hold a public informational meeting on Washington Boulevard street improvements on Dec. 6, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., at Washington Dual Language Academy, 1111 Washington Blvd. in Maywood.

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Maywood Looks to Make Washington Blvd. Pothole-free by 2020

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Washington Blvd., above | Google Earth || Bottom left: The street during roadway improvements made between 2nd and 9th Ave. in 2015. | File

Saturday, March 4, 2017 || By Michael Romain || @maywoodnews

During a March 1 Legal, License and Ordinance Committee (LLOC) meeting, the Maywood Board of Trustees unanimously voted to direct village staff to apply for a county grant that could be the first step in a last push to finish resurfacing a remaining stretch of Washington Boulevard that’s badly in need of repair by 2020.

That grant preparation and talk of other street improvements are in anticipation of an infusion of federal infrastructure funding that might be available in the future.

Although village officials didn’t go into details about when, or in what specific form, that federal funding would come, local officials nationwide are positioning themselves for a possible infusion of cash in the wake President Donald Trump’s election. During his campaign, the president promised to deliver a $1 trillion dollar infrastructure plan.

According to policy experts and pundits, however, the president hasn’t publicized any details about the plan since taking office. Late last month, the New York Times editorial board wrote that “Republican sources sources told the news organization Axios […] that the White House wouldn’t unveil an infrastructure proposal until 2018.”

Local officials, however, are still taking steps to prepare for federal funding whenever, and however, it comes available.

During the March 1 meeting, Maywood officials said that they plan to seek $200,000 in county grant funds to spend on the design phase of a major Washington Blvd. enhancement project, which would make the project “shovel-ready” in the event that federal funding starts trickling down.

The grant is an aspect of the long-term transportation plan adopted by Cook County — the first in 75 years. After the plan’s adoption, the county’s Department of Transportation and Highways formed an $8.5 million pool of funds that would “cover the cost of planning and feasibility studies, engineering right-of-way acquisition, and construction associated with transportation improvements sponsored by local and regional governments and private partners,” according to the program’s website.

The program, also called Invest in Cook, is designed to help fund improvements that “are consistent with the five priorities” outlined in the county’s transportation plan, including the prioritization of modes of transportation that are alternatives to automobiles and the enhancement of the Cook County region’s “role as North America’s freight capital.”

During the March 1 LLOC meeting, Assistant Village Manager David Myers said that he and his staff attended a workshop on the county grant and an informational session on grant opportunities held recently in Bellwood and sponsored Cook County Commissioner Richard Boykin (1st), whose district encompasses most of Maywood.

Washington Blvd. is under village jurisdiction and is classified as a federal urban route, which means that it qualifies for federal funding. The resurfacing of a portion of the roadway, from 2nd to 9th Avenues, was completed in 2015.

Village officials said that it would cost an additional $3 million to complete the rest of Washington, from 1st to 21st Ave., that still needs to be resurfaced and enhanced. The federal government would pay around $1.2 million of that total. Officials said that they’ve been unsuccessful in prior attempts to secure funding for the much-needed improvements.

Myers said that Washington is a thoroughfare that connects multiple suburbs. One key criteria in the list of qualifications for the county grant is that the proposals benefit the region and not just a single municipality.

Myers added that the possible addition of a bike lane along Washington Blvd. could position the village to receive “extra credits” for being consistent with the county’s transportation priorities for the region, which include making infrastructure more amenable to alternative modes of transportation.

Other roadway priorities 

Myers said that village officials identified two other roadways in Maywood that might qualify for county funds to help pay for capital improvements. The roads — which include 19th Ave., from Oak St. to Madison St.; and Madison St., from First Ave. to the Des Plaines River — represent areas that are among the most concerning for village officials.

“The first thing on my list was Madison, from First to the bridge,” said Myers during last week’s LLOC meeting.

The total cost of that improvement project total more than $730,000, with around $550,000 coming from federal sources, village officials project.

Mark Lucas, an engineer with the village’s contracted firm Hancock Engineering, said that the village could secure a significant portion of funding for the Madison St. improvements from a grant from the North Central Council of Mayors and the Madison St. TIF fund. If the village can secure federal funding, construction on that stretch of road could be completed by next year.

The other problematic stretch of roadway, 19th Ave., from Oak to Madison, would cost over $2 million to fix, according to village officials. The federal government would cover around $1.2 million, with the village chipping in just over $800,000.

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A stretch of 19th Ave. in Maywood. | Google Earth 

Lucas said that 19th Avenue, which is currently designated a local roadway, could qualify as a federal urban route, opening it up to federal funding. The process, however, could take  up to 18 months, he said.

