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Lima Council members looking at Outdoor Refreshment District

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The Neighborhood Concerns Committee just started talking about creating an outdoor refreshment area or ORA in the downtown area. The Neighborhood Concerns Committee just started talking about creating an outdoor refreshment area or ORA in the downtown area.
The Neighborhood Concerns Committee will continue talking about the idea of an outdoor refreshment area at their next meeting. The Neighborhood Concerns Committee will continue talking about the idea of an outdoor refreshment area at their next meeting.

As downtown Lima grows, local businesses are looking at ways to make the area a little unique to attract people to come and check it out.

The Neighborhood Concerns Committee just started talking about creating an outdoor refreshment area or ORA in the downtown area. The Ohio Revised Code has given cities the chance to create a district where people can carry an alcoholic drink, so long as it is in a plastic container, outside of designated businesses. Business owner Ray Magnus first brought up the idea, and he says it would help Lima come into the 21st century.

"It is not going to be the catalyst that will cure all of Lima's ills. But I think this will be one step, to be getting people to think that Lima is going to be able to change and hopefully change for the better, and this is one incidence of doing that," said Ray Magnus, Co-Owner of 318.

To start the process, the mayor first must apply to create the district, then the city council can set up the size of the area, the hours it will operate in, and any other rules that will operate in the district. But before the Neighborhood Concerns Committee can make any suggestions to the mayor, they are looking to get more information on what the public's opinion on what they would like to see happen.

"Maybe this can come about or maybe it won't come about, but we want to hear those citizen's concerns. We have heard tonight from several different establishments. Who, some are in supportive of, some say are on the borderline right now.  So we really want to get those respective entities, residents, Downtown Inc, Lima Square Fair, as well as hear from our sheriff's department here in the Allen County area, see what their concerns are," said Jamie Dixon, 5th Ward Councilman.

The Neighborhood Concerns Committee will continue talking about the idea of an outdoor refreshment area at their next meeting.

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