Lima council to consider body camera legislation


By Josh Ellerbrock - jellerbrock@limanews



LIMA — After roughly a year of testing body cameras for police officers, Lima City Council will consider a resolution making it possible for the Lima Police Department to advertise for body worn cameras during the council’s upcoming meeting at 7 p.m. Monday.

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The Lima Police Department began an extensive testing process for cameras back in January 2017. Originally slated to last four weeks, the pilot program expanded as the Lima Police Department continued to test new models to find a camera model that would best fit the needs of the police department.

Some city council members have expressed frustration due to the lengthy testing process, as it has dragged on throughout 2017.

Variables such as storage type, cost, video quality and ease of use have been considered for a number of models during the program.

Other items on the docket include legislation that allows the city to recoup funds spent on abandoned property maintenance, such as property cleanup and lawn upkeep. Property owners who have not paid the maintenance fees within the last 30 days may be seeing more aggressive tactics from city.

City council will also be considering resolutions entering into a number of contracts with third-party consultants for professional services.

The parks department will be requesting to contract with Marimor Industries, Inc., for maintenance at city parks.

The city will also be requesting to contract with Clemans, Nelson & Associates for continued access to professional employment consulting services in order to minimize the risk of litigation and costs to the City of Lima.

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By Josh Ellerbrock

jellerbrock@limanews

Reach Josh Ellerbrock at 567-242-0398.

Reach Josh Ellerbrock at 567-242-0398.

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