Plenty of ideas for CDBG funds

Funds for medical equipment and preservation of an historic city monument were among requests submitted during the second of two meetings to obtain public input about the use of Marietta’s 2015 Community Development Block Grant entitlement.

Sam Kelly with the Marietta Youth League and Bantam League asked for $3,000 to pay for two defibrillators that could be used in emergency situations during ball games or other community events.

“We had a scare this year when a child was hit by a ball and became unconscious,” he said. “We had EMTs and a paramedic, but they didn’t have the equipment to use until a rescue unit arrived.”

City Councilman Mike McCauley, D-2nd Ward, suggested using CDBG monies to preserve the Start Westward Monument in East Muskingum Park.

The statue, carved from local sandstone by famed Mount Rushmore sculptor Gutzon Borglum and dedicated in 1938 by President Franklin D. Roosevelt, has fallen into disrepair.

He recommended building a roof and glass enclosure over the monument to prevent the sandstone from eroding away, and said the project cost would still have to be determined

Councilman Harley Noland, D-at large, also submitted a CDBG request for $25,000 on behalf of Jane Tumas-Serna with Armory Square, Inc.

In a letter read by Noland, Tumas-Serna said the money would be used for the ongoing armory renovation project that would benefit the community through encouraging economic development downtown and the promotion of tourism as the facility is to serve as a transportation hub.

The letter also suggested the CDBG funds could be used to provide Americans with Disabilities Act-compliant public restrooms at the armory.

Marietta Community Development Director Andy Coleman also read from a list of requests that had been submitted from people who could not attend Monday’s meeting.

Those included a request from the Washington County Commissioners and Community Action for $37,000 to support the local public transit Community Action Bus Line system.

Another $11,850 was requested by the Sweet Corn Festival Committee to help pay for the second phase of installing electrical service at East Muskingum Park to be used during the Sweet Corn Festival and other events.