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Fire code inspection may force St. Clair building owner to do repairs

March 25, 2013

The recent concerns with the St. Clair building in downtown Marietta may be addressed sooner rather than later....

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Mar-26-13 6:06 AM

Drive up Third St. and look behind that church at 3rd and Wooster...their board fence isn't hiding anything..heck drive up any street and see lots worse.

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Mar-25-13 8:16 PM

Our City Council is obligated to pay attention to our city, and to address problems when they arise. In my opinion it is not ‘meddling in someone’s business’ when flags are raised that a building is in serious disrepair-I call it being a good neighbor. What if it was your home or business sitting next to the deteriorating property, would you care then? I think it is important to protect and preserve our downtown for our children, and generations to come. The alternative is to say nothing, let it fall down, or catch on fire. The fire just might take out the whole block, or more. I guess you will never need to search for a parking spot when you come look at the pile of dirt where historic downtown Marietta used to sit- which is exactly what will happen if we keep discouraging our City Council from doing their jobs. Keep at it Mr. Kalter!

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Mar-25-13 5:43 PM

There are so many buildings that could be nice if the owners cared to fix what they own. When they don't its up to the city to police them and that takes years to actually get anything done. The owners usually won't repair and the places deteriorate so badly they then need to be torn down . If my or sny councilman cared enough to get the buildings repaired before the glass and wood start falling out, I'd be glad and certainly not complaining . Marietta is a historic town. Why shouldn't the buildings not be eyesore and dangerous? You would think a bank might do a better job than a private owner ,looks like not the case here

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Mar-25-13 5:20 PM

How can you think it's not a city councilman's job to try to mitigate a safety hazard when he sees one?

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Mar-25-13 3:36 PM

Yeah, lets clean it up so we can have another Antique store move in. Downtown does not attract anything. It is sad. The comment about Giant Eagle wonderwoman00 had me laughing out loud!! Thank you and your comments are true.

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Mar-25-13 2:16 PM

Tessie,the problem people have with Mr. Kalter seems to be that he sticks his nose in where it does not belong. As a private citizen, or as a councilman...he is over the top in other folks' business. He is an elected councilman....not the property police.

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Mar-25-13 11:35 AM

I wonder why the bank won't sell the building if someone offered to buy it?

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Mar-25-13 11:15 AM

If a building falls down on people, if broken glass impales someone, if downtown burns because owners of buildings refuse to clean up debris or install smoke alarms and sprinklers, who will be the first to get blamed?

For many of Marietta's residents, the answer is City Council because they didn't force the issue. But Mr. Kalter and other council members are trying to force the issue to improve our city. They are fought every step of the way by certain people within the city government who are in the pockets of Marietta's version of "powerful people". Mr. Kalter and other council members are being condemned by foolish and uninformed people throughout the community, while they continue to fight for what is right in Marietta.

So what if you don't like Mr. Kalter? Focus on the principle not the person.

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Mar-25-13 10:02 AM

Roger Kalter, making friends everywhere he goes....NOT

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Mar-25-13 7:05 AM

I agree fix the windows . Have you ever heard the saying clean up your own back yard before trying to make others clean up theirs. I hear on here alot that Mr. Helter Skalter 's yard was bad so I drove by to take a peek and it is true drive by and take a look .

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