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Marietta talks paving, new ladder truck

Photo by Michele Newbanks City Engineer Joe Tucker listened while Dave Hendrickson, project manager/engineering technician, talked about paving projects in the city during Thursday evening’s meeting of Marietta City Council’s streets and transportation committee.

City Engineer Joe Tucker and Project Manager/Engineering Technician Dave Hendrickson spoke with the streets and transportation committee of the Marietta City Council on Thursday about several paving projects in the city.

Tucker said the bid opening for paving on Ohio 60 came in above what was anticipated by more than $18,000. The total bid was about $137,000.

He had budgeted a total of more than $143,000, so even with the additional $18,000, they would still be some $6,000 under budget.

The streets included in the project are Third Street from Marion to Front streets; Muskingum Drive from Front Street to Davis Avenue; and Lancaster Street from Gates Avenue to the corporation limit.

Hendrickson spoke of adding alternates to the asphalt paving project to include Wayne Street from Sixth to Eighth streets; Maple Street from Harmar to Franklin streets; Timberline Drive from Glendale Road to a private road; and West Spring/Emerald Street from Aurora Street to the dead end.

Adding the alternates to the contract would increase the cost by $174,000, he said.

Tucker also spoke with council about modifications to the Start Westward Phase 1 contract between the city and the Ohio Department of Transportation.

He said the council passed a resolution to primarily use American Rescue Plan Act funds for the project. There was an invoice from ODOT and legislation would need to be passed to send the $226,005.50 in funds to ODOT.

Councilwoman Susan Boyer asked if they paid that amount, but the project wasn’t completed, would they get their money back. Tucker said it was completely city funded, so any unused funds would return, although ODOT can take a long time to do a complete accounting and send back funds.

Marietta Fire Chief C.W. Durham brought the matter of a new ladder truck to the council.

He said the new truck would have an 18 to 24 month delivery at a cost of $1.702 million. The price would be good until June 6, when the anticipated price would increase more than $50,000. The price would increase again in July.

He said it would be a 12-year lease to own option.

“We’ve maintained our current ladder truck for 30 years,” Durham said.

The lease price would cost the fire department $186,000 per year. He said they were anticipating paying that as they were planning to get a new truck.

Councilwoman Cassidi Shoaf said it would cost less in the long run to go with a 7- or 10-year option instead of 12 years, but Durham said the $186,000 in payments would allow them to maintain and purchase any additional if needed through the fire levy.

Michele Newbanks can be reached at mnewbanks@mariettatimes.com.

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