Marietta River Trail to Expand in '09

By: Cathleen Moxley Email
By: Cathleen Moxley Email

City officials in Marietta say the city's budget is set and they're ready to take on new projects.

"It's nice. It's healthy. It's a good thing," Renee Borman, a Marietta resident, said about the River Trail.

Borman says she loves exercising and that the River Trail, a biking and walking path in Marietta, is one of the city's greatest attractions.

"This city has done a fairly good job of spending money to things, recreational things, and I just think this is gonna be good for kids and everybody in the whole community," she said.

And so Borman agrees with the city's plan to use $200,000 and turn it into a million dollar project of expanding the trail by two miles.

"We're adding a great amenity for citizens and we're really using our local dollars to get a great deal of benefit," Mayor Michael Mullen said.

While some say expanding the trail is a good investment, others say they'd like to see the city spend that money in other places.

"A number of things in Marietta need to be fixed, and where as biking is nice, it's a question of priorities," Fred O'Neill, another Marietta resident, said.

And this new project is one priority that O'Neill doesn't put at the top of his list.

"We're in hard economic times, and they're gonna have to be a little more frugal about how they spend their money," he said.

Money from a budget a little tighter in 2009 than year's past.

This addition to the trail is just the second phase.

Mayor Mullen said the city will also plan phase three during 2009.

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  • by Parrothead Location: Marietta on Jan 2, 2009 at 09:50 AM
    What a joke this is and a slap in the face of the tax payers of Marietta and Ohio. We have been fighting in court for years now that our court facilities are not up to code. We have paid millions of dollars in wages, studies, court and attorney fess and still no new court. Now we have “EXTRA” money to throw away on a friging bike path? This should be illegal and those supporting it should be thrown in jail. But wait, that would probably take years because of the condition of our court facilities.
  • by John Location: Marietta on Jan 1, 2009 at 11:49 PM
    I think it's great! I hope it's going towards Reno though. It would cut my bike ride time into work down a lot. One suggestion would be to put mile markers on the path, so I could keep track of my run times. It's about time something was done for those of us adults who work for a living and EXERCISE. Jogging down Rt. 7 is no picnic!
  • by kathy on Jan 1, 2009 at 10:18 AM
    What are you all thinking, use this money to help the low incoome. How about using this money for food pantrys in the area. This would be a great use of the money...
  • by concerned Location: marietta on Dec 31, 2008 at 06:25 PM
    You have got to be kidding. This is most useless way of spending this money. There are alot of things that could be done in this town and they choose to use it for this. I just don;t understand, but for the past few years, I haven't been able to understand anything that Mr. Mullens has done. I think its time to use the money in a more productive way. Just a thought, but maybe use the money on the local parks so the kids of the community have something. But Mr. Mullens is all for the Retired and the people of the higher class community !!
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