Council OKs bidding on City Hall project

Marietta City Council on Thursday gave final approval to advertise for bids on the estimated $1.6 million interior renovation of the 76-year-old city hall building.

“This is for the long-awaited city hall renovation, a project we’ve all been working toward for some time,” said Councilman Harley Noland, D-at large, chairman of the lands, buildings and parks committee.

Bids are scheduled to be opened for the renovation project on Dec. 6, and construction is slated to begin Dec. 23 of this year.

In other business, council approved a resolution supporting the final proposed budget for the city’s 2014 Community Development Block Grant entitlement from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

Councilman Tom Vukovic, D-4th Ward, who chairs council’s finance committee, announced some final adjustments to the budget document that included $28,702 for next year’s emergency repair program; $20,000 for the Paint Marietta program; $110,335 for housing programs; $8,100 for Flanders Field upgrades; and $10,600 for lighting along the River Trail.

The total 2014 CDBG entitlement, a portion of which supports various projects throughout the city’s CDBG-qualified districts, is expected to be $345,743.

Also on Thursday council president Walt Brothers noted several initiatives the board hoped to address by the end of this year, including the proposed establishment of a revitalization district downtown; approval of the Memorial Health System’s request for special hospital zoning; development of a citywide right of way ordinance; creation of a property management code enforcement officer position; and extension of the residential permitting contract with Washington County.

“We still have a lot to do in the coming weeks, and I hope we’ll be able to get these done by the end of the year,” Brothers said.