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By Mark Hebert

Malta City Council hears from Sheriff Lytle, cardboard issues


January 16, 2019

If you noticed the cardboard corral behind Malta Opportunities Inc. busting at the seams the last cou-ple of weeks, the culprit behind the huge pile was a downed motor at the bailing shop at the Old Air-port in Malta and Malta Public Works Director Jim Truelove said the operation should be back up and running by the time this story is printed.

During Director Truelove’s report at last week’s Malta City Council meeting, he said the old motor burned out just in time for the holidays and added that he doesn’t believe the bailer in use by MOI at the Old Airport is being produced anymore and later in the meeting Malta Mayor John Demarais said he had located a another bailer locally and the City of Malta is thinking of purchasing it as a back-up.

In other Public Works news, Director Truelove said the Heritage Manor Lift Station is inoperable and ever component in the building has failed. The pump is being pumped by hand until the new motor arrives and is installed. The pump station was installed in the late 1960’s or early 1970’s.

In his last bit of Public Works information, Director Truelove said that the new “Rooted in” banners have been installed around town with new brackets which will remain on the poles around the City of Malta to be used for years to come to also hold the Christmas decorations. A story about the new banners — purchased to promote the towns of Phillips County – are the brainchild of the Malta Chamber of Commerce, the Malta Merchants, and PhillCo Economic Growth Council.

Phillips County Sheriff Jerry Lytle presented the Malta City Council with his office’s 2018 wrap-up report and informed the council that last year the Sheriff’s Office had a total of 293 new cases started in the county, issued a total of 293 citations county-wide. Sheriff Lytle also said the Sheriff’s Office is going to start being more aggressive with motorist who speed in Malta (especially near the schools) as well as being more aggressive with illicit drugs in the county.

“A lot of the people we deal with don’t have any money, but they have time” Sheriff Lytle said. “People can make more money, but they can’t make more time. If you start taking people’s freedom away and make them sit in jail …I think we can put a big dent in this drug problem.”


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