LIMA — Lima council’s Monday night meeting agenda is sparse on major legislation, but communications filed with council hint at potential future contention between council and a handful of Lima drinking establishments.
As Lima’s alcohol permits will need to be renewed due to expiration in June, Ohio’s Division of Liquor Control contacted Lima council to ask if the legislating body wished to register objections and request hearings for any permit renewals. While councilors considered filing objections last year, further conversations with business owners helped convince councilors to hold back from registering objections with the state division as long as businesses with the most calls for service worked to correct the issue.
From September 2018 to March 2019, the Lima Police Department identified six establishments with excessive calls for service.
Letters from the city have been sent to J’s American Pub, Ray’s Place, Ketzy’s Bar, North Side Firehouse, Levels Lounge and Harry’s Hideaway to notify those businesses of the excessive calls for service and give them an opportunity to reverse trends. While there have been no major incidents — shootings or stabbings — reported at any of Lima’s establishments in the last six months, LPD identified at least six calls responding to fights in progress at each of the listed establishments in the same time period.
Other items on council’s agenda include:
• Passing a resolution in support of Allen County Regional Transit Authority’s May levy that would increase the county’s sales tax by 0.1 percent to deal with funding issues. RTA Executive Director Shelia Haney is also scheduled to report on the RTA’s status.
• Contracting with Harsany & Associates to extend its consulting services regarding the HOME-funded 43 Town Square project. The project is currently behind schedule.
• Purchasing a backhoe loader at a cost of $110,000.
• Authorizing contracts with the Veterans Memorial Civic & Convention Center for parking services, Fire Safety Services to purchase thermal imaging cameras and govdeals.com to sell four used city vehicles.
• Approving the appointment of Mark Mullenhour to the tax review board.
Reach Josh Ellerbrock at 567-242-0398.