Maywood Board May Start Meeting Less Often

Monday, August 14, 2017 || By Michael Romain || @maywoodnews || Photo: Getty Images 

The Maywood Board of Trustees is expected to approve a motion to decrease the number of times it meets from four times a month, (or once a week), to twice a month.

This would effectively mean that the Legal, License and Ordinance Committee (LLOC) meetings that were held twice a month will now only be held when they’re necessary.

According to an Aug. 10 memo drafted by the village’s contracted law firm, Klein, Thorpe & Jenkins, the LLOC, which is a committee comprising all of the board members, will hold meetings on an ‘on-call’ basis as needed.”

During an interview last month, Maywood Village Manager Willie Norfleet said that the revamped meeting arrangement could actually translate into more board decisions being made.

And during an LLOC meeting on Aug. 9, Trustee Isiah Brandon,  who requested that the item be placed on the agenda for that night’s meeting, said that the move would free up time for more meaningful interactions.

“I believe that there needs to be a shift back to the old scheduling system the village was accustomed to,” said Brandon. “From my research, we’re the only town in the area that has a meeting every single week. I believe we can use that additional time to connect with constituents and to make it to the other meetings that are happening in the community.”

The board voted unanimously on Aug. 9 to move the motion to a regular meeting on Aug. 15, where final approval for the motion is likely to be voted on. VFP

4 thoughts on “Maywood Board May Start Meeting Less Often

    1. I agree, being transparent is the key to people knowing what happen in town. The meetings inform us, but what need to be cut out is the close executive sessions, where votes is made. The people vote on stuff behind close doors, that they promise to the people that was totally against. This is a coward act, because it’s done behind close doors. We need to put the blame on the correct people that votes for economics unstableness, just watch the money an you will get your answers.

  1. If you think that’s bad, just wait now that we are under federal law. The people leading this town are blinded to the damages they do. Being a village meant that we govern ourselves,with out federal interferance look it up,well the trustees just voted to be the feds little bitches. Only the mayor resisted the change of power. So much for the struggles of the people in the past, so much for Maywood being a safe Haven of the underground railroad. Money is a blindfold to most. Money just bought the right to arrest any one in Maywood with out reason, and without probable cause, for extended periods of time. How stupid !!!

  2. As awful as it may be, there is not a lot that the board does or decides to do or not do, that is actually witnessed by the public. Go to any LLOC meeting and observe the time that is wasted “debating” issues … squabble, squabble, squabble. And things get pushed forward and forward and forward. Nothing gets done or it gets done in “Executive Session”. Is Maywood administration transparent? Hell, no, they aren’t. But eventually the poop will rise to the surface and we’ll all smell the stink. So I don’t see what the difference in having fewer meetings will make. Same poop, different meeting.

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