Council to consider funding parking study

By Josh Ellerbrock -

LIMA — Lima City Council will be considering paying for a portion of a downtown parking study being pursued by Downtown Lima, Inc. during its Monday night meeting.

The study had been briefly discussed by council members earlier this month after the issue of weekend parking enforcement was brought to the city’s safety services committee.

At that time, Ray Magnus, business partner with councilor Sam McLean, had called for a moratorium on weekend parking enforcement until Downtown Lima, Inc. could finish the parking study. That moratorium was officially granted at a later date by the city’s traffic commission at an emergency meeting.

The parking study, to be performed by CT Consultants of Cleveland, would examine the city’s current downtown parking situation, assess land use and consider the needs of potential future downtown development projects, such as the ongoing apartment renovations across from the city municipal building and the planned expansion of Rhodes State College. The City of Lima would provide $32,000 to help pay for the study.

The City of Lima wouldn’t be the only organization funding the study. Downtown Lima, Inc. is seeking additional contributors.

In related news, other items on the council’s agenda include:

• Approving a 2.5 percent cost of living increases for the pay of city council members and the city auditor.

• Passing a resolution supporting Ohio House Bill 160, the Ohio Fairness Act, which amends Ohio’s anti-discrimination laws to include sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression as protected classes.

• Appointing Sean Carpenter to the Lima Civil Service Board.

• Selling and disposing of unnecessary vehicles, a 2006 Dodge Charger and1999 Dodge Ram, as well as several items from the streets, parks, engineering, community development and building divisions due to age and serviceability.

• Entering into contract with Downtown Lima, Inc. and American Athletix.

• Hearing LACNIP ‘s annual report from President Jessie Roark.

By Josh Ellerbrock

Reach Josh Ellerbrock at 567-242-0398.

Reach Josh Ellerbrock at 567-242-0398.

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