Last updated: December 18. 2013 6:21PM - 570 Views
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LIMA — Lima officials spoke on several winter safety topics Wednesday at Mayor Dave Berger’s news conference.

Assistant Utilities Director Mike Caprella said the city urges residents to use facilities such as the reservoirs for winter fun.

“The slopes there are great for sledding,” Caprella said. “It is a lot of fun for the family.”

However, Caprella added that residents need to remember to be safe.

“Make sure you are in a place where you won’t slide out into the road,” Caprella said.

Caprella added that snowmobiles, ATVs and four-wheel drive vehicles are not permitted to be used on or near reservoirs. He said that because of the nature of the use of the reservoirs, they are never considered safe for skating.

“We are constantly adding or taking water out of the reservoir,” he said. “We get a lot of calls asking if the reservoir is safe for skating. The city will never determine it as safe. You can be in one section that is frozen, and two feet over it is dangerous.”

That also rules out ice fishing.

Caprella reminded citizens to take precautions for frozen water lines. He said to make sure everyone in the household is aware of where the main shutoff valve is and to make sure it is accessible if you have one. He said damage from water line breaks can be dramatically decreased when the valve is turned off in case of a main water line break.

Officials from the Lima Department of Community Development said in a press release that property owners are reminded to keep snow and ice removed from sidewalks. City ordinance requires that all snow and ice be removed within four hours of daylight after the snow has ceased to fall. Snow is not to be pushed into the street as it impedes traffic. Failure to remove snow and ice may result in property maintenance code violations and could subject residents to unwanted fees and penalties.

The elderly or disabled are encouraged to contact local neighborhood associations if they need help removing snow. For details on neighborhood associations, call 419-221-5177.

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