Resident concerned about Union Street underpass

Holes in beams “you could stuff a cat through”

By Sam Shriver -

LIMA — The safety of the Union Street underpass was brought up by Lima resident David Smith at Monday night’s Lima City Council meeting.

Smith, who had privilege of the floor, voiced concerns that the underpass is deteriorating and is urging action before something bad happens.

“A few years ago I addressed the Union Street underpass. Nothing has been done to address this,” said Smith. “It is so badly deteriorated you could stuff a cat through the holes in the beams. I know that this is the responsibility of the railroad, but what can the city do to address this?”

Smith urged council members to “look at this themselves to see how bad it is.”

Councilor Carla Thompson indicated they are working on the problem.

Smith was also concerned about a housing survey the city commissioned.

He indicated the survey is 10 pages long and has 42 questions. Residents can find the survey online on the City of Lima webpage.

“If you do get a bunch of responses, well done — If you do not get a great response, perhaps this is too long? The experts say put together all that you want then condense it and cut it in half. Then condense it and cut it in half again. They say to get 10 to 12 questions,” said Smith.

Smith questioned whether the survey was even needed.

“Did we not do this a few years ago? I believe that survey was put together in-house,” said Smith.

In other business,

• Council authorized the mayor to enter into a contract with RB Jergens Contractors Inc. for the All-Lima-Wayne Street and High Street Project. That contract is to not exceed $3,337,946.

• Council also approved the purchase of various computer workstations for various departments. The price tag on that purchase was not to exceed $76,646.

• Council authorized the mayor to advertise for bids and enter into a contract for the purchase of audio equipment for the Lima Municipal Court.

• City council discussed a letter sent to Lima trash haulers. There were concerns that some haulers were going out on their routes before 6 a.m.
Holes in beams “you could stuff a cat through”

By Sam Shriver

Reach Sam Shriver at 567-242-0409.

Reach Sam Shriver at 567-242-0409.

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