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Marietta Council passes 7 ordinances, honors Thompson

Marietta City Council passed seven ordinances and one resolution Thursday in its regular business meeting and will see one resolution proceed into July for three full readings.

City Law Director Paul Bertram explained that Resolution 23, adopting a preliminary tax budget for 2021, must be read three times and afford the public opportunity to speak during a scheduled public hearing on June 18.

When previously discussed in Finance Committee, Councilwoman Cassidi Shoaf reminded fellow council members that the budget being adopted does not guarantee 2 percent increases in all city wages, but does afford the city opportunity to review what impact such increases would have on city coffers.

Bertram said the legislative body is expected to then pass the legislation on July 2, in time for review by the county auditor deadline of July 15.

The legislative body also passed the following legislation by suspension of the second and third readings for each and unanimous approval by all seven voting members:

• Ordinances 77 and 78 authorized the city administration to seek bids for asphalt paving this year but separated out the alternative bids available for solely local funding not dependent on state budgetary constraints on the Ohio Public Works Commission.

“We’d note that (78) is identical to the ordinance we just pass, number 77, except in the exhibits,” Streets Chairwoman Susan Boyer explained. “Because funding is questionable for the first base portion of Ordinance 77 we decided that in order to facilitate our ability to address local streets even if we couldn’t address the large project we decided the alternates could stand alone.”

Ordinance 77 allows the city to advertise for bids to pave Academy Drive, Cisler Drive, Fourth Street, Glendale Extension, Glendale Road, Second Street and South Seventh Street for an estimated cost of $570,366.

Ordinance 78 allows the city to advertise for bids to pave Sunnyhill Drive, Douglas Avenue, Garfield Avenue from Fifth to Ferguson, and Wildwood Drive (an estimated cost of $128,731) and Spring Street from Colegate to Holly (an estimated cost of $130,111).

• Ordinance 79 authorized the appropriation of $3,400 in unappropriated funds to cover utilities at the Harbor and the Armory and a phone bill in the mayor’s office.

• Ordinances 80-82 authorized easement acquisition for ongoing power line upgrades by American Electric Power.

• Ordinance 83 authorized a fiber optic project within the city to begin in phases connecting traffic signals in an upgrade program with the Ohio Department of Transportation, authorizing the expenditure of an estimated sum of $95,738.

• Resolution 22 was a memorial recognition of the life and public service of former councilman Andy Thompson following his unexpected death last month.

Council is next scheduled to meet for committees via Zoom with streaming to Facebook on June 11, at 3 p.m.

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

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