City Council OKs park power hookups

Marietta City Council approved legislation Wednesday that paves the way for electrical service to finally be installed at East Muskingum Park.

Miracle Electrical Services LLC of Marietta was authorized to install and upgrade power service to the park at a cost of $10,800. An original estimate for the job was $12,000 during a meeting of city council’s lands, buildings and parks committee last week.

Funding will include $9,000 from the city’s Community Development Block Grant entitlement, and the remainder covered by a donation from the Marietta Sweet Corn Festival committee. Some work on the project will also be donated by International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 972.

“This is an indication of how we can get things done by the community working together,” said council president Walt Brothers.

Councilman Harley Noland, D-at large, who chairs the lands, buildings and parks committee, agreed.

“I want to thank everyone who had a hand in bringing electrical service to East Muskingum Park in time for this month’s Marietta Sweet Corn Festival,” he said, adding that other festivals and events requiring electrical service can now also be held in the park.

The annual Sweet Corn Festival will be held July 19 and 20.

City development director Andy Coleman also emphasized the role Sweet Corn Festival committee president Jessie Bigley played in the project.

“Her efforts in bringing everyone together really made this possible,” he said.

In other business Wednesday, council tabled three pieces of legislation for further discussion.

The first measure would repeal the current city code governing peddlers, solicitors and canvassers, and the second would enact a new chapter to include food service vendors in certain areas of the city.

The third tabled ordinance deals with regulations governing obstructions on city sidewalks in front of downtown businesses.

Also on Wednesday, council authorized taking bids for the sale of a surplus 2008 pontoon boat previously used by the city fire department, as well as a 1996 Ford ambulance unit, and a 2006 Ford Interceptor from the police department.

Council also authorized a resolution expressing the city’s intent to sell municipal property through internet auction for the 2013 calendar year.

New legislation approved Wednesday included a contract with American Suncraft of Medway to paint the North Hills water tank, and a contract with American Star Painting of Marietta to paint the solids contact tank at the water treatment plant.

A change order for $119,800 was also authorized for additional professional architectural and engineering services from Pickering Associates Inc. of Marietta on the Marietta City Hall renovation design project.