Village officials said that they recommended that Washington Blvd. be considered for the Invest in Cook grant, over the two previously mentioned capital projects, because “a major factor holding the project from proceeding is having a dedicated source of funds to complete it,” Lucas noted in a Feb. 22 memo.

“I am 100 percent on board with the Washington corridor,” said Trustee Isiah Brandon at the March 1 LLOC meeting.

“I think it makes sense,” he said. “It will be a long time coming for that particular area. It goes along with the completion of all those other major corridors like Madison and St. Charles. So many times, I hear people say that you know when you’ve reached Maywood, [while] driving down Washington Blvd because of the potholes you hit. We’re almost there, let’s finish the work.”

Myers said that village officials are currently working on the county grant, the deadline for which is March 15. VFP

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STREET VIEW: 2023 S. 12th Due for Demolition; Abandoned Home at 900 N. 8th; Washington Blvd. Improvements On the Way; More

Screenshot 2014-09-15 at 1.40.38 PMRoadway between 2nd and 6th Avenue on Washington Blvd., which is scheduled for improvements. Google Maps.

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Monday, September 15, 2014 || By Michael Romain || Updated: Tuesday, September 16, 2014, 12:26 PM

2023 S. 12th to be demolished

The Board recently voted to award a bid to demolish a home at 2023 S. 12th Avenue to Impactor P & P, Inc., based in Bloomingdale, Illinois for $31,300.

According to a memo by Acting Village Manager David Myers, the “roof caved in on this property two years ago. The owners was unable to repair the structure. The Village took the owner to court with a number of continuances and received a court order to have the property demolished. The Village solicited bids through the RFP process from demolition companies to remove the structure.”

Myers said that the demolition was becoming more urgent by the day, since asbestos was in the home. He said that the presence of the toxic mineral would complicate the demolition process, thus driving up the cost of demolition.

“There’s a certain way they have to contain it as they move the materials, that’s what drives up the cost,” he said.

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Abandoned home at 900 N. 8th presents problems for nearby residents

Residents recently complained about a home at 900 N. 8th Avenue that has been “abandoned for some time and was broken into recently.” The home is also said to be a breeding ground for rodents, such as raccoon and opossums, living in the garage. It may also house squatters. One resident said that the home was reported to the Village a few weeks ago, but that there has been no change in its exterior condition. The lawns and weeds have only grown since then, the resident said. About a week ago, residents requested that the Village formally declare the home vacant and have it boarded up, but said that they’ve yet to get a response. UPDATE: This house has a prospective buyer. 

$733,802.10 Washington Boulevard Improvement Project may begin soon

At a September 10, LLOC meeting, the Board of Trustees voted to consider awarding a $733,802.10 contract to Triggi Construction, Inc., to complete the Washington Boulevard Improvement Project. The Project comprises “roadway improvements on Washington Boulevard between 2nd Avenue and 6th Avenue,” according to a Hancock Engineering memo. “The work will include the removal and replacement of the curb and gutter, portions of the sidewalks, milling of the existing asphalt surface, pavement patching of the existing pavement base, placement of new asphalt level binder and surface course, landscape restoration, and other appurtenant work.”

The work will be partially funded by $265,000 from Cook County, with the rest coming from the Madison Street TIF and General Funds “as included in the Villages 2014/15 Budget as amended [sic].”

Triggi Construction’s bid, according to the memo, was the “lowest responsive, responsible bid submitted.” It was one among five bids, which included those submitted by J. Nardulli Concrete, Inc., Chicagoland Paving Company, Brothers Asphalt, Inc., and MAT Construction.

The price of salt skyrockets amid forecasts of a wild winter — salt companies eyeing profits

At a September 10, LLOC meeting, public works director John West announced that salt companies have raised the price of winter salt for the upcoming season. Whereas last year, Maywood paid Morton $53/ton for salt, this year, the state bid price for road salt is $134/ton — a nearly 153 percent increase. West said that his department has identified a supplier named Chemical Equipment Labs based in Philadelphia, PA, that is willing to supply 23,000 to 25,000 tons of salt at approximately $100/ton. However, since the Village alone cannot handle that capacity, West said that he’s actively putting together a coalition of other public works directors so that they can split the costs and the supply of the salt.

West noted that the Village’s salt dome behind the public works building at 40 Madison can hold about 3,500 tons of salt maximum. He said that if the old salt dome at 2nd and Wilcox were cleaned up, the capacity would increase to a little more than 1,500 tons.

“We’re just talking to neighboring groups to come up with a collaborative,” West said. “Maywood was in the position last year to help other towns with salt, but we’re just making sure our residents are taken care of first.”

Mayor Edwenna Perkins noted that the Village of Maywood is set to receive $117,000 as part of a state program to subsidize the purchase of salt for municipalities through the gas tax. VFP