Streets committee reviews resurfacing plans for 2019

Marietta City Council reviewed plans for the 2019 asphalt resurfacing project during its streets committee meeting Thursday.

The annual project is planned a year out by the city’s engineering department in order to align grant funding and construction planning in time for the next summer’s paving.

Thursday’s meeting was to get the go-ahead to apply for an Ohio Public Works Commission grant to cover 72.3 percent of the anticipated cost of the project, $400,000. The remaining local match dollars to be leveraged include:

∫ $35,000 from local permissive taxes.

∫ $53,232 from the state highway improvements fund.

∫ $35,000 from the city streets fund.

∫ $30,000 from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Community Development Block Grant.

The total project is estimated to cost $5533,232 and include the resurfacing of:

∫ Fourth Street from Putnam to Washington.

∫ Seventh Street from Wooster to Washington.

∫ Washington Street from Ninth Street to Cisler Drive.

∫ Cisler Drive from Washington to Ray.

∫ East Eighth Street from the River Trail to Jefferson Street.

∫ Lancaster Street from Douglas Avenue to Alta Street.

If approved by council this month the grant application to OPWC will be submitted by Aug. 31 with a construction review planned for April of next year to then authorize the bidding process to select a company to complete the work next summer.

Included in these projects every year are upgrade or installation of the disability-accessible curb ramps along each resurfaced route. In this project, 18 ADA curb ramps will be constructed.

The roads’ last major improvements occurred in 1998, according to the application profile to be submitted to OPWC.

Other business

∫ Council also held a special council meeting Thursday to hold the second reading of legislation introduced last week concerning a change in how the city development director’s salary is paid, spreading more of the cost of that department from the city coffers to federal funding.

“It would give relief to the general fund,” Safety-Service Director Jonathan Hupp said concerning the 10 percent change in funding.

“I would request if the development director could keep track of the 10 percent of his schedule that’s coming out of the general fund, what’s getting done so we could review and make changes again in a year,” said Councilwoman Cassidi Shoaf. “Then if we have any concerns with the 10 percent that we’re changing we could address it then.”

Council suspended the third reading of that ordinance and passed the legislation unanimously Thursday.

Council also unanimously approved a historical marker authorization for the corner of Third and Washington streets, authorized the city to install an exhaust removal system in the city’s fire stations and supported a resolution of thanks for the former deputy registrar and public health clerk Beth Tullius who retired on June 29 after serving the city for 32 years.

∫ And in council’s final meeting Thursday, the Lands, Buildings and Parks Committee discussed the demise of the blighted home at 410 Fearing St. in Harmar.

The property was demolished last week as part of the city’s three-house move to remove two burnt out homes and a trailer at Jackson Hill Park.

Hupp requested authorization to sell the Fearing Street leveled land to try and recoup costs of demolition and put that money toward future demolitions.

Councilman Steve Thomas said he was in support of selling the property, but asked that a minimum bid price be available by the time the legislation is introduced next Thursday at council’s next regular session.

Council will next meet at 3:30 Monday in Room 10 of the Armory, 241 Front St., for Finance Committee and then at 4:15 p.m. Monday for Planning, Zoning, Annexation and Housing Committee.