Tech department measure faces 2nd reading

By Josh Ellerbrock -

LIMA — Lima City Council’s may have a short agenda for its Monday night meeting, but the conversation over the administration’s efforts to appoint a chief technology officer may keep the session interesting.

After multiple meetings, council members are no closer to giving the mayor authority to appoint a new cabinet level position that would head a new department tasked with overseeing major technology projects.

Opponents of the initiative have expressed worry about the position lacking civil service protections when a new mayor is elected. Others have referenced concerns about the financial burden.

Those advocating for the ordinance challenge the benefits of civil service protections for an unproved department head and say the cost will be worth the efficiencies seen after streamlining the city’s technology infrastructure.

During Monday’s evening meeting, the original ordinance proposed by the city administration under Mayor David Berger will go before the board for a second reading.

In related news, council will also consider:

• Giving a 50 percent tax abatement to Sulai Hospitality, Inc., which “intends to invest approximately $7.4 million in construction and furnishing” of a new hotel. The abatement would last for 12 years.

• Entering into contract with Civica Creative Microsystems, Inc. to pay for the software used in police cruisers — a $35,579 cost

• Transferring duties of city zoning code administration to the department of community development

• Levying special assessments for property maintenance code violations

By Josh Ellerbrock

Reach Josh Ellerbrock at 567-242-0398.

Reach Josh Ellerbrock at 567-242-0398.

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