LIMA ó In a split vote, City Councilís Public Works Committee approved a $30,000 plan for landscaping and maintenance in the cityís downtown.
Earlier this year, the city included $30,000 in the budget for the maintenance but delayed spending it until the Public Works Committee discussed how the money would be spent.
On March 14, Chairman and 1st Ward Councilman Kurt Neeper and committee member 5th Ward Councilwoman Teresa Adams disagreed on the plan. The third committee member, 6th Ward Councilman Derry Glenn, was not present. As a result, Adamsí motion to approve the administrationís plan failed for lack of a second.
On Monday, with all three members present, Adams again made her motion that she and Glenn voted for; Neeper voted no. The city will use seasonal labor and a city employees to water and maintain landscaping and to pick up trash this spring and summer between Spring, North, Union and Elizabeth streets. The city will evaluate the plan at the end of the season.
Neeper wanted the city to maintain the portion that is designated a city park, Town Square, with boundaries of Elm, High, Union and Elizabeth streets.
The Gardeners of Lima have in recent years planted flowers downtown. As the city has relied on other volunteers to water and weed, the results to maintain whatís been planted have been uneven. Public Works Director Howard Elstro said the city administration receives regular calls complaining about the condition of the landscaping downtown.
Downtown Lima Inc. has advocated for help with the upkeep of the downtown through the summer, especially after the city renovated the Streetscape two years ago.
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