Several Lima committees meeting Monday night. At the human resources committee meeting, the discussion surrounded the 365 city employees and a dependent eligibility audit. Aflac has offered to do the audit for free, but asks that they have the opportunity to offer their personal services to the employees. No decision has been made.
Lima's economic and community development committee also meeting to discuss property maintenance fines. Currently, a $50 fine is issued to residents who fail to take care of their property. That includes grass and weeds beyond eight inches, trash piling up, and excessive animal waste. Councilwoman Teresa Adams and others are attempting to find a way to enforce property maintenance while still showing compassion. To do that, the committee is looking into waiving the $50 fine for first time offenders.
To finish the night, Jesse Lowe's neighborhood concerns committee discussed bonfire permits. Currently, recreational fires are permitted in Lima, excluding the burning of leaves, brush and trash. A bonfire however is prohibited. With the size of 5ft x 5ft, a bonfire may be allowed in the future if a permit is acquired by the property owner. A permit would hold someone responsible, while keeping the fire department aware of a larger open flame. If approved by council as a whole, there would be no cost involved in the mandatory permits for a bonfire.