Council hires officer to respond to junk car complaints


By Sam Shriver - sshriver@limanews.com



LIMA — The City of Lima will soon have an officer dedicated to the enforcement of junk vehicle violations and other vehicle violations.

Lima council, on its first reading, approved legislation establishing the position of a part-time Vehicle Enforcement Officer. That position will be filled by an Ohio certified peace officer. The officer will work around 20 hours a week for up to 38 weeks for a total of 760 hours per year. He or she will be employed between March 15 and Dec. 31 and be paid up to $19,650.

Peggy Ehora, 4th Ward Lima Councilor says the position is needed.

“That’s been an issue that has really kind of been on the forefront for me the last couple of weeks. I’ve had a few folks call me about cars on the street in their neighborhoods where the tires are flat or they haven’t been moved in a year,” Ehora said.

Derry Glenn, 6th Ward Lima Councilor, agreed.

“We got a lot of (junk) cars on the street. These cars have been out there a long time,” Glenn said.

In other business, Lima council:

• Authorized the law director to prepare legislation for the establishment of a Designated Outdoor Refreshment Area (DORA) in the Downtown Central Business District, the Main Street Corridor and West Market Street Corridor. The legislation could appear on city council’s next meeting in two weeks. The DORA would allow alcoholic beverages to be served and consumed outside. The concept is designed to stimulate economic development for businesses and property owners within the DORA, as well as the City of Lima as a whole.

Downtown Lima Inc. also sent council a letter in support of the DORA.

• Entered into a contract with Brandstetter Caroll, Inc. to prepare an aquatic feasibility study for Lima. The firm’s work will include an analysis of needs, market and feasibility studies, provide opportunities for citizen engagement and consultant with the City for a new aquatic facility. The cost of the study will not exceed $29,000.

It was announced earlier this year that due to the need for major repairs, Schoonover Pool would not open in 2021.

• Learned about several proposed safety improvements along Main Street and Market Street in Lima’s Central Business District including a modern single-lane roundabout at the Main St./Market St. Intersection, parking modifications along Main Street, crosswalk improvements along Main St., lane striping and median island modifications along Market Street to accommodate the proposed roundabout. A virtual public hearing is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 18.

• Heard from Gary Lewis about an effort to put military tribute banners in the downtown areas. Those banners would feature Allen County veterans. City council would not commit to financially support the project just yet.

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By Sam Shriver

sshriver@limanews.com

Reach Sam Shriver at 567-242-0409.

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