LIMA — Lima City Council held its quickest council meeting in years Monday night when the 12 people necessary to hold an official meeting came together online for a blink-and-you-missed it video broadcast on GTV.
Normally, Lima City Council meets every two weeks in council chambers with a sizable audience, but in order to follow state rules against congregrating, council moved the meeting to cyber space and broadcasted it live.
The actual video featured a four by three grid of city officials working through a teleconferenced accelerated agenda – a format recently approved by state lawmakers. During the short meeting, Council President John Nixon and other councilors approved three consent agendas that removed some of the expansive customs — standard multiple voice votes and miscallaneous comments — that can often stretch council meetings to at least an hour length.
For the most part, councilors gave their approval to the ordinances on council’s agenda without any major hiccups. At one point, Councilor Jamie Dixon asked about the procedures in place for the recently created Lima Historic Preservation Board.
Dixon said that underneath the meeting minutes for the board’s last meeting, the board seemed to have approved the historic status of 330 N. Central Ave. — the site of an upcoming brewery — without knowing the duties of the board, but Director of Community Development Susan Crotty, who briefly became the 13th member on screen, said that the board had made its decision with sufficient information and plans were made with Law Director Tony Geiger to make sure that any confusion caused by the minutes would be better clarified.
As for what was actually approved during the meeting, council passed 16 ordinances in one quick fell sweep. At least six of those ordinances — including the historic status approval — had been waiting on council action since March 23.
Other ordinances approved by council include accepting funds from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources to pay for fishing gear to be used during the Star Spangled Spectacular, contracting out janitorial services and landscaping services, as well as approving a contract with Brenneman Excavating Inc. to complete phase 2 of the Melrose Street Storm Sewer Improvements.
The roughly $740,000 project is set to improve storm water drainage near the area of Melrose Street and O’Connor Avenue, or north central Lima.
Jim Morrisey, stormwater manager with the City of Lima, said the project will be separating the stormwater drainage out of the combined sewage systems in the area.
As the project installs new drainage in the area, Morrissey said contractors will be creating new curbs, gutter inlets, driveway curbs and sidewalks throughout portions of the area to help reduce the number of flooded basements in the city throughout the year.
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