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City to acquire 20 acres for park

v$126,169 state grant to finance purchase; area to be a green space

February 8, 2013

The city of Marietta has been awarded a $126,169 Ohio Public Works Commission grant to purchase more than 20 acres of platted property for permanent green space that can be used for hiking and bikin......

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Feb-13-13 11:35 AM

Does it think h t t p is a bad word? ://

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Feb-13-13 11:34 AM

So it does not like "*******" maybe "****" "://"

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Feb-13-13 11:34 AM

Let me see if I can do this differently... **** : //

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Feb-13-13 11:32 AM

Would this be the area or is there more? *******

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Feb-09-13 11:46 AM

Man oh man.... What a manegerie of venom, sense, & ignorance being posted. Kudos to Walton & Redshift! Common sense analysis of the topagraphy shows this land as billy goat property. Has very little tax assessment potential & only headaches if ever developed.

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Feb-09-13 11:10 AM

What a great addition to our city and the ever growing trail system! Flood mitigation & free healthy activities for the people!

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Feb-09-13 11:04 AM

This present administration and council, isthe ver best marietta has seen let them do what they want!

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Feb-08-13 2:54 PM

If any of you would look at the property - or even a map - you would see that it is all very hilly. According to the lot layout on the county auditor page there would be a road going through it. Given the nature of the hillside, if the property were ever to be developed, the city would be paying a lot of money to maintain the road against slips, and the downhill property owners from Frontier Shopping Center, the college, everyone between Butler and Greene streets etc. would be dealing with increased flooding. The biggest lot in the area pays a tax bill of $70.

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Feb-08-13 1:17 PM

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Feb-08-13 12:50 PM

Kalter is the ruination of property when he gets involved. Hope this does not end up as one of his storage places for his junk collections. Junk on his properties as well as a trailer of junk wood on college property on cherry avenue.

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Feb-08-13 12:15 PM

Hey McCabe....thats "mow and maintain on holidays and special occasions"....cause thats the only time the parks look decent.

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Feb-08-13 12:09 PM

Don't we have enough "green space" around this area already. Usually they use these designated green spaces as an excuse to lock up land so it can't be developed or used commercially.

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Feb-08-13 11:42 AM

Doesn't the City of Marietta have enough park space already?

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Feb-08-13 10:45 AM

20 acres equals approx 5 city blocks & Kalter says there is 15 miles of trails is already there? Then the trails must just go around & around For example, a strip of land 10 feet wide & 16.5 miles long equals 20 acres. I googled how many walking trails can go in an acre & found ratios like this: 'in a somewhat high density pop. area has 23 miles of trail on 240 acres'; '160 acres in a municipal park & hoping to get in 12+ miles'; 'city park, wooded, a bit hilly & rolling, right around 40-50 acres & it's about 5-6 miles of trail'. Justify much Kalter?

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Feb-08-13 9:39 AM

Why do citizens keep voting for MULLEN aka. MOONFACE to city offices when you know the only reason he wants on council is for insurance and being in where he can sell land that the taxes will be lost to the schools and city.

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Feb-08-13 9:28 AM

Walton: by your logic since Borsma got a taxpayer windfall my property taxes will go up?

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Feb-08-13 9:22 AM

We have no accountability in politics. Never can we come back ten years down the road and say to these people, whether they are still in office or not, and say "You were wrong! Pay for your mistakes and self-serving votes that cost the tax payers!" They should be fined heavily or jailed for some of these egregious decisions they make. All we can do is vote them out but, by then, most of the damage is done.

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Feb-08-13 9:14 AM

If people are rushing to Marietta for the green space, why is it our real estate market is "booming"? SARCASM

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Feb-08-13 8:48 AM

How, oh how does green space increase my property values?? The appraisers look at comparable sales of properties for pricing. People don't rush in to buy real estate in Marietta because of some undeveloped worthless green space. It's better than building a sewage plant on the property but it doesn't attract people otherwise. Keep in mind...this property is not able to be developed and can't be sold. That's why people like Mullen and Christy and Boersma are wanting tax payer grant money to be used by stupid council people to buy their worthless land. They can't dump it on anyone else.

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Feb-08-13 8:08 AM

As usual, many of the commenters here miss the point. $126,000 for 20 acres isn't as bad deal when lots less than 1/2 acre in the city are going for well over $20,000 apiece. In addition, in a city with numerous road slips, land slips, and urban flooding the last thing we need is more development on currently forested areas. If that acreage would be developed, we would all end up paying a lot more in repair and insurance costs. Plus, the presence of green space in a community increases the property values of everyone in the city.

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Feb-08-13 8:04 AM

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Feb-08-13 7:40 AM

I hear a flushing sound at Acme, Pike and Jefferson streets intersection.

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Feb-08-13 7:33 AM

Does anyone ever wonder why green space purchases seem to always benefit politicians and well connected people? Why does Mullen always get things that give him more money in his pocket at the tax payer expense? Here, Boersma is putting tax payer money in his pocket and being absolved of future real estate tax expenses that benefit the old, the poor and our children at school? Why doesn't the Times investigate this corruption disguised as part of the "green" agenda? This "green" agenda is putting us all in the red. Because of this move, the city has da**ed us to higher real estate taxes in the near future. Watch more requests for levies to be coming our way. And, they'll drape pictures of beaten kids and starving old people in front of us to guilt us into voting to raise taxes on ourselves.

Thanks a lot council!

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Feb-08-13 6:47 AM

Can anyone get in on this ? Green Space on the hill great view of fair grounds could be a park only 180,000 .

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Feb-08-13 6:26 AM

Watch out ! Another sink hole has opened up in Marietta a 20 acre one that is growing and swallowing up more of our tax dollars. More worthless ground to mow and maintain .

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