Golf carts, police captains and auctions were discussed Monday at the Marietta City Council committee meeting.
¯ Security Department Director Steve Wetz said four city assets will be auctioned off. The first is a 1983 GMC Sierra 3500 with 10,232 miles. It was used by the police department to tow its police boat, Wetz said.
The vehicle inspection form states that the vehicle is equipped with a front mounted winch, DeeZee tool box and Moritz steel tray. The fair market value is listed at $5,000.
The second asset is a 2002 Ford E350 with 80,737 miles. The fair market value is $4,500 and the vehicle was used by the rescue team.
The third asset is an air compressor with an expected sale price of $5,000, and the fourth is a spray injection patcher with various attachments. The expected sale price is $6,500.
He said council legislation would be needed for the auction because the prices for the items are over $1,000.
¯ Development Manager Daniel Everson said he is working on an ADA sidewalk revitalization project on Lancaster and Virginia streets. He said they had been working on environmental reviews and funds had been approved for the project through a community development block grant.
He said he needed legislation to advertise deals during the construction season “get away from us.”
¯ Washington County Common Pleas Judge John Halliday spoke to council about allowing vehicles that travel under 25 miles per hour, such as golf carts, on city streets .
“It’s becoming more and more ubiquitous across the country,” he said. “Many communities, even in this county. They are treated the same as vehicles.
He said that in Belpre there is a dedicated Washington Boulevard crossing for these vehicles. Ohio’s revised code outlines what is required for safety devices.
“There are a lot of 35 mph streets in this town,” Councilman Mike Scales said, adding that several freeways also come into town.
¯ After an executive session with Police Chief Katie Warden, Councilman Cassidi Shoaf said a second captain position would be created at a cost of $109,000 in salary and benefits. A vacant detective sergeant position will be eliminated for a savings of $102,587.46 in salary and benefits. A part-time clerk position will also be abolished for a saving of $29,363.78.
“This will be a minimum savings of $22,854.38,” she says. The matter will be brought before the full council at its June 16 meeting.
¯ Zoning Enforcement Officer Jim Caldwell spoke to council about going full-time. He says he only works three and a half days in administration and on the road, which does not leave him enough time to do everything.
He said the city’s zoning department is one of the few revenue-generating departments. During the first six months of his job, he brought the department online and in sync with the southeast Ohio building department, he said.
The forms have been redesigned and they have started streamlining the process to make things more user friendly.
He said it was also difficult to meet with other ministries and this slowed down the process.
Caldwell said that sometimes when he leaves on Thursday afternoon, people will have to wait four days to research before he returns to work.
“Zoning is a full-time job,” he said. “I think not having me full time is costing the city money because we’re not generating revenue when I’m not working two days a week.”
Shoaf asked what the difference would be between his part-time salary and a full-time salary with benefits. The question will be studied and discussed at a later meeting.