LIMA — The four “Welcome to Lima” signs greeting city visitors are getting an upgrade this week, thanks to a donation by the Basement Doctor.
After washing down the limestone signs last week, crews finished the job Thursday by spreading mulch and planting lilacs and peonies nearby as a way to give back to the community, Basement Doctor owner John Clements said.
“We don’t exist without the community,” Clements said. “I appreciate what they do for us.”
Thanks to a payment protection program grant, the Basement Doctor staff is still working full time, Clements said, but with demand for underground flood mitigation services slowed during the coronavirus pandemic, crews have ended up working more hours than they are needed.
The discrepancy became an opportunity to give back and put into practice the company’s culture of service. Clements reached out to Parks and Rec Department Director Ric Stolly to see if the city needed a few volunteers, and officials eventually directed him to the signs.
“And I said, ‘Sure, We’ll take it on,’” Clements said.
While Basement Doctor is providing the manpower, Resource Mulch, Lowe’s and Stratton Greenhouses helped provide supplies, Clements said.
The final plans include washing down the signs and adding flowers to the two locations with nearby planters, which include the sign at the intersection of Hanthorn and St. Johns roads and the sign near Schoonover Pool on Findlay Road.
When finished, Clements said he hopes the updated signs provide a good first impression for those who may be visiting Lima.
“We’re blessed to be working,” Clements said. “We were declared an essential business. We might as well be working.”
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