Council authorizes engineering plans

Marietta City Council met Thursday to authorize the launch of engineering plans for both new water lines and new asphalt on Harmar Hill.

The focus of the 2019 project is Lancaster and Alta streets, and council authorized city administration to contract with WSP USA to design the project.

“They’re starting the design work already,” said Councilwoman Kathy Downer. “This is a long-awaited much needed project to replace water lines, address drainage issues and the curbs, some sidewalks and the roads next year.”

Council also put in place the funds for additional right of way work to be completed by WSP USA for the project Thursday not originally a part of the bid. The additional change order funds authorized additional work for a total of $46,838 out of the Water Revenue Fund.

“This is a little piece of the right of way work that needs to be obtained,” explained Downer.

Council also authorized a transfer from the Armory Community Foundation Fund to the Armory Cultural Facility Gym renovation.

“The biggest one is the $57,100 that is in place so that when the bills come in upstairs the auditor can pay it as the checks come in with the school system; it’s kind of a wash,” said Councilman Mike Scales.

Council will next meet next week for the following meetings:

¯ Monday: Lands, Buildings and Parks Committee at Gold Star Park, 4:30 p.m.

¯ Tuesday: Special Utilities Committee in room 10 of the Armory, 241 Front Street, 4:15 p.m.; Water and Sewer Committee immediately following at 5 p.m.

¯ Wednesday: Streets Committee in room 10 of the Armory, 4:15 p.m.