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Malvern council entertains proposals by health department and ambulance district

By THOMAS CLAPPER tclapper@the-review.com Published: June 22, 2017 12:00 AM

Malvern Village Council spent the majority of its June 19 meeting hearing pitches from The Carroll County Health Department and the Quad Ambulance District.

Caitlin Mathews and Tina Marini of the Carroll County Health Dept. approached Malvern Village Council about the possibility of adding tobacco free areas to keep second hand smoke away from the youth. Mathews stated recent studies have shown 22 percent youth in Carroll County try cigarettes and tobacco. She also stated the health department will provide signage and receptacles free of charge.

"I think there is no stopping people with signs," said Mayor Bob DeLong. "There are no police to enforce these areas and we can't stop it."

"Signs are not going to stop everyone but if it stops just one then it will be a success," said Mathews. "Baby steps are the beginning of any type of change. I think it would show the community of Malvern that you care."

"You can put up all the signs you want but if parents smoke, the kids are going to smoke too," said Councilwoman Eunice Thompson.

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"I don't know what it would hurt," commented Councilman Tom Holmes.

The discussion of where designated areas would be placed and the logistics were to be discussed at a later date. Council thanked the ladies for the presentation and stated they would discuss this further and get back to them at a later date.

Next up was Chief Steven VanMeter of the Quad Ambulance District. Great Trail Fire District Chief Ralph Castellucci also attended the meeting with VanMeter to offer support.

VanMeter stated they would like to ultimately provide a full-time ambulance staff, seven days a week, 24 hours a day in Malvern.

"Ralph (Castellucci) and I are frustrated with what is happening here," said VanMeter. "The end goal would be to eventually merge B&M Ambulance District and Quad Ambulance District to provide permanent continuous staffing at the station in Malvern. This would be a good fit because there is a usable station in town that is only about eight years old and it sits empty."

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VanMeter stated that this is early in the process and something they would like Malvern council and Brown Township Trustees to consider. Two levies would be required for operating and staffing. He added Minerva's Sandy Creek Joint Fire District Chief Aaron Stoller expressed interest in helping to establish a permanent area in Malvern if this were to come to pass.

"We are not a private, for profit ambulance company," said VanMeter. "Our main priority is to improve the quality of life for district residents."

Malvern Village Council and Mayor Bob DeLong stated they will read the letter of intent to provide a proposal provided to them in a packet of information by the Quad Ambulance District.

In the business, council:

HEARD of new insurance information from Account Executive Joel Bender of Whitaker Myers Insurance Group. He informed council of a $146 increase in premiums and presented a package of coverage. He informed council that they have $300 to use on training or registration and also certain items needed to assist Village Administrator Marcus Benson and village services including street department.

APPROVED street department to purchase 25 tons of gravel not to exceed $375. Also reported was that the street sweeping was done. The sweeper would like to do this two times a year now instead of once because dirt and grime accumulates too much with only one sweep. Benson explained he agrees because the sweeper would be able to cover more ground if he didn't have to spend so much time on one spot.

HEARD movie night will begin Friday, June 23, 8:30 p.m. with the additional dates July 21 and Aug. 18. There will be a free will offering to help with expenses. Pop and water is donated by Woods' Grocery and Marathon. Concessions will be available at a cost. The council story in the June 15 edition of The News Leader mistakenly stated June 16 as the date. The actual movie night will be this Friday, June 23 and the movie will be the family movie "Sing."

HEARD Fiscal Officer stated in a written report that the village website and a new link was created. Work is continuing on improving the website with ordinances and more information.

HEARD Councilman Holmes reported that he has heard reports of kids speeding through the Village Park in cars after dark. Mayor DeLong has seen cars and Holmes has seen the tire tracks by the weight lifting building. Council cautions these individuals against continuing this.

HEARD third reading of the Junk Car Removal ordinance 12-2017. Ordinance was voted and adopted.

PAID the village bills from the appropriate funds for $9,055.62 in vendor invoices plus $8,403.49 in payroll.

The next regular council meeting date will be at at a special date Wednesday, July 5, 7 p.m.


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