MARIETTA - Marietta City Council members thanked council clerk Theresa Taylor for her service during Taylor's last regular city council meeting Thursday. At the end of this month she'll be transfering into the city law director's office.
"This is Theresa's last official session, and we thank her for a job well done in representing us through thousands of pieces of legislation over the last couple of years," said Councilman Michael Mullen, I-at large, who chairs the employee relations committee.
Taylor, a native of Akron, took on the duties of council clerk in July 2011.
Approximately 30 people have reportedly applied to fill the council clerk position, and the employee relations committee is scheduled to meet in executive session today to consider applicants.
In other business Thursday, council approved advertisement for a 10-year lease of the Lock 1 lockmaster's house next to the National Guard Armory on Front Street in exchange for renovations and maintenance on the facility.
The lease is held by the Marietta Rowing and Cycling Club whose members have been using the building for club meetings and activities in exchange for keeping the historic lockhouse maintained at club expense.
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Marietta City Council's streets, finance and lands, buildings and parks committees will meet at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday in the second floor conference room at 304 Putnam St., followed by a utilities committee meeting at 3 p.m., an employee relations meeting at 3:30 p.m., and another streets committee session from 4 to 6 p.m.
"This group has shown a lot of diligence in cleaning and repairing the facility, and they are putting it to good use," said Councilman Harley Noland, D-at large, who chairs the lands, buildings and parks committee.
Noland urged his fellow council members to approve the legislation.
Also on Thursday, council authorized a change order of $16,466 for additional engineering design work by Jobes Henderson and Associates of Newark on the third phase of the city's River Trail project.
With previous change orders totaling $178,638, the change order approved Thursday expands the original engineering and design contract price on the project from $251,154 to $446,258.
The third phase will extend the River Trail along the Ohio River from its terminus at Fourth and Ohio streets to the east side of Duck Creek.
At the end of Thursday's meeting council members expressed condolences to Noland for the passing of his mother, Ethel May Noland, who died Nov. 8 at the age of 92.