Lima Council busy with money issues

By Josh Ellerbrock -

LIMA — As Thanksgiving approaches, Lima City Councilors encouraged residents to be safe during the holiday after approving a number of administrative bills and related contracts.

Out of the legislation passed Monday, the largest contract was with All-Temp Refrigeration, Inc. for operation and maintenance related to the HVAC systems at both the Hall of Justice and Lima Municipal Center. According to council communications, the $237,040 contract will pay for the “maintaining, monitoring, repairing and replacing HVAC equipment” in the two buildings over a period of five-years.

Other top line contacts include $22,104 to pay for a CCTV security recording server and $57,658 to upgrade 50 workstations throughout 15 city departments.

City council also passed legislation approving a number of grant payments and approvals. Under an Ohio Department of Transportation project that would resurface large sections of State route 117, the city provided $157,886 to fund the local portion of the project, and council approved the administration’s efforts to seek out up to $40,000 in state funds via the Ohio Attorney General Office to buy body armor vests.

Other bills of note approved Monday included a non-discrimination bill and a minor pay increase for councilors.

Under the non-discrimination bill, employers, landlords and business people located within the City of Lima can be pursued in court if they have been found to “discriminate against any person because of such person’s race, color, religion, gender, gender identity, sexual identity, sexual orientation or preference, military status, national origin, disability, age or ancestry” — except in some particular cases.

As for the pay increase, councilors agreed to the annual “cost-of-living” adjustment made to the salaries of local elected officials, which is determined by inflation rates. For 2020, the increase was 1.2%.

As for councilor’s public comments — which are made at the end of every meeting — the group largely stuck to the same message: Have a happy, but safe, Thanksgiving.

“I want to wish everyone a happy Thanksgiving and have a safe holiday and enjoy your families as much as you can.” Council President John Nixon said.

“I want to remind everyone to have a happy and safe Thanksgiving.” Councilor Todd Gordon said. “And to remind people to be good to each other.”

By Josh Ellerbrock

Reach Josh Ellerbrock at 567-242-0398.

Reach Josh Ellerbrock at 567-242-0398.

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