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Tea room owner simmers over citation

Tables and chairs on sidewalk the big issue

May 30, 2013

The owner of a new business in downtown Marietta has apparently fallen victim to a municipal ordinance that prohibits obstructions on city sidewalks without prior city council approval....

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Jun-01-13 10:33 AM

Yes, fine these folks who are paying in taxes, and give money to the theater who do not pay in taxes. Typical Marietta.

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May-31-13 5:46 PM

As time progresses, you will eat your words Devil's Advocate. You don't know the whole story yet.

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May-31-13 12:44 AM

I would cut your losses and move the heck out of there ,downtown marietta ***** I never shop downtown ever, move your tea room to another town, where you will feel wanted. giving you a fine for put out a little table and chair, omg what is happening in marietta, This town is all washed up.

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May-30-13 9:33 PM

Vuk always says and votes "NO". Does he really live in Warren Township?

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May-30-13 9:03 PM

Lots of stuff here today.. I agree w/ swilson. Follow the law/ordinance & things will be ok. What is troubling is nearly everyone is posting to a degree, "no rule of law" That is truly troubling.

I also believe it is unfair to state Marietta is unfriendly to business. Every government at every level has code/law in place to protect & regulate. Marietta is no different. The difference IMO is choosing not to follow the law.

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May-30-13 7:19 PM

Maybe the people running Marietta can hire a high paid commission paid for by a 3 mill levy on city residents to study the problem. And the commission could do "obstruction" tests and all that. After all, this is serious stuff here folks. (sarcasm)

This citation and the law is bull! It's a perfect example of govt. intrusion on businesses by unnecessary regulations and laws.

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May-30-13 7:12 PM

#1: Why would the tea room owner assume there was a "grace period" for moving the furniture after she was told she couldn't do it without obtaining a variance from the city? Do the proper paperwork, wait for approval THEN put out the furniture. #2: to those saying that "other businesses" are doing it....perhaps they have done their paperwork and have approval??

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May-30-13 7:03 PM

Once council approves her request, maybe MPD can come down and handcuff the table and chairs together so people can't steal her property.

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May-30-13 6:59 PM

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May-30-13 6:32 PM

.......asked Tumas-Serna to submit a drawing showing where her tables and chairs would be located so that council could consider her request....HOw about show and tell-she put up the stuff where she wants it and council goes for a look.

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May-30-13 2:05 PM

The flag store has merchandise on the sidewalk just about every day...the leather store has a huge wagon on the sidewalk some I've said before it's all about Who you are in this town, always has been always will be...I've gotten use to it and the newcomers may as well too, don't see things changing any time soon...

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May-30-13 1:24 PM

Sorry for the empty post. Anyone else find it odd that in another article they are saying that they can't provide monitoring after burglaries and spotting a man with a knife stealing in the Norwood area, but they Canfield the manpower to cite a business owner for a few tables and chairs?

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May-30-13 1:22 PM

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May-30-13 11:44 AM

A picture is worth a thousand words wouldn't you say?

Merchants along all of Marietta's downtown streets do the same thing, so why were these people the only ones to receive a citation? Seems the law director needs to look at the ordinance codes and decide which is valid. Council needs to change the ordinance and/or the City Administration needs to stop ordering harassment of those they do not like or with whom they have political confrontations.

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May-30-13 11:04 AM

And Marietta wonders why they can't get any new merchants downtown! Go figure!

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May-30-13 9:39 AM

The tables and chairs police? Really? Is that all you have to do? Wouldn’t your time be better spent doing something about real safety? The city should spend more time policing the speed limit and pedestrian crossings on Front Street and less time trying to discourage businesses. The current crosswalks on Front Street give the appearance of a safe crossing point, but in reality are not much safer than jay walking. Either enforce crosswalk safety or remove them.

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May-30-13 8:35 AM

No wps it just wasn't the right person wanting the permit if it was Moon he would have obtained it in a couple hours.

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May-30-13 8:34 AM

MPD/Council should waive this NEW merchants ridiculous tickets. Why only enforce certain laws/ordinances in Marietta? Officials pick and choose WHO will be fined ect. Remembering back in the late 90's when the Putnam Street bridge was posted with a height/weight limit with signage (for at least a year) stating $500 fine, I believe. How many times was this steel beam knocked down never a fine was issued. Just ask Jim Caporale at American Flags and Poles. He was the final slayer of the steel beam :) Let off this merchant for trying to make a buck.

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May-30-13 8:34 AM

I think Vuk has a great comeback. "I don't think I have ever told anyone No". Why do you have the regulation then?

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May-30-13 7:51 AM

Vuk is very business friendly - just ask him ! What a joke. If he had his way he would lead council into regulating every downtown business.... right out of business! Bring on the tables and chairs AND the hot dog vendors.

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May-30-13 7:00 AM

Welcome to Marietta!! What would Shive do? Ask Vuk.

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May-30-13 6:16 AM

All things considered, I would think Marietta would bend over backwards to make things simple for its merchants. A fee for occasionally moving a couple of small tables and chairs outside--nonsense.

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