Water tower may tout Marietta

“Marietta-Come live the good life-GoodLifeMarietta.com” could soon be the new logo gracing the North Hills water tower, according to a discussion during Wednesday’s meeting of Marietta City Council’s water, sewer and sanitation committee.

“We’re trying to develop a singular brand for the city of Marietta,” said Mark Schwendeman, member of the Marietta Community Foundation Board that has proposed the new logo.

The good life logo is part of a larger effort by the foundation to promote the Marietta community by employing a variety of techniques to “brand Marietta-using its authenticity, richness, and natural treasures-as a desirable small town for living a good and fulfilling life,” and “extend an invitation to come live the good life,” according to the GoodLifeMarietta.com website.

Water, sewer and sanitation committee chairman Mike McCauley, D-2nd Ward, said the North Hills tower is scheduled for repainting later this summer and committee members hope the contractor will be able to add the proposed logo in place of the current “Marietta, Ohio” wording on the water tank.

“We liked the concept,” he said. “The tower can be seen by vehicles traveling along I-77, and travelers can log onto the GoodLifeMarietta.com site that contains information and videos about the city.”

Schwendeman said the GoodLifeMarietta.com site also includes a link to the city’s mariettaoh.net website.

In other business Wednesday, wastewater superintendent Steve Elliott suggested the city have a five-to-six-month study performed on the 20 miles of municipal sewer lines on the west side of the Muskingum River.

He said there are improvements being planned for lift stations and pumps in the west side system, but a “choke point” exists somewhere in the system that causes sanitary sewer overflows during periods of heavy rain.

Elliott said a 1,350-foot, 10-inch diameter sewer main that carries sewerage under the Muskingum to the east side of the river and on to the wastewater treatment plant may be part of the problem, but a study would be needed to verify whether that is an issue.

He said it’s not practical to spend money on upgrades to lift stations and pump stations if the system doesn’t have the capacity to handle the current 200,000 gallons per day of wastewater.

And McCauley noted when the Oak Grove area is tied into the city’s wastewater system, the volume is expected to double to 400,000 gallons a day.

“We want to be able to size the west side system adequately,” Elliott said.

The committee members agreed to pursue a study.

Also on Wednesday, council’s streets and transportation committee members agreed to pursue legislation to enter into a contract with David Haney, managing principal with City Telecommunications Consultants Ltd. of Columbus, to develop a right of way ordinance for the city of Marietta.

Haney had originally worked with the city on a right of way ordinance in 2009, but the measure did not have enough council support to pass.

But just last month city engineer Joe Tucker urged the council members to bring the proposed ordinance back to the table. He said the measure would enable the city to exercise home rule and regulate the activities of utility companies and others that operate within the city rights of way.

City law director Paul Bertram III agreed during Wednesday’s committee meeting.

“The contract would allow Haney to update and get the draft ordinance ready to put into place. I think we need this ordinance,” he said.