Lima Council to take third look at 2018 contract labor

By Craig Kelly -

LIMA — In the last Lima City Council meeting for 2017, scheduled for 7 p.m. at the Lima Municipal Building, council members will take one more look at several 2018 city contract labor positions up for approval.

Council has voted several contract ordinances down over its past two meetings, citing a concern over several new council members being saddled with funding contracts in which they had no input.

However, city administrators have voiced concerns over potential impacts on municipal services and economic development initiatives should contracts not be approved before the beginning of the year.

“Just in the month of January, we have 377 inspections for projects,” Public Works Director Howard Elstro said. “It’s about providing good customer service.”

Other contract labor positions that will be considered at this meeting will include a housing loan originator and a junk auto vehicle enforcement officer, both of whom would be working with the city’s Community Development Department.

Additionally, council will vote on approving the issuance and sale of just over $1.4 million in bonds for the the Schoonover Dam repair project, as well as granting salvage rights to Habitat for Humanity for six residential structures and one commercial structure set to be demolished for the Elm Street railroad grade separation project.

By Craig Kelly

Reach Craig Kelly at 567-242-0390 or on Twitter @Lima_CKelly.

Reach Craig Kelly at 567-242-0390 or on Twitter @Lima_CKelly.

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