The Muskingum River Boat Docks have moved a few blocks upstream during the last couple of weeks, and are now located on the river at 110 West Montgomery St....
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I am truly happy that the Woodfords were able to secure a location for their docks. On the other hand I am disgusted and disappointed with the Marietta City Council for forcing them to move. Did I say forcing? Yes, I did. When the Washington Street bridge was worked on the Valley Gem got docking from the city behind the Armory. Want to guess whom was one of those private boaters that got bounced? Yep, the Woodfords. So they bought the docks up river, put a lot of work into them, paid a lease, and moved on. Then the Valley Gem wants more space, the Woodfords dock to be exact, and although the Valley Gem did NOT pay a lease for all the years they were where they are, they used (and continue to use) parking provided by OUR tax dollars, and the City Council wants to be fair and give it to the Valley Gem. Same old, same old..
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Rockdog, let's be fair about who awarded the bid to Sands instead of the Woodfords. It was the Safety & Service Director Hupp and Mayor Mathews. It was not the City Council in its entirety. It was a tie broken by the Council President Brothers who stated at the beginning of the meeting that he urged all members to vote to accept the Sands bid. Three council members objected to him trying to persuade their votes. It was on TV and you can watch it.
I wish the Woodfords well. They didn't lose anything but a lease. They now have a much better place for the docks.
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Tessie, I understand what you're saying, however through this whole process the members of the city council could have questioned the feasibility of the Valley Gem in that they had paid no lease until this subject came up. They are a for profit business that have used the parking area beside the river museum also for the same amount of time they have been there, free. Your tax dollars and mine paid for that area, the pavement, the upkeep. Before this whole process got to the bidding stage (and that was AFTER the owners of the Valley Gem expressed interest in the location the Woodfords had)our members of city council should have been responsible enough to address that. It was an issue that none of them wanted to confront. In the end the Safety Service Director and the Mayor did what the law required. So now that the Valley Gem owners have more dockage I would hope that they are assessed a fee for the use of parking area and be asked to forfeit their West Virginia liquor license
I agree with what you are saying in your second comment R.D.
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How was the lease given when it takes a 2/3rd majority vote for real estate transactions??? should have needed 5 yes votes... does anyone know?
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