LIMA —Two groups have filed permits requesting use of Town Square corners Feb. 19, the day Gov. John Kasich gives the State of the State speech in Lima to a joint session of the Legislature.
Keith Cheney, chairman of the Allen County Republican Party, and Elizabeth Walters, political director for the Ohio Democratic Party, filed with the city of Lima. At least one other group has asked about using the square, but no one else has filed the required paperwork.
To use Town Square for public assembly, someone must fill out an application and pay the $10 permit fee with the city of Lima’s Building and Zoning Division, which handles permitting for the city. The deadline for Town Square use permits is supposed to be two weeks before the desired date, but city officials expect to be able to handle anything filed by Friday, as Monday is a holiday and city offices are not open.
The southwest corner of the square is not expected to be available. It is home to Veterans Memorial Civic Center, where Kasich will speak.
The Allen County Republican Party plans a welcoming, supportive event on the square, Cheney said, but the details weren't set Monday.
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