Norwood residents bring concerns to Marietta City Council

MARIETTA – Marietta City Council heard Thursday from numerous Norwood residents surrounding Grandview Avenue, Aurora Street and Quarry Street.

“The city brought me a road closed sign on Dec. 26 last year,” explained Jeff Schultheis, of 116 Grandview Ave.

Schultheis’ property is cut through by a formerly used portion of Grandview and has been a consistent topic brought before council by Jim Bennett in recent months.

But four other residents of the Norwood neighborhood said the property and road prior to closure were magnets for drug activity and illegal trash dumping.

Schultheis said middle school students are welcome to walk through his property as a short-cut to school, but noted that with the closure tossed hypodermic needles are no longer an issue.

In regular business, the legislative body also passed one piece of old business and new legislation Thursday.

* Ordinance 238: Authorizing funds to purchase a specialized backhoe for tight space work within the public facilities and parks.

* Ordinance 241: Authorizing minimum adjustments to council salaries to maintain eligibility for the state public employee retirement program.

* Resolution 74: Authorizing Sam Gottfried to execute an Eagle Scout project providing signage and other improvements to the city’s dog park.

* Resolution 76: Authorizing cooperation with the Ohio Department of Transportation for resurfacing and surrounding upgrades for Lancaster Street following this year’s waterline replacement.

Council will vote on Resolution 75, authorization to accept the donation of a swing along Ohio Street and the River Trail at its first September regular business meeting.

“There are several benches and a couple swings already along the trail there,” explained Councilwoman Cindy Oxender. “If anyone wants to voice a concern about the concentration there, we’ll have one more reading before voting.”

Finance Chairman Mike Scales also rescheduled the Community Development Block Grant review in Finance Committee for Aug. 28 at 6 p.m.

The remainder of council’s schedule through the rest of August can be found at mariettaoh.net/index.php/calendar.

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