Lima City Council to consider joining opioid case

By Josh Ellerbrock -

LIMA — Lima City Council will be considering entering into a contract with Lima law firm Cory, Meredith, Witter & Smith to join the 465 opioid-related cases consolidated in Cleveland under U.S. District Judge Dan Polster during its Monday night meeting.

The local firm would communicate the extent of the opioid problem in the region to Cleveland firm Spangenberg, Shibley & Liber, who was named by the court as lead co-liasion counsel for all 465 plaintiffs.

Allen County Commissioners will be considering a similar contract in future months, according to Allen County Prosecutor Juergen Waldick.

The agreement would not cost Lima any money out of pocket as the firms participating in the case would collect a contingency fee from any fund recovery.

City Council will also consider:

• Entering into a contract with Cameo Global for the installation of voice recognition software that would allow Lima residents to pay their bills by phone.

• Allowing a 10-year, 100-percent tax abatement for the renovations of apartment housing at 131 North Elizabeth Street, or the Metro Center, to begin later this year. The redevelopment of the former office space is estimated to cost $5 million. The tax abatement would be reduced to 50 percent if 80 percent of the space is rented.

• Entering into contract with with two construction companies that will build the underpass on Elm Street at the Indiana and Ohio Railway and the roundabout at the intersection of Elm Street and Bellefontaine Avenue.

• Beginning the expansion of Simmons Field Park made possible by a land parcel gifted through the Lima Legionnaires Community Charities, Inc.

• Accepting a grant that pays for new playground equipment at Lincoln Park.

By Josh Ellerbrock

Reach Josh Ellerbrock at 567-242-0398.

Reach Josh Ellerbrock at 567-242-0398.

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