Council to discuss river access issue

Marietta City Council took no action Thursday at its regular session but Councilman Tom Vukovic did preview a coming request to be discussed next week about river access.

“Since I have been on council, I have fought for the public’s access to the rivers,” said Vukovic. “The open riverbank is the major attraction to this city because you can access the rivers, look at Lake Erie, you can’t access it and you can’t walk around it because it’s all private docks and properties blocking you.”

Vukovic hopes to make the western bank of the Muskingum River a designated city park from the Marietta High School boathouse to Westview Avenue.

“That keeps it for future generations and officially blocks squatters from dropping a dock on public lands,” said Vukovic.

Council’s Lands, Buildings and Parks Committee will meet jointly with Streets Committee Tuesday to discuss the issue at 4:15 p.m. in Room 10 of the Armory located at 241 Front St.

Safety-Service Director Jonathan Hupp also invited all present to support the city’s K-9 unit Saturday by eating pancakes at Applebees between 8:30 and 10:30 a.m.

“The Fraternal Order of Police, Pioneer City Lodge 12 will be hosting an Applebee’s pancake breakfast Saturday and all proceeds will be donated to the Marietta Police Department’s K-9 program to support training, vaccinations, checkups, food and other K-9 essential needs,” said Hupp. “I would invite you all to come out and spend $5 and have pancakes.”

Also, Hupp mentioned donations coming for the unit through the Marine Corps League Sgt. Bob O’Malley Detachment 1436, We Love Pets and Anytime Fitness.

Those donations will be discussed in further detail by council’s Police and Fire Committee Monday at 4:30 p.m. prior to a discussion on the city’s residential rental housing registry at 5 p.m. in the Armory.