Malvern Village Council addressed some negative public feedback at its Feb. 20 meeting regarding a letter to the editor as well as hearsay.
"We have seen stuff in the newspaper, such as a letter to the editor, and I have heard things from people regarding the raise we have given our Income Tax Administrator (Alana Evans)," said Board President Barb Burgess. "I don't think they understand that we had an ad in the paper for weeks and nobody stepped up."
Burgess noted that the services of the Regional Tax Income Agency would cost five percent of the villages income, which would be a lot more than the pay Evans will receive.
Evans previously turned in her resignation at council's Nov. 7 meeting, which would have been effective Nov. 23. She has since agreed to help on a limited hour basis until a replacement was found. A replacement was never found and Evans agreed to come back for a pay increase.
"The people who are making these comments don't understand the situation," said Burgess. "If you don't want to come to council and say something, then don't be publishing letters and talking behind people's backs. Come to the meetings."
Burgess and Councilwoman Kathy Ritter both noted that Evans is 100 percent worth the money and to bring someone in would cost too much.
At its meeting, council approved Ordinance 2-2017, employing and setting the employment terms for the Income Tax Administrator Alana Evans. Evans was re-employed for 10 hours per week, not to exceed 24 hours in any one week unless pre-approved in writing by the mayor. She will be compensated at $22.50 per hour.
In other business, council:
HELD two twenty-minute executive sessions with no action taken. The first was in regard to sale of property, water to Colfor. Malvern Colfor's Plant Manager Jason Lowe attended the meeting and was called back to the executive session. The second session was to discuss a public employee.
HEARD the auditor has temporarily returned the village park registration book ,but it is not to leave Village Hall. Ritter is the new park board chair and she requests those who are registered to contact and confirm the registered dates at village hall to help with scheduling.
APPROVED the purchase of important parts for the water plant, not to exceed $12,000. Council additionally approved the purchase of a drag box to fix the allies at Royal King or Tractor Supply, not to exceed $700, and decals for the red village dump truck and gray service van, not to exceed $300 at Gordon's Graphics in Malvern. Burgess voted no on the decals.
APPROVED Village Administrator Marcus Benson to sign a $995 insurance claim for water plant fence repairs.
APPROVED to allow the Malvern Community Development Fund to repair the walking track at Malvern Village Park for $897.
"I attended the latest MCDF meeting and we are appreciative that they offered to patch and repair the walking track," said Mayor Bob DeLong. "Thank you."
Carol Brawley, Malvern Community Development Fund president, was at the meeting and accepted the thanks on behalf of the group.
"For 11 years old, the walking track is in good condition and it does not need replaced," said Brawley. "It is the biggest asset we have in town and we want to protect it."
APPROVED resolution 2017-1 declaring Arlene Phllips filled the vacancy on council on Feb. 6; and Ordinance No. 3-2017 which approves the 2017 contract for mowing at the Malvern Park by James A. Lowery.
PAID the village bills from the appropriate funds for $7,372.28 in vendor invoices plus $8,974.35 in pay-roll pre-approved by the Finance Committee and paid Feb. 9, 2017; $8,832.88 in payroll pre-approved by the Finance Committee which is to be paid Feb. 23, 2017 and $2,116.60 in payroll approved by the Finance Committee and will be paid Febl 28, 2017.
The next regular council meeting will be held Monday, March 6, 7 p.m. at Village Hall.