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Marietta to auction off four assets

Golf carts, police captains and auctions were discussed Monday when committees of the Marietta City Council met.

¯ Safety Service Director Steve Wetz said four city assets will be auctioned off. The first is a 1983 GMC Sierra 3500 with 10,232 miles. It was used by the police department to tow its police boat, Wetz said.

The vehicle inspection form notes the vehicle has a front mounted winch, DeeZee toolbox and Moritz steel flatbed. The fair market value is listed as $5,000.

The second asset is a 2002 Ford E350 with 80,737 miles. The fair market value is $4,500 and the vehicle was used by the rescue squad.

The third asset is an air compressor with an anticipated sale price of $5,000, and the fourth is a spray injection patcher with various attachments. The anticipated sale price is $6,500.

He told the council legislation would be needed for the auction as the prices for the items are more than $1,000.

¯ Development Director Daniel Everson said he’s been working on a project for ADA sidewalk revitalization on Lancaster and Virginia streets. He said they’ve worked through environmental reviews and funds were approved for the project through a Community Development Block Grant.

He said he needs legislation to advertise for bids as the building season “is getting away from us.”

¯ Washington County Common Pleas Judge John Halliday spoke to the council about the possibility of allowing vehicles, which go under 25 miles an hour such as golf carts, on the city streets.

“It’s becoming more and more ubiquitous across the country,” he said. “Many communities, even in this county. They are treated similarly to vehicles.”

He said in Belpre, there is a dedicated crossing of Washington Boulevard for these vehicles. The Ohio Revised Code notes what is required for safety features.

“There’s a lot of 35 mile an hour streets in this town,” said Councilman Mike Scales, adding there are also several highways coming into town.

¯ After an executive session with Police Chief Katie Warden, Councilwoman Cassidi Shoaf said a second captain position will be created at a cost of $109,000 in salary and benefits. A vacant detective sergeant position will be eliminated at a savings of $102,587.46 in salary and benefits. A part-time clerk position will also be eliminated at a savings of $29,363.78.

“This will be a minimum savings of $22,854.38,” she said. The matter will be put before the full council during their June 16 meeting.

¯ Zoning Enforcement Officer Jim Caldwell spoke to the council about the possibility of going full-time. He said he only works three and a half days in administration and on the road, which doesn’t give him enough time to get everything done.

He said the city’s zoning department is one of the few revenue generating departments. In the first six months he was on the job, he got the department online and synced with the Southeast Ohio Building Department, he said.

Forms were redesigned and they’ve started to streamline the process to make things more user-friendly.

He said it was also difficult to meet with other departments and it slows down the process.

Caldwell said sometimes when he leaves on Thursday afternoon, people will have to wait four days to get things researched before he comes back to work.

“The zoning department is a full-time job,” he said. “I think not having me full-time costs the city money because we’re not generating revenue when I’m off work two days a week.”

Shoaf asked what the difference between his part-time salary and a full-time salary with benefits would be. The matter will be researched and brought up at a later meeting.

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