Reminder on Armory Square parking

Enforcement of city parking regulations in the Armory Square parking lot will resume May 1, according to an announcement by Marietta safety-service director Jonathan Hupp during Thursday’s regular city council meeting.

“The armory lot will become a paid lot with spaces for monthly rental on May 1,” he said.

Since January there have been no limitations on parking in the lot, off Front Street and adjacent to Armory Square, including the two-hour parking limit that exists for non-rental spaces in other city parking lots.

The regulations were temporarily suspended because inclement winter weather prevented crews from painting yellow lines to designate 28 spaces were available for monthly rental in the lot.

The yellow-lined spaces can be leased for $25 per month, while white-lined spaces are available for free two-hour parking. Vehicles parked in the white spaces for more than two hours will be ticketed by a parking enforcement officer.

In other business Thursday, council approved a contribution of $2,500 to help support the Southeast Ohio Port Authority.

“I think this is a good first step toward re-establishing our relationship with the port authority,” said Councilman Tom Vukovic, D-4th Ward, and chairman of council’s finance committee.

The port authority works with organizations like Main Street Marietta and the Marietta Area Chamber of Commerce to help increase economic development for the city. The authority has also provided some assistance in obtaining funding for projects like the upcoming widening of Mill Creek Road, according to SEOPA chairman Tom Webster who met with the finance committee last week.

Also on Thursday, council approved five pieces of legislation creating 22 seasonal positions for summer workers that will be hired through the Washington County Jobs and Family Services’ Summer Youth Employment Program.

The program provides summer workers for several city departments, including the recreation department’s summer playground program and interns for the city law director’s office. Summer employees are also hired as laborers for the cemeteries and lands, buildings and parks departments.

The city pays the workers’ salaries up front, but the money is reimbursed by Jobs and Family Services at the end of the summer employment season.

Council also approved a request by Marietta Police Chief Brett McKitrick to apply for a grant from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to purchase an emergency incident response vehicle under the 2014 Port Security Program.

McKitrick said the department is applying for a grant of approximately $40,000 for the vehicle that would be used to tow the police boat the department obtained through similar grant funding a year ago. He said the vehicle would also be equipped to respond to a variety of emergency situations requiring law enforcement.

Several students from Helen Hershey’s government class at Washington State Community College attended Thursday’s council meeting and were given some time at the end of the session to ask questions about the city’s governmental process.