Construction to start on Marietta armory

MARIETTA – The contractor for the second phase of construction on Marietta’s National Guard Armory building is hoping to complete the roofing and structural repairs long before the contract’s deadline.

“This is a 110-day contract, but it should be done much more quickly; the contractor is hoping to be done in about eight weeks,” Marietta engineer Joe Tucker told city council’s finance committee members Thursday.

He said E. Lee Construction of Delphos, which won the $651,250 armory contract, is ready to move on site and should be starting the work by Wednesday, weather permitting.

Pickering Associates of Parkersburg will be providing construction administration and design services for the project at a total cost of $49,645.

Tucker said the majority of the construction administration cost, around $30,000, will be paid out of a U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Economic Development Initiative (EDI) grant. The remaining money will come out of the Gutberlet armory trust fund.

Also on Thursday, city auditor Sherri Hess announced the city had received another $10,500 in funding for neighborhood stabilization.

She said the funding comes from money left over or not spent by cities that participated in the 2009 Neighborhood Stabilization Program, funded by that year’s American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

Marietta also participated in the program and used the funding to demolish more than 23 blighted properties.

Finance committee chairman Tom Vukovic, D-4th Ward, said the funding would be put toward more stabilization efforts.

The Marietta-Washington County Convention and Visitors Bureau submitted a draft memorandum of understanding with the city, agreeing to donate any hotel and motel tax revenues back to the city once that income surpasses the CVB’s 2013 budgeted amount of $480,865.

A similar agreement for the final three months of 2012 brought more than $27,000 into the city’s general fund.

The city splits the monthly 6 percent hotel and motel tax 50/50 with the CVB. The tax is expected to generate at least $960,000 in revenue during 2013.

Vukovic called the CVB agreement “generous.”

“We’ll see monies going into our general fund at the end of the year, when we really need it most,” he said.