Lima housing study to start next month

By Sam Shriver -

LIMA — Lima City Council approved a resolution to evaluate Lima’s housing stock Monday night.

Harsany & Associates, of Westerville, was granted a contract for $18,400 to do the study.

The plan will look at current substandard housing conditions as well as blight in neighborhoods and what needs to be addressed in the future.

“What we’re really looking at doing here is an overall assessment of the housing conditions in the city,” said Susan Crotty, Community Development Director for the City of Lima. “We are going to evaluate conditions throughout the city and then determine strategies for addressing those issues.”

The study should begin within the next month and should be wrapped up early next year.

Also, a new waste hauler will be taking over the city’s refuse and garbage collection contract.

Rumpke of Ohio Inc. has purchased Wright Refuse, the current waste hauler. Bob Havenga, regional vice president for Rumpke, says residents shouldn’t notice any changes in service.

“We will have the same employees here, the same people answering the phones, same people managing the drivers. We really will strive to make it as seamless as possible,” Havenga said.

During privilege of the floor, council heard from Lima resident Ada Mason. She is concerned that there aren’t procedures set for investigations into animal abuse after normal business hours.

Carla Thompson, 3rd ward councilor, says the issue needs addressed.

“I was attacked by a dog that got loose, me and my dog were attacked, and it was in the evening,” Thompson said. “There was nobody to call. I called the police department, and they tell you to call the dog warden, and the dog warden is county. We’ve got to have something that’s consistent. We’re actually working with the dog warden, and there’s something for after-hours when these kinds of things come up.”

Jon Neeper, 7th Ward councilor, referred the matter to the Neighborhood Concerns Committee for further study.

Sgt. Curtis Hile, of the Lima Police Department, gave council an update on the recently completed Star Spangled Spectacular. He reported that $10,500 was spent on security at the event.

Sharetta Smith, Chief of Staff for the City of Lima, gave council an update on the Abandoned Gas Station Program. Eligible property owners that qualify for the remediation program have been sent letters concerning details of the program. The process could take up to three years to complete.

Lima council also approved a 12-year, 75% tax exemption for T-K Sarno LLC, so it can renovate a building at 207 S. Central Ave. That location will become the home of the Legacy Arts District, including Legacy Sounds and Rustgaze Records, Alter Ego Comics and Shop For Good.

By Sam Shriver

Reach Sam Shriver at 567-242-0409.

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