Village offers two vaccination sites

The memorandums of understanding between Franklin County Public Health and the Village of Malone will allow for use of the village parking lots at the Malone Civic Center on State Street and at the village’s Department of Public Works building on College Avenue, if needed. Alexander Violo/Malone Telegram

MALONE — The Malone Village Board of Trustees went over two memorandums of understanding with Franklin County Public Health over potential points of distribution for COVID-19 vaccines during a meeting Monday evening.

The memorandums of understanding allow for use of the village parking lot at the Malone Civic Center on State Street and the parking area at the village’s Department of Public Works building on College Avenue, if needed.

According to Mayor Andrea Dumas, this will allow Franklin County Public Health to set up PODS or points of distribution stations for the vaccine and allow for overflow parking on village property.

“It is for their use if they decide to set up a vaccination station, or need it for an emergency,” Dumas said. “If they need extra space to put up PODS in the community, we have that option.”

Dumas said the arrangement did not require a resolution because there is already a shared service plan between the village and Franklin County.

On Friday the state announced the authorization of thousands of additional providers, including networks of doctors, county health departments, ambulatory and urgent care centers, and pharmacies to hasten vaccinating New Yorkers.

About 430,000 unused vaccine dosages remained to be distributed Friday among the state’s nearly 200 hospitals.

New York state opened up its Phase 1B rollout of COVID-19 vaccines Monday, giving a larger number of people a chance to schedule appointments to receive their first doses.

Dumas updated the board of trustees on damage to the village’s sledding hill by the Malone Civic Center and Malone Village Memorial Park.

Dumas said the damage occurred when a vehicle was driven up and down the hill.

“A group of individuals vandalized the sledding hill. The community developed this sledding hill for everybody,” Dumas said. “For someone to vandalize it is really disturbing.”

Dumas said a group of students helped to open the hill for sledding, as the rec park commission and village look to promote recreational activities at the park during the winter months, including ice skating and snowshoeing.

“We are trying to get outdoor activities going and for someone to go and destroy it is upsetting,” Dumas said, adding this is not the first time someone has driven up and down the sledding hill with a vehicle recently.

Chief Christopher Premo of Malone Village Police said his department is aware of the vehicle and individual who damaged the recreational area.

“You try to do something nice and some individuals have to ruin it,” Premo said.

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