Marietta retains Tree City title for 34th year

MARIETTA – For the 34th year in a row, Marietta has been recognized as a Tree City U.S.A., according to an announcement by Mayor Joe Matthews during Thursday’s city council meeting.

“Marietta is the oldest Tree City in Ohio, and we may be the longest-running Tree City in the U.S.,” Matthews said.

The mayor noted that Sunday marks the 225th anniversary of Marietta’s founding and said activities are planned throughout the day in recognition of the landmark event.

In other business Thursday, council unanimously approved a resolution supporting ReStore Marietta’s application for the city’s downtown area to become part of the Heritage Ohio Main Street historic preservation program.

“Main Street is a great formula to keep our downtown area alive,” said Councilman Michael Mullen, I-at large. “You don’t have to travel too far up or down river to see communities that haven’t kept their downtowns alive. This is a great tool to invest in the viability of our downtown.”

Councilman Tom Vukovic, D-4th Ward, agreed.

“And it should be noted that city council appropriated $10,000 out of our annual Community Development Block Grant entitlement to help support ReStore Marietta.”

Councilman Roger Kalter, D-1st Ward, said passage of the resolution of support from council was needed as ReStore Marietta director Mallory Greenham plans to send the application to the Main Street program this month.

Also on Thursday, council approved the purchase of two Ford Interceptor SUV police cruisers at a cost of $34,544 per unit, and a Ford SUV police K-9 cruiser for $36,050 from Statewide Ford of Van Wert, Ohio,

City law director Paul Bertram III said the city did not have to take competitive bidding on the vehicles because the price from Statewide Ford was lower than the price on the official Ohio state bid list.