Malvern Village Council is considering tighter restrictions on pavilion rentals due to the conduct displayed during a recent rental. During its Aug. 7 meeting, council members raised concerns about the condition of the park following a recent rental.
A inflatable pool was brought in and filled and trash was scattered around.
"It is unacceptable to bring an inflatable pool," said Councilwoman Kathy Ritter. "Once the party is over, the water just goes all over the grass in the park, making it muddy and wet."
Ritter mentioned trash in the form of messy food such as pasta was also strewn about around a structure. Burwell's Refuse had to be called in by Village Administrator Marcus Benson to control the garbage intake at the park.
"Calling in to get extra trash cans added costs for the village," said Benson. "It also costs overtime pay for Linda Clapper who has done an excellent job keeping the park clean."
In an unrelated matter, the second reading of Ordinances No. 14-2017 and 2017-6 were approved. No. 14-2017 deals with the dissolving of the park board and replacing it with an advisory park board. No. 2017-6 amends the rental policy of reserving a pavilion at Malvern Park, effective Jan. 1, 2018.
In other business, council:
ANNOUNCED the official audit has finally been released. It can be found at www.ohioauditor.gov. Simply highlight the "audits" tab near the top of the screen, and click "search audits" in the drop down menu. Type Malvern and find the latest audit.
APPROVED as an emergency, the motion to authorize Benson to enter into and execute the contract with ODOT to construct a five foot wide sidewalk and lighting on the south side of Coral Road from the new K-12 school campus to Sandy Street and pedestrian signals and crosswalks at the intersection of Reed Avenue and State Route 43.
APPROVED the first reading of Resolution 2017-9 which is a legal service agreement where Village Solicitor Chad Murdock may hire additional counsel if necessary and in the best interest of the village. Murdock explained that he may not have the time to assist Tax Administrator Alana Evans in taking folks to court and so on. A licensed Ohio attorney Aaron Heavner is the attorney who will assist. Heavner will receive the rate of $75 per hour not to exceed $1,500 for the fiscal year.
HEARD the next Malvern Village Park movie night will be held Aug. 18, around 8:30 p.m. 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 movie is set to be "Finding Dory." Ritter mentioned that movie night may consider through the winter, possibly through Damascus Friends Church but nothing is set at this moment.
LEARNED of water leaks that have been patched. The major one at Kidder's trailer park took approximately 15 hours for the village to get under control. Mayor Bob DeLong assisted in bringing workers supper and Councilman Tom Holmes directed traffic.
Holmes stated that Benson, Superintendent of Village Services Steve Felton and his crew went above and beyond what their job entails.
APPROVED for Benson to purchase a chlorinator valve and variable frequency drive for the water plant. Both were failing and important to keep the plant running. Valve cost was approved not to exceed $4,300 and the variable frequency drive not to exceed $7,300.
HEARD last months Regional Planning Committee meeting was cancelled. As a result, council members could not inquire about local properties that have received complaints. The next meeting is Aug. 15.
PAID the village bills from the appropriate funds for $14, 155.78 in vendor invoices plus $9,191.43 in payroll.
The next meeting will be held at a special date on Tuesday, Aug. 22, 7 p.m.