Marietta committee talks paving, landslips, funding

Photo by Janelle Patterson Project Manager Dave Hendrickson, left, passes updates of city streets projects to Streets Committee Chairwoman Susan Boyer Wednesday during a meeting of Marietta City Council at Gold Star Park’s community center.

Street paving, landslip updates and strategy for funding next year’s projects were the hot topics of Marietta City Council’s Streets Committee Wednesday.

“We’re working now through our punch list for the 2019 program,” explained Dave Hendrickson, city project manager, as he handed out a review to council members of this year’s paving and curb ramp replacements. “I went to inspect with Jim Wark (of Pickering Associates) each of the completed ramps and streets and we have some ramps that don’t yet meet accessibility compliance with ADA and others that are holding water.”

Hendrickson explained the inspection then allows the engineering department to call back paving companies to uncover manholes and paved-over utilities and fix final issues with curbs before clearing a close-out of the project and final payments.

“And all of the utilities that are in the street we map before paving,” added City Engineer Joe Tucker. “That map we clear with the water department and wastewater department, too, so we make sure we have a good idea where things need to be uncovered again after the paving work is done.”

Tucker also briefed council on the upcoming funding meetings for Ohio Public Works Commission competitive grant funding with the county engineer and Washington County Commissioner David White.

He asked council to ensure they keep a clear schedule to advocate for 2020 paving funding the week of Nov. 4.

Council also met in Lands, Buildings and Parks Committee Wednesday to discuss needs of the city streets garage in Lower Norwood, noise mitigation concerns in the Armory’s ground floor and continuous planning for riverbank erosion prevention and scenic views.

Tucker explained that the streets garage has been found to be out of compliance with state building codes for support of the current roof.

“At the very minimum we need to find out what we need to do to bring this roof up to minimum building code standards,” explained Tucker, noting the alert on the roof came after Pickering Energy Solutions moved forward with a feasibility study to place solar panels on the city asset.

He plans to submit a request through finance committee next week of approximately $3,000 to engage Pickering Associates in an analysis of the cost to bring the roof into code compliance and compare that cost with the added option of solar panels affixed to the top of the roof after compliance is met.

Marietta City Council’s Finance Committee will meet at 4 p.m. on Monday in room 10 of the Armory, 241 Front St.

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