Next phase of armory renovation could begin soon

More than $650,000 worth of roofing and structural work is expected to begin as early as next week on Marietta’s National Guard Armory building.

E. Lee Construction Inc. of Delphos has been awarded the second phase contract for the armory rehabilitation project for a bid of $651,250.

“The work will include roof replacement, lead paint abatement, removal and storage of the rusted balustrade (surrounding the roof line) and repairs of any holes in the floors to make it safe for anyone walking through the building,” said Marietta Councilman Harley Noland, D-at large.

Chairman of council’s lands, buildings and parks committee, Noland said the project will make the 99-year-old building weather tight, protecting the interior from the elements.

The first phase of the armory project included installation of new doors and windows, followed by the rebuilding of the facility’s front steps which was just completed in late 2012.

Noland said the local Friends of the Armory group would like to see at least three-fourths of the ground floor space finished and separated from the rest of the building which could provide enough room for the building to qualify for an occupancy permit.

He said the permit would open the door for more grant funding to help finish out the armory restoration project.

Another city project, the second phase of Marietta’s skate park, has also been awarded to a contractor.

Grindline Skateparks will construct a “street course” from the current skate park concrete “flow bowl” to the parking lot area at Indian Acres Park. The course will include curbs, benches, and other obstacles for skateboarders.

Grindline submitted a bid of $42,800 for the contract and is expected to begin work early this year. The company also built the flow bowl area which was the first phase of the skate park project in 2009.

On an additional city recreation facility, Noland said council members are considering a multi-year contract for management of the Marietta Aquatic Center this year.

“The contract will be up for bid again soon, but we have so many contracts that have to be re-bid every single year, and it can take a lot of time to pass the legislation which gives bidders limited time to plan ahead for the season,” he said.

City recreation clerk Susan Joyce said the contract would likely be changed to two years, with an option to extend for an additional two-year period.

Professional Pool Management, owned by Mike Bishman of Lowell, has managed the Aquatic Center facilities for the last two years.

Joyce said revenue from the pool totaled $110,021 for the 2012 season.

“That money will be used for needed maintenance this year,” she said. “It will be invested back into the pool for pumps and other upgrades of sliding boards and the pirate ship.”