LIMA — With three weeks until election day, Lima City Councilors grabbed a few minutes at the end of their Monday night meeting to encourage everyone to get out and vote.
“I, recently in the work to get people registered, encountered quite a few people who feel disenfranchised saying: ‘My vote doesn’t matter,’ or it’s all fixed anyway,’” Councilor Carla Thompson said. “To me that is — I don’t mean to offend people — but it’s lazy. Your vote does count.”
“Get out and vote. Do your research on the subjects. Get out and pick the candidates that are right for you,” Councilor Jon Neeper said.
“Everybody has someone in their ancestry, someone who has served, fought or died to preserve our right to vote. To honor them, cast your vote,” Council President John Nixon said.
Councilor Peggy Ehora encouraged adults to involve children in the political process early to help them participate later in life. She said such things as bringing them to the polls can help introduce them early to civic participation, even though they personally can’t cast a ballot yet.
“I just think if you talk to kids about the process, that helps,” she said.
In related news on Monday night:
• Lima Public Works Director Howard Elstro gave councilors an update on building demolitions within city limits this past year. According to demo permits filed with the city, Elstro said a total of 46 buildings had been demolished,which includes private demos.
Elstro said if the city is able to earmark roughly $500,000 towards demolition, it would be able to take down 61 more which are on the city’s demolition watch-list.
• Councilors approved a number of technology contracts to update some of the software and hardware used by city employees. Purchases include $60,000 for Voice Gateway hardware and Fax Server Solution, $30,000 for Voice Host Server hardware and $28,000 for a three-year subscription for the Barracuda Cloud Archive Service.
• After change-orders extended the time needed to complete the Schoonover Lake dam restoration project, councilors approved the extra $133,325 needed to pay for the work. According to the information received by council, the project had been delayed by nine weeks due to the need to install the dam shear key on better compacted soil.
• Councilors passed a resolution memorializing Ruth Kreher after she had passed in August. Kreher had worked as the program director for the Lima Area Chamber of Commerce from 1970 and 1995 and was an active member in multiple civic service groups throughout the community.
Reach Josh Ellerbrock at 567-242-0398.