BRIEFLY: 2016 Bulk Pickup Schedule | Maywood Firefighter Lands $51K Grant | 105-year-old Gets Her Own Day | Police, Fire Commissioners Get Pay Raise

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Firefighter Karen Ross, pictured in 2014. Below, Ross with Maywood Fire Chief Craig Bronaugh at a board meeting earlier this year. | Photos submitted
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Saturday, October 1, 2016 || By COMMUNITY EDITOR || @maywoodnews

Maywood firefighter and EMT Karen Ross was commended during a village board meeting last week by Maywood Fire Chief Craig Bronaugh for her work in securing a $51,000 grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

The money will allow the department to upgrade its handheld radios, Bronaugh said during the Sept. 28 meeting.

“Emergency or non-emergency, whether at a fire scene or otherwise, the significance of being able to effectively communicate with either fire supervisors or fellow personnel can never be overstated,” he said.

Bronaugh said the $51,000 award is just Ross’s latest coup. The chief said Ross has helped the cash-strapped department secure a total of over $100,000 in alternative funding sources.

Sept. 20 officially Susie Lewis Day

Susie Lewis, a 105-year-old Maywood resident, now has her own day. Earlier this month, the Maywood Board of Trustees voted to make Sept. 20 Susie Lewis Day in Maywood.

Fall cleanup schedule released 


The Village of Maywood & Republic Services will conduct a Village Clean Up throughout the month of October & November. Large bulky household items and junk are acceptable. Smaller, loose items must be in containers or tied and bundled.

Household hazardous waste will NOT be accepted. Please have your discarded items at your garbage pick-up point on Wednesday morning of the week Republic is in your neighborhood:

  • Oct. 5 | Roosevelt north to I-290; 1st Ave. west to 25th Ave.
  • Oct. 12 | I-290 north to Madison; Greenwood west to 21st Ave.
  • Oct. 26 | Madison north to Railroad; 1st Ave. west to 21st Ave.
  • Nov.  2 | Main Street north to Village limits; Desplaines west to 9th Ave.

“Anything placed out there, the garbage company will get with the exception of televisions,” Maywood Public Works Director John West said. If residents seek to throw out paint, it must be hardened. You can pick up a paint hardener packet at Braun’s Paint Co., 807 S. 5th Ave.

Maywood Board of Police and Fire Commissioners get pay raise, possibly longer terms

After voting 5 – 2 to increase the pay for members of the village’s Board of Police and Fire Commissioners from $100 per meeting to $150 per meeting  (with Trustee Isiah Brandon and Mayor Edwenna Perkins voting against the measure), the Maywood Board of Trustees is now poised to lengthen the term of each commissioner from one year to three years.

Gloria Clay, the police and fire board’s secretary, will receive $200 per meeting, $50 more than she was receiving before. The police and fire commission is the only one of the village’s more than a dozen commissions or committees in which members are paid.

Police and fire commission members say the pay increase should be more, considering how much time and energy they put into their work. The mayor, however, blasted some members of the commission for overstaying their one-year terms. Perkins also said that if some commission members feel the pay isn’t sufficient, they shouldn’t be on the commission.

The police and fire commission is responsible for recruiting, selecting and appointing qualified candidates to be hired as police officers and firefighters/paramedics, and conducting disciplinary hearings, among other functions. VFP 

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