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Council approves grant resolutions

Marietta City Council approved five coronavirus-related Community Development Block Grant resolutions Thursday to direct emergency funding to local food pantries and rental assistance.

“I don’t want to see anyone go hungry,” said Councilman Mike McCauley, before throwing his support behind all of the resolutions.

Councilman Mike Scales noted the additional coronavirus funds the city is expected to receive from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development will be routed through a previous year’s Community Development Block Grant to allow for aid for rental assistance through the Washington-Morgan Community Action quasi-governmental agency, through Southeast Ohio Legal Services to administer fair housing testing and outreach service and to two food pantries for support of food purchasing; the Gospel Mission Food Pantry and the Greater Marietta Food Pantry.

Councilwoman Cassidi Shoaf was the only vote against one of the subrecipient agreements, for the Greater Marietta Food Pantry, noting a hesitation to approve fund disbursement for an entity outside of city limits.

City Law Director Paul Bertram said the location of the pantry was not a legal conflict for the disbursement of the funds because the pantry, like the Gospel Mission Food Pantry serves individuals both residing within and without the corporation limits.

Councilman Geoff Schenkel also noted, related to the CDBG funding cycle that concluded the citizen-driven request period Monday, calls for a committee meeting to review those requests beginning next week.

Schenkel requested a joint committee meeting between Finance (chaired by Scales) and Planning, Zoning, Annexation and Housing Committee (chaired by Schenkel) be scheduled for Aug. 13.

Scales agreed to the date, but the pair did not arrive at a time.

Council also passed four new ordinances:

-An appropriation of funds to make the first payment on the new city fire truck from the city supplemental income tax, to pay for local street paving out of the supplemental income tax and to survey a portion of Front Street from Putnam to Sacra Via for planning purposes of water and sewer line replacement projects on the horizon.

-An authorization for the $400,000 contract for the 2020 asphalt paving project Councilwoman Susan Boyer, chairwoman for the streets committee, noted assigns priority to otherwise unfunded local streets ineligible for grant or federal funding.

-An authorization of a change order for further engineering work on the Start Westward Monument for $4,500.

-An authorization for a one-year contract with Trebel Energy, LLC, for the generation and transmission service for Marietta’s electric aggregation program.

Council also tabled Ordinance 96 and unanimously defeated Resolution 32, both concerning fleet management options which Scales said would be brought back for future discussion on options for the city’s rolling infrastructure.

Council is next scheduled to meet in committees on Aug. 13, beginning at 3:30 p.m. in room 10 of the Armory, 241 Front St.

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