Council reminds citizens of cell phone ban

During Thursday’s city council meeting, Marietta Safety-Service Director Jonathan Hupp reminded citizens that the city’s ban on texting and the use of hand-held communication devices while driving within the city limits becomes effective Saturday.

“July 5 is the effective date of the ordinance that was adopted March 6,” he said. “The signs are up and Marietta Police will begin the process of enforcing that ordinance on Saturday. There will be a (two-week) warning period, but as of July 5 there should be no more texting while driving in Marietta.”

Signs bearing the message “NO TEXTING. NO UNAUTHORIZED CELL PHONE USAGE WHILE DRIVING. ORDINANCE 333.11” were placed at all entrances to the city within the last week.

Also on Thursday, Mayor Joe Matthews noted the annual Fourth of July parade would form at the intersection of Fourth and Butler streets at 9:30 a.m. today. The parade to Armory Square on Front Street begins at 10 a.m.

And Councilman Harley Noland, D-at large, announced that a free community picnic and dedication ceremony for the U.S. Armed Services would take place at Armory Square from noon to 2 p.m. Saturday.

Council members Steve Thomas, D-3rd Ward, Michael McCauley, D-2nd Ward, and Roger Kalter, D-1st Ward, were out of town and excused from Thursday’s meeting, so no legislative action was taken during the evening.

Among the legislation introduced was an ordinance stating that city services would be provided upon the requested annexation of 5.1 acres of property adjacent to the city limits in Marietta Township; an ordinance authorizing a $9,092 change order for the North Hills water tank painting project; and a resolution opposing the application for a variance to the city’s ordinance requiring green space be included in new parking lots constructed within the city limits.

The variance is being requested of the Marietta Planning Commission by 3PP Marietta, LLC, which is planning to build a retail store in the First Colony Center development near the intersection of Ohio 7 and County House Lane.

The next regular meeting of Marietta City Council is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. July 17 in the community building at Lookout Park.