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Wetz: Resolution 50 requires more work in CDBG process

Three public meetings within Marietta municipal buildings gathered legislators with administrators and residents Monday.

In the first, Finance Committee, Marietta City Council members were informed that Resolution 50, introduced on Oct. 1 as legislation, must be tabled until the city adequately completes the federally-required consolidated planning process for Community Development Block Grant funds.

Safety-Service Director Steve Wetz reported to council that the legislation, as proposed and introduced by Finance Chairman Mike Scales, “puts the cart before the horse.”

Scales in past meetings indicated intentions to submit a single-year budget for fiscal year 2021 to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development without waiting for the completion of a consolidated multi-year plan (presumptively for years 2021-23, but can stretch up to year 2025 if council and the administration so choose).

In the second, Employee Relations Committee, council members heard from the city administration concerning the impact coronavirus has had on the technology needs and constraints of the city’s two-person information technology department.

In the third, Marietta City Traffic Commission — four council members, three city employees and members of the mayoral-appointed citizen advisory commission — discussed the ongoing signal removal study reviewing the intersections of Franklin and Market streets and that of Scammel and Second streets.

The first two meetings were publicly broadcast via the city’s Facebook page from 241 Front St., the third was held in the third-floor conference room of 304 Putnam St., down the hall from the city engineer’s office.

Council is next scheduled to meet in room 10 of the Armory, 241 Front St., for its next regular business meeting on Thursday at 7:30 p.m.

The meeting is open to the public.

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