Matt Morena joins Malvern council

By Nancy Schaar
FPS Correspondent


Matt Morena

MALVERN – Village council members welcomed Matt Morena to fill the vacant seat on council. Three applicants were interviewed and Morena was chosen for the position.

Morena has lived in Malvern most of his life and says he wants to help to the community he loves.  He and his wife have two children.

“I’m involved with Harrison Hills campground and I enjoy helping there and I wanted to help Malvern too. It’s something I enjoy,” said Morena.

He is a Brown Local Schools bus driver and instructor and works with Burwell Services.

Morena, recently re-elected Mayor Bob DeLong and council members Barb Burgess and Arlene Phillips received the oath of office from Solicitor Chad Murdock.

Two seats remain open on the park board. Anyone willing to serve may contact village hall.

Council is still seeking a person to serve as temporary, part time income tax clerk. Three resumes have been received and interviews will be held soon.

Residents were reminded there is a village ordinance that prohibits any parking on designated streets if more than four inches of snow has fallen.

“It’s tough to do a good job with cars or trucks parked on these streets. The snow ban signs are up. We don’t want to start giving citations or having vehicles towed. But to keep all the residents safe, we will do what we have to do to protect them,” said Administrator Marcus Benson.

Several ordinances were passed on their third reading.  They include:

ORD 21-2017 prohibits golf carts from operating on village streets, alleys, and highways.

ORD 22-2017 adjusts the holiday leave for village employees. Traded were two half days off for a full day off on Veterans Day.

ORD 23-2017 pertains to parking regulations on village streets and alleys. Parking is limited to eight hours at a time. If a vehicle is parked for longer than eight hours, a fine may be set, or the vehicle could be towed. A fine must be paid within 72 hours of the violation and if not, will be directed to court action.

ORD 24-2017 changes the number of feet or inches for buildings, structures, additions, driveways, sidewalks, outbuildings, or swimming pools may be from their property lines.

ORD 1-2018 sets two council meetings per month, to be held on the first and third Monday of each month at 7 p.m. If Monday is a government holiday, the meeting will be held on the following Wednesday, at 7 p.m.

Details regarding each of the ordinances is available at village hall or on the village web site.

In other business council:

– LEARNED furnaces are not working properly in the village garage and heaters are being used.

– RECEIVED another load of 100 tons of salt for snow and ice removal in the village.

– AGREED to get a fleet card from Marathon for the BellStore to be used as a back up resource.