Thursday, July 9, 2020 || By Michael Romain || @maywoodnews
The village of Maywood will resume regular operations on July 13, several months after the COVID-19 pandemic forced officials to close Village Hall, 40 Madison St., to the public and put a pause on many other functions.
The village board voted on March 17 to declare a state of emergency designed to contain the spread of COVID-19. With the order came a variety of changes, including the closure of Village Hall and other public facilities, a suspension of municipal court hearings and a temporary moratorium on the issuance of overnight parking tickets and penalties for late water payments, among other measures.
Come Monday, however, most village functions, including all of those mentioned above that were put on pause, will resume.
Norfleet said that staring July 13, Village Hall will be open during its normal weekday operating hours, 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. The village will follow state mandates, which limit the number of people who can congregate within interior spaces at 50. The limit for outside spaces is 100.
When the emergency order was put in place — an action that followed similar measures taken by Gov. J.B Pritzker — the village, consistent with state guidances, limited the number of people who could attend board and commission meetings to 10. Now, with the state entering Phase 4 of its reopening plan, that number has increased to 50.
Norfleet, however, said that he recommends that the village continue to prohibit the rental of public facilities, particularly as the Multipurpose Building, 200 S. 5th Ave. He said, although the decision is ultimately the board’s to make, he’s already communicated with board members his thoughts about rentals.
“Right now, I’m pushing strongly we do not open [the 200 Building] up until at least August — actually, I would really like to wait until September to figure out what has happened in other communities that have opened up their public facilities [for rental purposes],” Norfleet said.
He explained that the move to open the 200 Building to rental requests is too risky and costly, since personnel would need to monitor the number of people inside and conduct routine cleanings, among other precautions that require more man hours.
For more information on the village’s reopening plan, visit maywood-il.org or call Norfleet’s office at: (708) 450-6303.