City technology dept. on council agenda

By Josh Ellerbrock -

LIMA — To push forward the formation of an enterprise technology department for Lima’s city government, Mayor David Berger has requested Lima City Council to consider legislation establishing the new department during council’s Monday night meeting.

The issue was originally considered by council’s Human Resources Committee. At that time, members of the committee voiced concerns about the appointment process of the chief technology officer that would head the department, and the initiative was sent back to the full council without a recommendation.

Due to a lack of a report by the human resources committee, no action was taken two weeks ago on the initiative.

“Though the Committee’s discussion did not result in a decision to support our request, I had expected that the minutes of the meeting would have been submitted at the Council meeting and a follow up discussion held on Sept. 24,” Berger wrote in a memo directed toward council. “I have therefore authorized pertinent legislation for the upcoming Council meeting for your consideration and action.”

Committee members’ most prominent concern with the technology department initiative was how the department director’s position was classified. Under the city charter, department heads are appointed by the mayor, and committee chair Rebecca Kreher said she would like avoid the replacement of the position if a new mayor is elected.

In related news, council will also be considering:

• Entering into contract with Garland DBS Inc to replace the roof of the administration building at the water treatment plant at a $576,166 cost.

• Replacing 90 computers, roughly one-third of all city computers, from the Dell Corporation at a cost of $95,733.

• Purchasing a 2018 Ford Truck from Reineke Ford Lincoln of Lima at a cost of $33,989.

• Pushing forward the Melrose storm sewer improvement project starting with the construction of a storm water detention basin west of the intersection of Melrose Street and O’Connor Avenue.

By Josh Ellerbrock

Reach Josh Ellerbrock at 567-242-0398.

Reach Josh Ellerbrock at 567-242-0398.

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