Malvern inks water agreement with Colfor

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By Nancy Schaar
FPS Correspondent

After several years, and several administrators, the village of Malvern finally has a water contract with Colfor Manufacturing.

Colfor has been paying $2.99 per thousand gallons of water while the village has attempted to reach an agreement with them for permanent rates.

Village administrator Marcus Benson told village council during the April 3 meeting, he and village solicitor Chad Murdock successfully worked out the agreement with Jason Lowe, plant manager at Colfor, for a rate of $6 per thousand gallons of water.  The contract will run from May 1, 2017, to April 30, 2019.

Murdock said the rate will adjust automatically the same percentage charged village residents when this contract expires.

Council learned from Fiscal Officer Ashley Ring the 2014-2015 two-year state audit has been completed and paper work is being finalized.  Ring said the state recommends a one-year audit be done for 2016 since the village had a change in fiscal officers.  Council agreed to have the one-year audit done at a cost expected to be between $10,000 and $15,000.  The village will then return to the two-year audit schedule as recommended by the state auditors office.

Kathy Ritter reported for the park committee on plans for the Old Fashioned Days, scheduled June 10 with an ice cream social from noon to six p.m.  A community yard sale will also be held July 29 and tables are available at the park for $5 each from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

In other business council:

– WILL spray for mosquitoes between April 10 and 14, when weather permits.

– READ an ordinance to hire Mark Shoemaker at $9 per hour for no more than 30 hours per week as a seasonal laborer in the service department.

– AGREED to hire Bowman Tree Trimming to trim trees in the village park.

-AGREED to repair village hall roof at an estimated cost of $400.  Damage was sustained during a recent wind storm.

– HELD discussion regarding placing village announcements and documents, available for downloading, on the village web site.

– AGREED to spend up to $600 to make needed repairs to village offices.