Council’s agenda features range of projects

By Josh Ellerbrock -

LIMA — Lima City Council’s Monday night agenda includes a number of ordinances approving contracts for a wide range of city projects.

Highlights include amending a $210,000 contract passed last year that would allow the city to create an inclusive playground in Lincoln Park, replacing a 19-year-old garbage truck and spending up to $457,000 for the Smart City Case and Incident management project that involves updating the data shared between safety service departments.

The inclusive playground ordinance would tag an additional $40,000 onto the contract between the City of Lima and American Athletix. Those funds together with a $60,000 donation from Lima Memorial Health Systems would increase the total funds available for the Lincoln Park project to over $300,000.

Inclusive playgrounds are meant to provide accessible play options to those dealing with physical and mental disabilities.

The discussion to replace the city’s old garbage truck has been a re-occurring one over the years due to more than a decade of wear and tear on the vehicle.

When councilors asked what public works capital purchase should be its number one priority in 2019, public works officials quickly named the vehicle. If the ordinance is passed, the 19-year-old vehicle will be replaced with a 2019 Ford Super Duty Multipurpose Modular.

As for the Smart City project, the city’s update would normalize the data used by safety service departments to ensure important information can be more easily and accurately shared and retrieved. Chief of Staff Sharetta Smith is scheduled to present more information on Smart City initiatives during Monday night’s meeting.

Council’s agenda also includes:

• contracting with Bender Communications for the maintenance and repair of two-way radios and with the Allen Soil and Water Conservation District in relation to maintaining minimum control measures

• purchasing two zero-turn movers and a skid-steer loader

• vacating a portion of an alley between 311 and 313 Cole St.

Lima City Council will meet at 7 p.m. Monday at the Lima Municipal Building.

By Josh Ellerbrock

Reach Josh Ellerbrock at 567-242-0398.

Reach Josh Ellerbrock at 567-242-0398.

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