Another step for armory project

Marietta City Council’s lands, buildings and parks and finance committees members agreed to enter into a $27,900 contract with the Davis Architectural Group for design services for renovation of the National Guard Armory’s first floor.

“This will get us to actual bids for construction of this project,” city engineer Joe Tucker told the committee members during Thursday’s meeting.

A total cost for the first floor renovation has been estimated at around $490,000 by Ron Vanwey, vice president of Davis Architectural Group.

“But that’s looking at including full HVAC, full electrical, and full plumbing for the entire armory facility, not for just the first floor area,” Tucker noted.

He said a more accurate estimate would be determined by the architectural firm as part of the design services contract.

On a related note, city safety-service director Jonathan Hupp clarified that $250,000 Vanwey had mentioned could be needed for the renovation project would be for contingencies expenses to renovate the entire building, including the first floor area.

Hupp had noted the potential contingencies cost during a lands, buildings and parks committee session last week.

Tucker told Vanwey Thursday that he hoped the contract with Davis Architectural Group could be issued by June 6 so that the design work could begin.

In other business Thursday, Dale Willson, chief probation officer for Marietta Municipal Court, requested permission to use $25,000 in grant funding from the Ohio Bureau of Community Corrections to purchase two kiosks for the probation department.

“The kiosks would be installed in Belpre and Marietta so that probationers could report to the kiosk location instead of having to report directly to a probation officer,” Willson explained.

Also on Thursday city streets superintendent Todd Stockel and equipment maintenance manager Charlie Becker submitted a request for $126,413 to purchase a new dump truck through state bid to replace a 2002 model that has been serving as part of the city’s fleet of five snowplow vehicles.

“The engine on the current truck is in good shape, but everything else-the chassis, dump bed, and plow are in pretty bad shape,” Stockel said.

Becker noted he has had to weld the bed back onto the 2002 truck at least twice.

“This truck is just worn out,” he said.

Stockel said if he could order the truck soon, the city would be getting a 2015 vehicle for the price of a 2014 truck. But he said the contract for the $126,413 price from Rush Trucking of Cincinnati would expire May 31.

Finance committee chairman Tom Vukovic, D-4th Ward, asked Stockel to request an extension from Rush Trucking to hold the contracted price a bit longer to give the city time to determine how the vehicle would be financed.

“We know the truck is needed, but we’re not sure at this time how much money is in the city’s capital fund,” he said, noting the capital fund would be used to pay for the truck.

Stockel said he would contact Rush Trucking about extending the deadline for the contracted price so that council could OK the purchase.

“We want to do this, but we have to be sure the money is in place before approving the purchase,” Vukovic said.