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New boats for fire, police

Launching ceremony ends 5-year process

January 30, 2013

It took five years and nearly $600,000, but Marietta’s new 25-foot custom-built fire and police boats arrived this week and were officially launched into the Ohio River during a public ceremony......

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Jan-30-13 8:47 AM

Very nice equipment. Much better then the pontoon.

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Jan-30-13 10:46 AM

Since the Ohio River falls under the jurisdiction of West Virginia and this was a federal grant for the Huntington Port, why is Marietta Ohio the city that purchased the boats? Is the City of Marietta paying the salaries of those manning the boats when they are used outside of the city limits?

I'm sure there are ways to justify this purchase but it seems like a duplication of efforts and services. But then what else is new? Ref: Health Department duplication of services.

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Jan-30-13 11:07 AM

600k you think there might be a wee bit of a markup....

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Jan-30-13 11:55 AM

I believe the quote" there is a sucker born every minute" applies here.

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Jan-30-13 12:02 PM

If this boat and the fire dept. save even just one life it will be money well spent. Our community is ON THE WATER!! It should not matter which side of the river the boat comes from! In fact, hopefully both sides have one!

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Jan-30-13 12:33 PM

I read the article: The boat is outfitted with some of the latest technology for response on the water, including the ability to communicate with divers while they're submerged, structure sonar scanning, GPS and forward-looking infrared radar (FLIR) for navigation at night or during other low-vision situations. As far as how we got the cash, a condition for the city to receive the grant funding is that both boats would be available for response to major disasters anywhere within the Huntington Port-Tristate area. This also falls under the category of “the tax money is there so if we don’t get it someone else does”. I congratulate the person who went after the cash. Your tax dollars at work.

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Jan-30-13 12:38 PM

BTW, a new, decent, 24 foot open bow boat goes for about $60,000 now-a-days. A small cruiser goes for $100,000.

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Jan-30-13 7:16 PM

Money well spent by the joe matthews administration! Best marietta has ever had!

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