At its April 17 regular meeting, Malvern Village Council discussed the recent occurrences of door to door salesmen seen in Malvern the last couple of weeks.
"Solicitors have to get a permit to do this," said Mayor Bob DeLong. "You can not just go door to door selling stuff like that without a permit."
DeLong, Village Administrator Marcus Benson and some council members all confronted the salesmen at different points when they were spotted in town.
DeLong explained an instance where he approached one of the salesman who told him that they do not need a permit. "I told them that I was the mayor and they do need a permit," said DeLong. "They called their partner who was down the road and they took off and left town."
"A salesman told me since I was not the police then they were not going to leave," said Benson. "I reported them to the Carroll County Sheriff. Hopefully the sheriff's department will let other areas know that these guys are going around trying to sell things with no permits."
In other business, council:
APPROVED Superintendent of Village Services Steve Felton to purchase 20 tons of sand to fill the volleyball pit in the park not to exceed $300. Also approved was the motion to purchase two volleyball nets if possible not to exceed $300. If it exceeds $300 for two nets then one net will be purchased.
Also approved for the service department is a motion for Felton, assistant Jamie Shoemaker, Benson and seasonal help Mark Shoemaker to get poison ivy shots for no more than $200.
DeLong complimented the street department on its alley work. "Nice job on the alleys," said DeLong. "They are getting there."
HEARD Fiscal Officer Ashley Ring has been working on many items discussed previously including the one year audit, credit card machines, and direct deposits. In regards to the village website, council gave its blessing for Ring to look around for new computer specialists who can help with the website. She and Benson both have possible leads they will follow up on.
Ring also mentioned Verizon has been cancelled and they do not want their phones back. Councilwoman Kathy Ritter stated Carroll Hills School recycles old phones. Ring said she will turn them over to be taken there.
APPROVED donation of $100 to the American Legion to purchase flags.
APPROVED a purchase order of emergency funds of $5,000 that Benson would have access to in the street or water department in case something breaks. Councilwoman Eunice Thompson abstained from the vote.
APPROVED no more than $250 be used for refreshments and gloves for workers during the Village Clean-up Day set for April 29.
HEARD from Village Solicitor Chad Murdock negotiations over Sycamore Road are moving in the right direction with the township. BellStores wants to pursue a type-2 annexation if Sycamore is maintained by the township. Murdock said that he hopes to have things worked out by next meeting the best he can and reiterated that talks are moving in the right direction and the township wants to finally get the Sycamore Road situation resolved as well.
APPROVED first reading of ordinance 9-2017 which requires non-residents and businesses working in the village to register with the village for taxes. Also approved was third reading for seasonal labor, third reading of hiring fiscal officer and second reading of village insurance.
PAID the village bills from the appropriate funds for $10,325.39 in vendor invoices, pre-approved by finance committee 4-17 plus $8,149.25 in payroll pre-approved by the Finance Committee and paid 4-20.
The next meeting is set for May 1, 7 p.m.