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Council passes legislation on variety of topics

What happens after a piece of legislation is passed by Marietta City Council?

The question has often been logged by readers of The Marietta Times, following authorizations, directions or allocations passed in legislative session via ordinance or resolution during a regular or special business meeting of the seven-voting membership.

Last Thursday, the legislators passed Ordinance 136, an authorization of a dumpster in the city right-of-way on Butler Street for a business to take its as-of-yet unopened restaurant’s garbage.

Councilwoman Susan Boyer asked fellow voting members to consider an amendment before the legislation was passed. While the amendment saw unanimous support, the final vote on the legislation did not.

Five members voted in favor of the ordinance, two voted against (Councilwoman Cassidi Shoaf and Councilman Geoff Schenkel).

“I’m not satisfied that that location is the best that we can do for our community, but since it passed I’m glad it has that amendment,” said Schenkel.

What’s next?

McKenna’s Market may now erect the dumpster, but is not required to do so if it finds another way to dispose of its trash; for example by building access to a receptacle in the alley between Front and Second streets where fellow restaurants including the Town House, Galley/Adelphia and House of Wines all see trash service.

What was passed Thursday was merely authorization to erect the dumpster in the right-of-way. The added amendment puts a stipulation on how long such a dumpster may rest in the right-of-way on Butler Street with Boyer outlining the limit for until such time as the predicted outdoor dining of the market, and/or its heirs or successors no longer operate a restaurant in that space.

Additional legislation passed included:

¯ Ordinance 177: authorized appropriations and allocations of funding within streets, water and property tax issues concerning the city.

¯ Ordinance 178: authorized the purchase of water treatment chemicals.

¯ Ordinance 179: authorized the purchase of rock salt.

¯ Ordinance 180: authorized a $13,700 contract with Pickering Associates for a “Lock One Restoration Project.”

¯ Ordinance 183: authorized participation in the $285,285.20 state project to upgrade some of the city’s traffic signals to fiber optic wiring.

¯ Resolution 78: adopted a new citizen participation plan concerning the federally-funded Community Development Block Grant program. This plan has been updated under the guidance of the Columbus office of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and is the first of multiple steps to course-correct the city’s past practices out of compliance with federal law.

¯ Resolution 79: authorized the city’s acceptance of a donation of signs and kiosks for the River Trail from the River Valley Mountain Bike Association and the Washington County Health Board.

¯ Resolution 80: authorized city support of the Washington County Health Department’s application to the Ohio Department of Health for additional federal funding (the Centers for Disease Control’s Preventive Health and Health Services Block Grant) through Ohio’s Creating Health Communities program for an additional $50,000 in support of citizen-driven efforts to address pedestrian safety threats on the Franklin Street Corridor.

Remaining legislation considered, but not passed Thursday and instead moving forward into the first week of March for additional consideration include Resolution 77 introduced at the first regular meeting in February concerning a proposed bench donation and:

¯ Ordinance 181: which would authorize the creation of an equipment operator II position within the water department and abolish the position of equipment operator I within the same department.

¯ Ordinance 182: which would authorize the creation of an equipment operator II position within the public works department and abolish the position of foreman IV within the same department.

Homeless drop-in center

On Dec. 17, the legislators considered multiple resolutions concerning emergency aid for those in need of food, clothing, shelter and a warm shower.

Notable, concerning the new drop-in center at 312 Front St., was the later passage of Resolution 70 which authorized the city’s development director to enter into a subrecipient agreement on behalf of the city with the Washington County Homeless Project, a nonprofit which is renting the First Congregational Church’s parsonage for use as a homeless drop-in center daily between noon and 5 p.m.

What’s next?

That subrecipient agreement for a grant sum of $25,000 in federal CDBG funding must be written and signed by both parties in order to administer the reimbursement funds to the nonprofit to pay the church.

Franklin Street Corridor

While council authorized Resolution 80 Thursday, city support for one grant application does not equate to concrete poured, bike lanes painted or other safety requirements outlined by the neighborhood group (see the Feb. 10 edition of the Times ‘City looks at Franklin Street corridor’.)

What’s next?

Membership of the lower west side’s grassroots organization met Saturday to discuss next steps in application funding and the guidance of officials within the Ohio Department of Transportation and those with state and national arts funding to empower transformative change for residents, nonprofit partners and business owners on the west side.

River Trail

While Ordinance 177 passed unanimously Thursday, Finance Chairman Mike Scales noted the loan payments required on the trail construction may stall through the end of the year pending the resolution of the trail’s failure.

Two items of business concerning what members of council are calling the “River Trail money pit” in reference to the summer 2020 failure of the multi-use path at Duck Creek, are on the agenda of council committees this week.

Committees this week, all scheduled to be held virtually:

¯ Water and Sewer Committee jointly with Finance Committee: 4 p.m. Thursday.

¯ Lands, Buildings and Parks Committee jointly with Finance Committee: 4:15 p.m. Thursday.

¯ Police and Fire Committee: 4:30 p.m. Thursday.

¯ Planning, Zoning, Annexation and Housing Committee: 4:45 p.m. Thursday.

A public meeting is planned for Tuesday concerning the Start Westward Monument. Following the 6 p.m. Tuesday presentation, a formal question-and answer session will take place regarding the monument and the East Muskingum Park. To join online go to https://publicinput.com/A7143 in your internet browser on your computer or smartphone/tablet.

To join by phone dial 855-925-2801 and when prompted type in meeting code 9512.

Safety-Service Director Steve Wetz requested during the legislative meeting last week that this week’s Lands, Buildings and Parks Committee include discussion of both a contract modification concerning the monument and a separate Ohio Department of Natural Resources application discussion for the monument.

Janelle Patterson may be reached at jpatterson@mariettatimes.com.

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