Marietta City Council discusses seasonal hiring program

Marietta City Council introduced the annual seasonal hire program through the Washington County Department of Job and Family Services Thursday.

The program affords underprivileged adults summer positions within the city’s departments working as aides and laborers within the public facilities department’s summer playground program, streets department and public parks and cemeteries maintenance.

In total, 17 seasonal positions were introduced by council Thursday.

∫ Summer playground program coordinator: $9-9.75 per hour.

∫ Four summer playground aides: each between $8.80 and $9.55 per hour.

∫ 12 laborers: each between $8.70 and $9.15 per hour.

The laborers will be split evenly among streets, parks and recreation, and cemetery duties.

Councilwoman Cassidi Shoaf, chairwoman of council’s Employee Relations Committee, explained that the laborer positions could begin as soon as interviews are complete and exist at no cost to the city coffers.

“This is a program that we receive funding from JFS to pay for their wages,” said Shoaf. “They get the experience and we get the benefit of free labor so it works out for all parties involved.”

Council also authorized the advertising of Room 9 in the Armory, for lease.

“We have an open spot here in the Armory and we want to get it rented,” said Councilwoman Cindy Oxender when asking that the legislative body suspend the second and third readings of Ordinance 163 and then adopt it.

Both votes were unanimous.

The 625 square-foot room is the only available for lease room on the ground floor of the Armory; it was previously leased to the local Fraternal Order of Police chapter at a rate of $400 for a month.

Bids will be accepted by Safety-Service Director Jonathan Hupp through March 8.

“The advertisement will run for five weeks in the Times,” explained Hupp. “Followed by a bid opening the next week.”

Council will next meet on Monday at 5 p.m. for an executive session to consider applications to the open council clerk position in Employee Relations Committee, at 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday for Lands, Buildings and Parks Committee, then on Wednesday for Streets Committee at 4:15 p.m.

Then on Feb. 14 at 3 p.m. Water and Sewer Committee, followed at 4 p.m. by a joint Finance Committee with Planning, Zoning, Annexation and Housing Committee.

All council meetings, unless otherwise scheduled, take place in Room 10 of the Armory, 241 Front. St.