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LIMA — City Council will vote Monday on applying for a Safe Routes to School grant application with the Ohio Department of Transportation.

The city and Lima City Schools have worked on the application together. The work would improve areas around Unity and Heritage elementary schools and Lima North and Lima West middle schools. The total project would be $500,000, including a required 20 percent match of $100,000, according to a letter from the city administration. The city would be responsible for the local match; the money would come from Community Development Block Grant funding and permissive tax revenue.

The work would include wheelchair ramps, new sidewalks and sidewalk repair, pedestrian signals, pedestrian flashers, crosswalks and bike racks. If the application is approved, improvements could begin as early as July 2015.

The school district is trying to encourage pupils to walk and bike to school, but wants those routes to be safe. The district has previously held public input sessions on the subject.

In other business, the council will:

  • Hear from Mike Swick, CEO of Lima Memorial Health System, and Bob Baxter, CEO of St. Rita’s Health Partners, on the local impact of Gov. John Kasich’s proposal to expand Medicaid coverage in Ohio.
  • Vote on purchasing a new $450,000 Sutphen fire engine. The request was included in the Fire Department’s capital needs this year, and has received administration and council support.
  • Vote on entering into a contract for the Wales Avenue waterline replacement project.
  • Vote on submitting a transportation alternative application to the Ohio Department of Transportation for bike lanes from Fourth Street to Northern Avenue on Main Street. The estimated cost is $718,000, 80 percent of which would be funded by the federal and state government, and 20 percent through a local match. Lima is competing against other communities for part of $11 million. If funded, the project would include resurfacing, wheelchair ramp improvements and pavement markings. The project would be funded in the state’s fiscal year 2016, which begins in July 2015.

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