Council briefed on North Hills tank painting

Marietta water customers served from the North Hills water tank should experience little to no service problems while the tank is being repainted later this summer.

“We have a pumping system in place so that when the tank is taken out of service it should be barely noticeable for those residents,” Eric Lambert, project manager with the city engineering department, told city council’s water, sewer and sanitation committee Wednesday.

City council recently approved the painting of the North Hills tank as well as a solids contact tank at the water treatment plant for a total cost of $470,000.

Lambert said the solids contact tank will be painted first by American Star Painting, LLC of Marietta and he expects that work to begin around Aug. 1. The North Hills tank project is tentatively slated to begin Sept. 1 and will take about 30 days to complete.


Also on Wednesday, Lambert said Design-Crete of Marietta submitted a low bid of $14,100 to provide brick-stamped concrete for three raised pedestrian crosswalks in the 100 and 200 blocks of Front Street.

“This will include 1,260 square feet of stamped concrete and the sealing of a total 2,050 square feet of crosswalk on Front Street,” he said.

The stamped concrete will replace the current crosswalks that were installed using real bricks during a $515,000 resurfacing and pedestrian safety upgrade project along Front Street in 2009.

Stamped concrete was originally recommended for the crosswalks by the city engineer’s office in 2009, but concerns were expressed by some downtown property owners that the concrete would not look like brickwork, so real bricks were used on the total of seven Front Street crosswalks.

But the brick walks eventually began to loosen and deteriorate, and in 2012 council approved replacement with stamped concrete, beginning with four of the most damaged crosswalks at the intersection of Front and Butler streets. Design-Crete also did that work.

Lambert noted another $929 will be paid to PSI of Vienna, W.Va. to provide testing of the base aggregate that will be installed under the stamped concrete walkways. He said the testing will ensure that the base will be compacted enough to support the concrete.

Work on the three remaining Front Street crosswalks, located at the Greene and Ohio streets intersection and near Mahone Tires in the 100 block, and in front of Armory Square in the 200 block, is tentatively scheduled to begin July 29. Lambert said there will be some closures of Front Street during the construction.

In other business Wednesday, the streets committee members were asked to approve $4,400 to purchase “non-infrastructure” materials for the Safe Routes to Schools Program.

City engineer Joe Tucker said most people are familiar with infrastructure improvements that are funded through the Ohio Department of Transportation Safe Routes to Schools Program.

“But the non-infrastructure portion is an important part of this program that emphasizes safety education,” he said. “And the $4,400 will be 100 percent reimbursed to the city from ODOT.”

The money will be used to purchase crossing guard equipment, bicycle helmets, and design of an educational website that will be hosted by ODOT for a five-year period.