Marietta's City Mayor Joe Matthews is calling for two public meeting to discuss what to do about two specific topics. An expansion project to the East Muskingum Park and what precautions can or should be taken to restore one of the park's iconic monuments known as "Start Westward of the United States".
WMOA News recently spoke with Mayor Matthews about the specifics on these issues he intends to bring to the attention of the public.
"We're trying to get some input from the public as to what things they'd like to see there and if we can enough money to do whatever we're hoping to do. That's a big make-over more or less of the whole entire park from the Putnam Street Bridge to the Washington Street Bridge more or less."
Mayor Matthew's big concern about the "Start Westward" monument is that because of the harsh climate and environmental conditions of the Mid-Ohio Valley over the last 80 years, the stone that the monument was constructed from is beginning to deteriorate beyond repair.
"Of you course, you know the monument there. We're hoping to get a cover on it one of these days cause we've been told before that unless we put a cover on it we're not going to get any help to preserve it and everything. So we're looking to do that right now, and hopefully, that's what the meetings will be involved in."
The first meeting will be held on Thursday, November 16th, 2017 from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. at the Lafayette Hotel's Sternwheel Room. The second meeting will be held on Monday, November 20th, 2017 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Marietta Armory Square's meeting room.
The input of all of Marietta's citizens is needed to create a Master Plan and the best park experience possible. Please attend and bring your ideas.