Palestine’s welcoming gift to Malibu: pavement

EAST PALESTINE — The road that provides access to the Malibu Estates housing development is on this year’s paving project list for what may possibly be the first time.

The housing development along Malibu Drive was put in decades ago but village officials only recently learned that the road was never officially dedicated, meaning it was technically a private road.

The village has maintained the road and the circle at the end of the road over the years, such as patching potholes and other maintenance, but repaving was not done.

Village Manager Pete Monteleone and acting Mayor Alan Cohen both said that they could not find records of Malibu Drive and Malibu Circle ever being dedicated, and Monteleone said that a document he found in the early 2000s indicated that they had not.

Monteleone, Cohen, and other officials agreed the road is in need of repair.

As a result, council gave a first reading to legislation allowing for the dedication of Malibu Drive and Malibu Circle as public streets within the village.

Second and third readings are required before a final vote.

Council also gave a third reading and a vote to advertise for bids for the 2019 paving project, which includes Malibu Drive and Malibu Circle.

Councilman Brett Todd asked what was going to be done about the low water pressure at the housing development and Monteleone said it could be looked into.

Other streets included in the paving project are McClure Avenue, Hamilton Lane, and the alley between McClure and Hamilton; Park Avenue, and the intersection of Park and Brookdale Avenue; Vine Street, Prospect Street, Wallace Avenue, Conner Drive, and Pleasant Drive.

In other business, council also approved:

— The reappointment of Charles Doll to the planning commission and Diana Elzer to the board of zoning appeals.

— The monthly department activity reports for January. Councilman Doug Simpson thanked the police and fire department dispatch for handling 1,622 calls for service during that month alone.

According to the report, officers took seven theft reports, six domestics, six suspicious person or vehicle complaints, two assaults, four animal complaints and six alarm drops. They also performed seven welfare checks and issued three zoning violation notices. There were 46 other reports and seven traffic crashes. Officers also issued 19 traffic or other citations.

The department also received a $2,955.80 contribution from the office of County Prosecuting Attorney Robert Herron for the DARE program.

The police department was also able to provide a $540 donation to Social Concerns. The money was raised through the department’s participation in No Shave November.