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Marietta council talks rules

Repeated across Marietta City Council committees Tuesday was the theme of planning and following rules.

Lands, Buildings and Parks Committee discussed the idea of a joint pursuit with Planning, Zoning, Annexation and Housing Committee to outline a land use plan which includes objectives to fight blight along corridors created by roads and/or waterways.

Police and Fire Committee moved forward to legislate a compromise on regulation of roosters within city limits to require anti-crowing devices for those who wish to keep the animal.

And in separate committee discussion PZAH considered the alleged circumvention of council direction to not obey current law that has led to a cease and desist letter sent to the Original Pizza Place in downtown Marietta.

See a future edition of the Times for a more thorough review of each aforementioned topic.

Other business

Council also reviewed bid results for the 2021 asphalt resurfacing and curb ramp projects Tuesday, following the pre-determined timeline outlined in September of last year and codified in the following months for the following streets:

¯ Lancaster Street from Clark to Pershing.

¯ Second Street from Washington to Montgomery.

¯ Fourth Street from Hart to Greene.

¯ East Eighth Street from Wayne to the pavement break.

¯ Jefferson Street from Pike to Durwood Hoag.

¯ Glendale Extension from Colegate to Dun-Wrentin.

¯ Hillcrest Drive from Cisler to Hillside Way.

¯ Wayne Street from Pike to Sixth.

¯ Quarry Street from Seventh to Dudley.

The engineer’s estimate of the base bid work was $293,095, Project Manager Dave Hendrickson reminded council on Tuesday, with the additional alternate bid for Spring Street from Colegate Drive to Holly Street estimated to cost $89,388.

Hendrickson explained that the city received only two bids which were opened Tuesday:

¯ Shelly and Sands’ primary bid was for $316,800.50 with the additional $98,000.60 bid for Spring Street.

¯ NLS Asphalt Paving’s primary bid was for $309,096.55 with an additional $91,820.65 bid for Spring Street.

“We still need to do an analysis of the bids to make sure all ‘t’s’ were crossed and ‘i’s’ were dotted,” said Hendrickson, noting the apparent low bidder to be NLS if all requirements are met.

If requirements are determined to pass muster, grant and loan funds from the Ohio Public Works Commission are anticipated to be available July 1, with contract awarding expected that month and final completion predicted for October.

City Engineer Joe Tucker noted no legislation was needed from the body to execute the contract award.

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

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