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The Marietta City Council convened for a quick regular meeting Thursday night, with only a handful of agenda items to discuss.

Marietta resident Ari Gold spoke to council about his concerns about schools, safety and infrastructure in the town. He said with the city having $18 million in the bank, some of the concerns could be resolved.

Finance Chairman Mike Scales said later in the meeting that people don’t realize the city is bound by Ohio laws and every penny is spoken. He said they are required to follow Ohio’s revised code.

Councilor Geoff Schenkel asked to remove orders 2 and 3 from the table. The orders relate to the proposed vertical signage above the marquee of the Original Pizza Place on Second Street.

He said there will be a public meeting about it at 5:30 p.m. Feb. 3 at Gilman United Methodist Church.

Scales said there will be a meeting on Jan. 31 regarding funding for the American Rescue Plan Act. He said there were more than 400 pages of new guidelines on how the money can be spent and he hopes to use it for playgrounds and recreation. Neighborhood sub-committees will be set up to discuss the needs or wants of each neighborhood.

A list of credits was read and Scales said there were unrestricted ARPA funds at the end of the year that were segregated into multiple accounts.

“It’s an accounting item that we have to do with the State of Ohio,” he said.

Two of the amounts relate to the Marietta Rail Trail. Approximately $19,000 will be used for the landslide and pile wall failure and $50,000 will be used for the replacement of the sanitary sewer pump station.

The next regular council meeting will be February 3 at 7:30 p.m. in room 10 of the Armoury.

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In short :

¯ The public meeting regarding vertical signage will be held on February 3 at 5:30 p.m. at Gilman UMC.

¯ ARPA funds were allocated for several things, including the railroad landslide.

¯ The next council meeting will take place on February 3 at 7:30 p.m. at the armoury.

Source: Marietta Town Hall.

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