Lima Council to consider funding smart city project

By Josh Ellerbrock -

LIMA — Lima City Council will consider approval of the roughly $274,000 contract with Utility Metering Solutions to implement the smart city work order and maintenance management project during its regular meeting scheduled for 7 p.m. Monday at the Lima Municipal Building.

The project includes installing fuel depot management software and updating the service request portal that will eventually be made available to the public after it has been tested internally.

Chief of Staff Sheretta Smith said the city already has an app where city residents can point out potholes and request work orders, but the upgraded system will be more responsive and provide feedback on the status of city projects. In other words, instead of sending a message without a response, the new app will let individuals know in real-time what the result of the request may be.

The initiative will also result in better data collection concerning city services. Smith gave an example of overlaying location data onto work orders which could show how many projects are completed in each ward of the city.

“The whole smart cities project is about using information and communication technology to increase our operational efficiency, share information with public and improve government services,” Smith said.

In related news, city council also received a communication from the city’s human resources department about the zero tolerance policy regarding racial slurs that was proposed by Councilor Jamie Dixon during council’s July 23 meeting. Dixon said individuals who use such slurs should be terminated.

The council communication explains that the city has had a zero tolerance policy concerning harassment since 1997, although discipline for the action does not necessarily mean a city worker will be terminated.

According to the memo by Director of Human Resources Vince Ozier, “the City retains the right to terminate where there is a violation in its discretion. This approach is in line with best practices as recommended by human resource professionals and the Society for Human Resource Management.”

The Human Resources Committee is scheduled to discuss the proposed racial slur zero tolerance policy at 5 p.m. Tuesday in council chambers.

City council will also be considering:

• Purchasing security equipment for the second and third floors for the Allen County Regional Transport Authority building to protect the municipal court prosecutors and city law department after they relocate to the building.

• Authorization to participate in a reverse competitive auction process for the city’s electric supply.

• Accepting a $4,900 donation from the Lima Sertoma Noon Club for installation of irrigation system for the area around the Sertoma Shelter House at Faurot Park.

• Approval for the retirement of the K-9 unit, Diego, who was diagnosed with degenerative myelopathy of his the spinal cord. Patrol Officer Amy Glanemann will be adopting Diego.

By Josh Ellerbrock

Reach Josh Ellerbrock at 567-242-0398.

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