Quick News: Proposed Checkers Restaurant Progressing, New Police Truck Scales, Water and Garbage Rate Increases

Thursday, January 30, 2014 || Michael Romain 

Checkers Restaurant A Step Closer to Completion

At a January 21, regular Board meeting, the Village Board unanimously passed an ordinance “approving special uses for an electronic message board sign and for a drive-thru and additional variations related to a landscape buffer, fence height and signage in a C-3 General Commercial zoning district”–all related to the Checker’s Drive-In to be built at 1718 1st Avenue, the former site of Kentucky Fried Chicken.

Trustee Michael Rogers, an architect by profession, had some concerns about reducing any instances of pest control on the site.

“Can we have the enclosure for the dumpster built out of mason materials? Can the gate we made out of washable material as opposed to wood which harbors bacteria and rots?” he said.

A representative with Vequity, LLC, the real estate investment and development firm that is responsible for the Checkers project, said he and his team would be willing to address those concerns, among others. To read a draft copy of the ordinance, click here.

New Police Truck Scales Anticipated to Bring In Thousands in Added Revenue

This year, the Village Board also approved the purchase of four truck weight scales for a total cost of $5,995. According to a January 15, 2014, Board item report, last year revenue from the police department’s Truck Enforcement unit netted zero dollars due to the fact that the truck scales currently in use were not functional.

“These scales were purchased between 2002-2003, and have been repaired numerous times, as well as calibrated. The cost of repairs for these scales would cost $300-$600 dollars per scale (4 total) depending on the repairs needed. I believe it in the best interest of the Village to purchase new scales. The proposed purchase is with A&A Scales, at the cost of $5,995. The truck enforcement program brings in several thousand dollars per month.”

Mayor Perkins said that the truck scales used to bring in $100,000 a year when they were functional.

“We have a lot of trucks hitting Washington Boulevard, which is really not a truck route. This is money well spent,” said Trustee Audrey Jaycox.

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“I’ve been seeing over-sized trucks coming down side streets,” said Trustee Cheryl Ealey-Cross.

Trustee Ron Rivers said that he’s seen trucks exiting the pallet company on 9th Avenue and St. Charles try to make right turns on 5th Avenue en route to the expressway. “They’ve come so close that they’ve bent the speed limit sign.”

The scales would be placed at four strategic locations throughout the Village. According to Police Chief Talley, the scales, which are portable, would be placed at points between First Avenue and Roosevelt Road.

Waste and Water Rate Increases 

Residents of Maywood should expect to see slight increases in their monthly payments for both water and garbage/waste. An “ordinance amending chapter 50 (Garbage and Waste) section 50.05 (Fees) of the Maywood Village Code relative to the schedule of fees for waste collection,” adopts a monthly rate of $23.06 per “family unit” to Allied Waste for the calendar year of 2014. Residents previously payed a rate of $21.53 a month. That amounts to an increase of $1.53 a month, or $18.36 a year.

Since January 1, 2014, Maywood residents have also experienced an increase in their water bills due to the City of Chicago implementing a 15% increase in the water rate they charge their customers. According to a November 19, 2013, Village Board agenda item report:

“The City of Chicago presently charges us $2.16 per 100 cubic feet. The 15% increase would raise the rate to $2.48 per 100 cubic feet, or an increase of $.32 per 100 cubic feet. Based on 1,270,000 – 100 c.f. units on an annual basis, the cost increase from the City of Chicago would increase Village expenses to operate the water fund by $406,400. It is proposed that the Village’s rate increase from $9.132 per 100 cubic feet to $9.452 per 100 cubic feet to cover the increase from the City of Chicago. This equates to an overall increase of 3.5%.” VFP

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