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Marietta City Council’s finance committee met Monday to continue talks on American Rescue Plan Act funding.

Friends of the Museum board member Jean Yost gave a presentation to the council, asking for funds for different museum projects.

He said the board has worked for a decade on a new Ohio River Museum, which will expand the space from 5,000 square feet to 24,000 square feet. He said they’ve already doubled the attendance at the museum.

“We’re $600,000 short of starting (the project),” Yost said.

The new Ohio River Museum is part of a bigger museum improvement and expansion. He asked the council to consider funding $300,000, as the board will be able to improve streets, parking and sidewalks as part of the overall project.

Finance Committee Chair Mike Scales told the council they have received more fund requests than they have funds.

“We’re $1,200,000 short to take care of everyone at this time,” he said. “That said, we’re going to have to make some cuts.”

They’ve received requests for:

¯ $710,000 from Marietta Main Street for downtown building care and maintenance, small business assistant and support, operational support and long-term investments, and downtown enhancement and infrastructure.

¯ $98,200 from Peoples Bank Theatre for ADA access and loading docks, Third Street signage, the cleaning and sealing of roof gutters, and fiber optic cable installation and networking.

¯ $65,000 from Ely Chapman for ADA compliant inclined platform lift and the replacement of kitchen and cafeteria flooring.

¯ $30,500 from Washington County Historical Society for ADA accessibility and entrance into the Anchorage.

¯ $75,000 from Players Theatre.

¯ $120,900 from The Castle Museum.

¯ $150,000 from Friends of Museum.

Scales has requested a cut-off date for non-governmental organizations to have requests submitted by Oct. 31.

Council also discussed its fleet lease program.

Several city vehicles need to be replaced. It was requested that 20 vehicles be leased.

Marietta Assistant Safety-Service Director Bill Dauber said buying vehicles outright is no longer done, as they need to be updated often.

Councilwoman-at-large Cassidi Shoaf questioned the actual costs of vehicles versus the quoted cost. Dauber and Mayor Josh Schlicher said most of the increased cost was due to aftermarket work done on police and fire vehicles.

Scales asked that instead of leasing 20 new vehicles, only 10 be leased.

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