Council agenda: grants, bonds and contracts

By Josh Ellerbrock -

LIMA — Lima City Council will be considering grant applications to be sent to the Ohio Public Works Commission for infrastructure improvements across the city when it meets Monday night.

Grant requests on the docket could potentially fund various street resurfacing throughout Lima, the realignment of the intersection of Jackson Street and Findlay Road, sidewalk connection improvements on Sugar Street, road improvements to Wayne and High streets and storm sewer improvements on Melrose Street.

Ohio Public Works Commission grants awarded this past year funded the replacement of a bridge on Slabtown Road, West Elm Street improvements in Bluffton, Central Avenue and Elm Street intersection improvements in Lima, construction of the Pevee Road culvert in Jackson Township and updates to Lafayette’s water distribution system.

In related news, council will also be considering:

• A resolution to memorialize the late Pastor Edward Louis Tibbs.

• Authorization of the issuance and sale of sanitary sewer system refunding revenue bonds worth $7.7 million.

• Entering the city into multiple contracts for multiple capital purchases and professional services. Examples include purchases of two police SUVs each costing $36,985, engineering services concerning a sewer rehabilitation project costing $259,000 and the purchase of a John Deere tractor costing $62,000.

• Expansion of cleaning services to align with the additional space opened up by Hall of Justice upgrades.

• Amendments to multiple sections of the city’s codified ordinances to shift the responsibilities of zoning code enforcement to the department of community development.

• Official reports by Maj. Pat Coon presenting the Lima Police Department 2017 Annual Report and Director of Community Development Susan Crotty presenting an update on the activities on the city’s land bank.

By Josh Ellerbrock

Reach Josh Ellerbrock at 567-242-0398.

Reach Josh Ellerbrock at 567-242-0398.

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