Marietta City Council introduces ordinances

MARIETTA — Marietta City Council introduced nine ordinances and three resolutions as new legislation Thursday.

Ordinances 37-39 and Resolutions 14-16 advanced after the following reviews of pending legislation:

* The final reading of Ordinance 9, codifying the additional duties of human resource management to the assistant safety-service director position.

The legislation passed unanimously Thursday.

* Ordinances 11-19 saw second readings Thursday, relating to the proposed changes for parking and traffic laws within city limits.

“I’d invite the public to attend,” said Police and Fire Chairman Bill Gossett, noting Monday’s public meeting to discuss the changes scheduled for 6:30 p.m. in room 10 of the Armory, 241 Front St.

* Ordinance 23, creating seven temporary seasonal positions for labor supplementation this year also passed Thursday, suspending the final reading.

“We are wanting to start our seasonal workers earlier in than we have in the past,” said Employee Relations Chairwoman Cassidi Shoaf.

She said the advance hire allows the city’s present staff to implement training prior to the warmth of spring.

“Funding-wise, we aren’t changing that at this time,” said Shoaf. “We know that the administration will do their best in managing (spending) through the end of the season… We hope that residents will be able to see a noticeable difference in how the (city-owned) grounds are kept.”

* Ordinances 31 and 32, regarding financial appropriations concerning the Marietta City Harbor, also saw second readings but no further action Thursday.

New business:

* Ordinances 37-42 introduced formal cost allocations for the city’s general fund contributions to the following funds in 2020:

* Water Fund

* Sewer Fund

* Capital Improvement Fund

* Streets Fund

* Fire Levy Fund

The ordinances propose adjustments to the longstanding practice of a past cost allocation study used by former administrations. None of the ordinances saw further discussion Thursday but will be the topic of review during the scheduled Finance Committee meeting on March 2 at 3 p.m. in the second-floor conference room of 304 Putnam St.

* Ordinance 43 introduced the 2020 aquatic center rates for season passes and rentals.

The legislation saw no further action Thursday.

* Ordinance 44, an appropriation introduction, saw both the second and third readings suspended Thursday.

The legislation unanimously passed, appropriating $9.692.30 to the buildings and other structure line item and $40,589.62 to the capital outline line item within the capital improvement fund.

Finance Chairman Mike Scales explained that the changes were to supply funds for a new ADA-compliant door on the ground floor of the Armory and to resupply the emergency capital funds for the city administration after purchase of the new Ventrac and small equipment purchases at the beginning of the year.

It also appropriated $8,160 for additional project management of the ongoing Wastewater Treatment Plant renovations.

* Ordinance 45 introduced a proposed vacation of an alley between Euclid Place and Grandview Avenue. No further action was taken on the legislation Thursday.

* Resolution 14 introduced a routine authorization by the city for Washington-Morgan Community Action to administer the annual Community Housing Impact and Preservation (CHIP) program. The resolution saw no further action Thursday.

* Resolutions 15 and 16, both passed unanimously after first readings Thursday, authorize the city administration to apply for a Safety Intervention Grant for the Marietta Fire Department and to utilize the grant funds for safety equipment if the grants should be awarded.

The grant deadline is March 31, 2020.

In other business:

Mayor Josh Schlicher also noted that the Armory will be closed today and through the weekend for painting.

“Please be patient, hopefully by Monday’s business time things will be opened back up,” said the mayor.

The legislative body was also formally notified of the planned closure of the Historic Harmar Walking Bridge by the nonprofit Harmar Bridge Company spokesman Chuck Swaney.

Council will next host a public meeting on the parking and traffic ordinance changes on Monday, beginning at 6:30 p.m. in room 10 of the Armory, 241 Front St.

Council is next scheduled to convene for committees on Feb. 26 at 4 p.m. for Streets Committee and Employee Relations Committee. Those committees will meet in the second-floor conference room of 304 Putnam St.

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