LIMA — Lima City Council has the option of pushing forward three separate park projects — Lincoln Park’s inclusive playground project, the South Jackson community garden project and the Rotary’s downtown amphitheater project — during its Monday night meeting.
Each of the three initiatives are close to beginning construction and require council to approve some legal paperwork before breaking ground.
Before the city constructs an inclusive playground accessible to children with both physical and mental disabilities at Lincoln Park, the city first needs to make some improvements at the site by adding a parking lot, sidewalks and perimeter fence for the area. During Monday night’s meeting, council will consider an ordinance that would enter the city into contract with the company that its to be responsible for that early construction phase, which is estimated to cost $69,000.
Council will also be considering a lease agreement concerning The Ohio State University’s initiative to install a community garden and food resource center on a plot on South Jackson Street near the Ottawa River. The city currently owns the vacant plot, and the Lima Area Chamber Foundation will be leasing out the space for a proposed $1 annually for the university’s use.
Known as the South Jackson Community Garden, the park will provide a space for the university to focus on food education, food accessibility, food preparation training and community/urban gardening. Initial plans for the garden include the construction of a parking area, drive, garden beds and a shelter house.
The third and final park development on council’s agenda is allowing the vacation of an alley between the two properties where the Rotary’s downtown amphitheater is expected to be built southeast of Town Square. That project is scheduled to clear the land on those properties this upcoming summer.
Other items on council’s agenda include:
• Terminating the tax abatement contract between the city and Jhadervick LLC due to lack of job creation and payments to Lima City schools.
• The second reading of an ordinance setting up a citizens review board that would make recommendations on community development block grant allocations..
• Entering into contract with Middletown Ford for the purchase and modification of a SWAT van.
Reach Josh Ellerbrock at 567-242-0398.