This is a new weekly column authored by Maywood Mayor Edwenna Perkins for the purpose of allowing citizens the opportunity to hear the Mayor’s perspective on a variety of issues that develop throughout the week. She’ll also be answering questions that residents of Maywood (and elsewhere) may pose from time to time. If you have a question or concern that you’d like the Mayor to address, send it to firstname.lastname@example.org. The views and opinions expressed below are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the positions of The Village Free Press.
I’ve always emphasized how important it is for the residents of Maywood to understand that in order for our Village government to function at its best, you must take ownership of it. The people elected to offices and the employees hired by the Board are ultimately accountable to you. So it is only appropriate that, as an aspect of that accountability, proper channels of communication be setup between the people and their public servants. This column is the result of my commitment to maintaining that line of communication between myself and you–the people whose interests I represent.
In this inaugural edition, I’d like to address the decision recently made by the Maywood Public Library’s Board of Trustees to turn down the loan offered by the Village Board. As many of you may know, I was strongly in favor of supporting the Library during their financial crisis and I still support them in whatever decision they make. The Village Board’s decision to extend a $150,000 loan was a strong indicator of how firmly we stand behind the Library. Indeed, many members of the Board, including myself, have even made personal contributions of our time, energy and resources to the Library in order to ensure that it stays open indefinitely.
If the Library Board is confident that it can remain open without the Village’s intergovernmental loan, I trust its judgment and I urge all Maywoodians to have faith in that decision as well. The Library Board has my vote of confidence.
However, I do want to respond to an assertion made by Library Board President Rose Mosley in a January 27, 2014, article published here. Mrs. Mosley, referencing the process by which the Library would receive the loan disbursements, said that it was her understanding, “that the Mayor had to look at our submission, make a decision and forward it to the finance manager, who would then make a payment.” Although relatively minor, I believe that this point needs correcting.
The intergovernmental loan agreement actually stipulated that each of the Library’s request for loan disbursements be approved by the Finance Director and forwarded by the Village manager to the Village Board for final approval. Mrs. Mosley mistakenly implies that one) initial approval would have been made by me, and two) that final approval would have been left to my sole discretion, instead of the entire Village Board’s approval.
The bottom line, though, is this–whatever decision the Library Board makes, as long as it is for the good of the Library and results in its continued operation, I am in full support of it. Long live the Maywood Public Library.
Mayor Edwenna Perkins
Remember, if you have any questions or issues that you want me to address, let me know. Email them to email@example.com or call my office at (708) 450-4492. I’m only a phone call away! VFP