By Lance Mihm firstname.lastname@example.org
February 22, 2014
LIMA — City Council will vote on legislation to approve a contract to receive funds for demolition work throughout Allen County at its Monday meeting.
Mayor David Berger wants to enter a contract with the Ohio Attorney General’s office to receive $30,877 for demolition work in the city of Lima and various other entities throughout the county. Lima is serving as recipient and will disburse the other funds. Lima will receive a minimum of $7,500 of the funds.
An ordinance to contract with Spherion Inc. to provide contract labor and assistance with the duties of purchasing manager and account supervisor will finally likely pass on its third reading. Another ordinance contracting with Spherion to provide home loan originator services faces its second reading but likely will have to go for a third vote, as the same three councilors voted “no” on its first reading.
City officials have said the use of the temporary service provider saves the city money, but councilors Jesse Lowe II, Derry Glenn and Todd Gordon voted “no” on the ordinance the first two times it was read. The “no” votes left the ordinance a vote short of the two-thirds requirement of passage before the third reading. The three no-voters have voiced their disapproval of use of temporary service agencies for city work.
The city will look to repair sidewalks for several residents that failed to do so with a resolution during the meeting.
The resolution states notifications were sent to 195 residents last spring, telling them they had deficient sidewalks. A total of 134 locations still have not complied with the repairs.
A draft ordinance to establish a policy for honorary street names in the city will be voted on by the council.
The Lima Traffic Commission reviewed the process and has forwarded it to the council for approval. Applicants will now have to include a parcel map, a typewritten statement, a petition of support and an undetermined processing fee with the application.
A resolution honoring Aree Napier will be voted on by the council.
The resolution states the community was saddened by Napier’s death on Jan. 24. Napier had moved to Lima from Alabama and had lived in Lima for more than 50 years, serving as secretary and treasurer at New Hope Missionary Church. Napier served on several other nonprofit boards in the area.
Council will vote on legislation to apply for a grant for a Fire Department grant.
The grant comes from the Ohio EMS grant program and is used for medical equipment and training. The $2,500 grant does not require matching funds.
An old fire truck no longer in use by the department will go up for sale if approved by the council.
The 1992 Sutphen Fire Engine has nearly 100,000 miles, according to fire chief Mark Heffner. The vehicle has been removed from service and is in need of extensive repair. The open cab design is non-compliant with NFPA regulations.