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LIMA — City Council will see legislation Monday authorizing part of a renovation at Lima Municipal Court.

The ordinance the council will vote on Monday is for an architectual contract for $43,000. However, the overall project is estimated at $400,000. The project consists of renovating both municipal courtrooms’ fixtures, systems and technologies; carving out two new offices from one courtroom; and some renovations to the clerk’s office, according to a letter from city Law Director Tony Geiger.

The construction won’t happen until the fall, after the project has been bid, Geiger said. The funding for the work comes from the court’s Special Project Fund. No city General Fund money is involved in the project.

The Special Project Fund is controlled by the court, but authorization from the council is required because of changes to a city-owned building and disbursements through the city Auditor’s Office.

Municipal Court is jointly funded by the city and county, among other sources. The court is a busy place. In 2012, more than 13,000 new criminal and traffic cases were filed and more than 4,500 civil cases were filed.

In other business, the council will:

•Receive a communication regarding a new three-year contract with the park rangers.

•Vote on legislation adding new income tax incentives for businesses locating downtown.

•Vote on legislation authorizing the mayor to apply for the Ohio Attorney General’s Moving Forward grant, which would provide more than $100,000 to Lima for up to 40 residential demolitions in the city.

•Vote on legislation contracting with Allen County Soil and Water Conservation District for storm water utility services.

•Vote on legislation accepting donations and purchasing property for Phase 5 of the Lima Bikepath.

•Vote on a resolution memorializing John Rudolph.

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