Council OKs adding parking spaces

The addition of 22 monthly-leased parking spaces in Marietta’s Parking Partners lot will bring another $550 per month into the city coffers, according to legislation adopted by Marietta City Council Thursday.

“If we can increase the number of leased spaces we can increase revenue to maintain the lot,” said Councilman Harley Noland, D-at large, who chairs council’s lands, buildings and parks committee.

Council unanimously approved an amendment to the city ordinance governing monthly parking space rentals at the Parking Partners lot in the 200 block of Second Street to reflect the planned upgrade of leased spaces from the current 125 to 147. The spaces will continue to be rented for $25 per month.

Noland’s committee is also considering the addition of leased spaces in other city parking lots in the near future.

In other business Thursday, council adopted a resolution authorizing Mayor Joe Matthews to apply for Ohio Public Works Commission grant to help fund the 2014 city streets asphalt paving project.

“The application is due (Friday) for a total $540,000,” said Councilman Denver Abicht, D-at large, chairman of council’s streets and transportation committee.

“That funding would include $400,000 from OPWC with a $140,000 match from the city,” he explained. “And $35,000 of the city’s match will come out of our (Community Development Block Grant) funding to be used for installation of (Americans with Disabilities Act-compliant) sidewalk ramps for the handicapped.”

Also on Thursday council approved spending $59,316 for the purchase and installation of three virtual computer servers to replace the city’s current older server system.

“Installation of these servers will save the city a significant amount of money in the future,” said Councilman Tom Vukovic, D-4th Ward, chairman of council’s finance committee.

He said the old servers will be moved to Lookout Park where they can be used as a backup system for the new virtual servers.

Vukovic noted the final price from AlphaLink Technologies of Newark was about $3,000 less than the original estimated cost for the equipment.

Council also approved a request from the Marietta Shrine Club to tap into the city’s water system after the club’s water well recently failed.

Vukovic said the Shrine Club has agreed to annexation of its property on Pennsylvania Avenue by the city, which is a requirement from any property owner who wants to connect to the city water system.

Finally on Thursday Mayor Matthews announced that a health clinic for all area veterans is scheduled from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sept. 14 on the Armory Square lawn in the 200 block of Front Street.

“All veterans are welcome to attend this mobile clinic from Chillicothe that will also include assistance from personnel with our city health department,” he said.