Council allows plans for McDonald’s project

Two ordinances passed during a special meeting of Marietta’s City Council Tuesday will allow plans for the renovation of the McDonald’s restaurant at the intersection of Jefferson and Durwood Hoag Drive to move forward.

“McDonald’s has a very short timeline in which to complete this project with a 60- to 90-day window for construction,” said Councilwoman Kathy Downer, D-at large, who chairs council’s streets and transportation committee.

She asked that the original legislation be amended to include an emergency clause which allows the measure to become effective as soon as it’s signed by the mayor. The first reading of the ordinances took place during Thursday’s regular council meeting, but none of that night’s legislation was passed due to the absence of two council members.

Councilman Tom Vukovic, D-4th Ward, was out of town, and Councilman Harley Noland, D-at large, was unable to attend due to a medical condition.

The ordinances impacting the McDonald’s project included a variance permitting the company to install curb cuts wider than specified in current city code, and permission for McDonald’s to do work in the city right of way during construction.

A date for construction to begin has not been determined, according to Laurie Strahler, owner of the local McDonald’s franchise.

In other business Tuesday, council approved a total $38,504 in change orders for the city hall renovation project, which included $25,740 to extend the Pickering Associates administration and oversight contract services contract.

Another $12,312 change order was approved for additional design services required from Pickering Associates during the city hall project.

And a change order for $451 was approved for Grae Con Construction to install extensions on the bottoms of a few doors in the interview room area of the police department.

Also on Tuesday, council approved the advertisement for bids on property at 412 Phillips St. where a home donated to the city was recently demolished.

The property was given to the city last fall by the Wells Fargo Bank in Iowa which had foreclosed on the home. The bank also donated $20,000 to pay for demolition of the house.

The legislation passed Tuesday noted the property is not needed for any municipal use and could be offered up for sale to the public.