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City Councilor Geoff Schenkel calls the planning, zoning, annexation and housing committee meeting to order on Monday. (Photo by James Dobbs)

Committees of Marietta City Council met on Monday to discuss finances, the purchase of an incinerator and the re-establishment of the Fair Housing Board.

The committees approved eight transfers and credits to be presented at the regular city council meeting on Thursday.

Transfers and credits include:

¯ $ 9,222 to modify the workspace and break room at Town Hall

¯ $ 79,300 to fund the salaries and wages of the staff of the Mental Health Tribunal

¯ $ 46,700 for Mental Health Tribunal benefits

¯ $ 12,000 for contractual services, which include rewards, incentives and transportation

¯ $ 5,000 to replace police car tires for the rest of the year

¯ $ 12,000 for pool supplies and equipment

¯ $ 1,200 for stormwater installation and inspection fees

¯ $ 30,000 for consultation fees based on public records and employment lawsuits

Eric Dowler, Chairman of the Harmar Rowing Club Board of Directors, discussed one of the rowing club’s two leases. Dowler has requested a non-tender renewal of the boathouse lot lease. This lease is in effect until June 30, 2025. The city’s legal director, Paul Bertram, said he did not think this was applicable, but said he would look into the matter.

Sr. Eric Lambert, Project Engineer, has requested permission to request loan assistance from the Ohio Public Works Commission. The loan of $ 147,230 will help modernize the Marietta water treatment plant. This issue will be on the city council’s agenda this week.

The docking arrangement for the American Queen Steamboat Company will continue after Bertram corrects an illegal provision in the document.

No action was taken during the executive session discussing the lawsuit with the Washington County Commission.

During the meeting of the police and the fire brigade, the purchase of an incinerator to dispose of drugs and other accessories was discussed. This was a preliminary discussion and no action was taken.

The Planning, Zoning, Annexation and Housing Committee met to discuss the re-establishment of the Fair Housing Board. Felix Burrows, who was on the board before it went inactive, has spoken out on the matter. Mayor Josh Schlicher said he brought together five members, two who were previously on the board and three new appointments. Discussion on this will take place at the board meeting on Thursday.

The Public Housing Agency’s plan for 2022 will be discussed at a later date.

James Dobbs can be contacted at [email protected]

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