Malvern Village Council passed the first reading of an ordinance declaring junk vehicles a nuisance at its May 15 meeting.
Ordinance 12--2017 declares certain junk vehicles to be a public nuisance subject to penalty and abatement by removal.
"This is an update of an ordinance from the year 2000," said Village Solicitor Chad Murdock. "It includes vehicles on wheels that don't have motors such as campers and trailers."
The ordinance defines a "junk vehicle" as any vehicle that is three years old or older, extensively damaged, such damage including but not limited to, missing wheels or tires, apparently inoperable and had a fair market value of $1,500 or less, which vehicle is left uncovered and in the open on private property for more than 72 hours with or without the permission of the person having the right to the possession of such property, except as excluded under Ohio Revised Code 4513.65 (A), or parked on public property including but not limited to any public right-of-way.
The Village Administrator whom currently is Marcus Benson may send a notice to the person with the junk vehicle by mail. Within 10 days the vehicle shall be covered by being housed in a garage or other suitable structure or removed from the property.
"Basically if Marcus' letter is ignored, he brings it to council on how to move forward," said Murdock. "At a case by case basis."
In other business, the board:
APPROVED Boy Scout Vinnie Reed to set up a "little free library" by the flagpole in the park. This is a box with books where the public can take a book to read and leave a book to read. John Campbell is donating the books to go inside according to Reed.
HEARD from and gave permission John Chiurco from the Malvern Historical Society to remove a cornerstone by the turnaround at the old school. Chiurco said the intention is to display it in the park but stages are early in development.
APPROVED resident Wally Anderson and wife Susan to remove a maple tree in the curb line. Anderson is responsible for anything that could happen because he agreed to remove it at his own cost and labor.
Anderson also was at the meeting on behalf of the Malvern Rotary Club to inform council about plans to set up a Field of Honor behind the Malvern United Methodist Church Education Building. Council agreed to close part of West Main Street, Plain Street and Wood Street. This event will run concurrent with Flite Fest July 12-16.
APPROVED street sweeping by Sky Sweeping at $135 per hour including mobilization not to exceed $1,350 for 10 hours.
PAID village bills from the appropriate funds for $12,975.19 in vendor invoices plus $8,149.25 in payroll, both pre-approved by Finance Committee.