Malvern Village Council approved Ordinance 7-2017, the contract to sell treated water to and establishing the water rate for Colfor Manufacturing, Inc., declaring an emergency at its April 3 regular meeting.
The contract was signed by Mayor Bob DeLong and Colfor Plant Manager Jason Lowe. Village Administrator Marcus Benson commended Village Solicitor Chad Murdock for leading the negotiations.
"Mr. Murdock spearheaded the negotiations and did a great job for us," said Benson. "I know it wasn't 100 percent what we wanted, but I think it worked out well. It is nice to finally have this finished and behind us."
The ordinance states that "Per Ohio R.C. 735.273, the Village establishes the rate for the continued sale of potable, treated water to Colfor of $6 per 1,000 gallons per one month, beginning May 1, 2017 and until April 30, 2019; and after April 30, 2019 the rate will adjust automatically at the same percentage as any increase or decrease in the water rate charged Village residents, provided, however, that at no time will the aggregate percentage price increase(s) be greater than five percent above $6 per 1,000 gallons per one month.
The previous cost was $2.99 per 1,000 gallons.
Benson stated that the villages water meters are working inconsistently and the issue needs addressed to get grants.
"That is a major thing they look at," said Benson. "Some of the meters work, some are way off and some aren't even there anymore."
He said because of the bad meters, it is impossible to tell if the flat rate makes up for the output of water from the plant.
"For example, If you have an elderly couple living in one house, and a six member family beside them, both are charged the same," said Benson. "I can guarantee you the six family household clearly used more. I recommend looking into this if you want grant funding."
In other business, council:
HEARD from citizen Dick Ferguson who asked about potholes in alleys between first and second street. Superintendent of Village Services Steve Felton acknowledged the village is aware and plans to fix them.
"The weather has not been cooperating with us," said Felton. "I don't like to drag holes before it rains because it only results in a huge mudhole. We have the new drag box and plan to work on the potholes in the alleys once the weather is on our side."
Ferguson received permission from council to ask the boy scouts to assist in picking up limbs that are down in the Malvern Village Park. He stated the American Legion 375 flag pole broke and as a result the American Flag had to come down. It will fly once again after receiving a part that was ordered.
LEARNED Felton plans to spray for mosquitoes in the village on April 14, at approximately 9:30 p.m. or 10 p.m. weather permitting. He stated the idea was to kill the adult insects before they breed.
HEARD park board established June 10 as the Old Fashioned Day event at the park from noon-6 p.m. There will be an ice cream social and the board is currently arranging to have bands perform throughout the day.
The park board is hosting the community yard sale set for July 29 at the park, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Cost is $5 per table.
APPROVED Honey Dew Construction to fix the Malvern Village Hall roof for the $400 estimate and to meet village requirements. This is to fix wind damage done to the roof.
Council approved Bowman Tree Service to cut overhanging trees at the park, take down an antennae and help replace a light hanging over the creek by the bridge in town for no more than $600. Also approved was carpet for the office room at Village Hall not to exceed $600.
HEARD Benson's suggestions to better update the website with ordinances and other information. Benson suggests council consider putting a sign with contact information in the park to assist those who would like to rent the facilities.
SIGNED by DeLong a proclamation declaring May as Motorcycle Awareness month in Malvern.
APPROVED resolution 2017-3 declaring Mark Shoemaker to fill the position of seasonal laborer in the service department for $9 an hour at no more than 30 hours per week; resolution 2017-4 declaring Linda Clapper to fill employment of seasonal laborer at a rate of $9 an hour and no more than 20 hours per week; and second reading of ordinance employing and setting the terms for Fiscal Officer Ashley Ring.
Approved was an ordinance amending Article IX, Section 9.3 Insurance, in the Village of Malvern Personnel Policies and Procedures, which statest "At this time, the village does not provide medical or life insurance to any employees. Council for the Village may provide insurance coverage for certain employees in the future."
PAID village bills from the appropriate funds for $15,674.12 in vendor invoices, pre-approved by the Finance Committee April 3; plus $7,810.65 pre-approved by the Finance Committee and paid April 6.
The next regular council meeting will be held Monday, April 17, 7 p.m. at Village Hall.