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The formation of the “Emergency Response Mental Health Collaborative” was announced today at Mayor David Berger’s weekly news briefing. It will enable first responders to call out a crisis counselor to respond on scene to assist in situations where a person is showing mental health needs. This is a growing issue with calls for service that the Lima Police Department and EMS responders are facing. By having a mental health professional there on-site many situations could be handled without further issues.

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This marks the second summer the city has not had a public pool for residents to take a plunge. They are currently asking people to take a short 10-question survey on what they would like to see in a new aquatic feature. It’s all part of a feasibility study to see if a new pool is needed and how to accomplish that goal.

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Faurot and Robb Parks were filled with eager kids wanting to enjoy their summer. The playground program offers plenty of supervised activities for any child ages 6 to 12 years old. Lunch is even included through the Lima City Schools Summer Lunch program. Even with dodging the rain today the program is off to a good start.

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Each year, several trees have been planted around the city as part of the national observance. City officials believe it is important to get people involved and educated them about the importance of trees, especially students. Students for Lima Senior High School’s Agricultural Education and FFA program will be helping the city plant trees south of the school baseball field at 12:30 p.m. on April 30th. Arbor Day is recognized on the last Friday in April.

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The City of Lima and the Lima Allen County Regional Planning Commission have teamed up to develop a vision and goals for the city’s future. It will be driven by community input of where the people see the city now and how they would like to see the city by 2040. It will look at demographics, economic development, and housing, among others. The first step is to get people to take a survey on the City of Lima’s website.

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The Japanese Garden on Eureka Street between Elizabeth and West Streets was created in 1997. It was a gift from Lima’s sister city Harima-cho, Japan. The nine weeping cherry trees have grown over the years into this beautiful park area. The Lima Sister Cities Association is inviting the public to come out and enjoy the garden this Saturday from 1 pm to 3 pm.

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The two-foot-deep hole was a headache for traffic, closing a lane on South Metcalf Street. Police and Fire got the call around 7:30 a.m. Thursday morning where two cars had been damaged after hitting the sinkhole. Street crews are trying to figure out what caused the pavement to collapse and used a camera to get a closer look and see how much damage was caused. The city says it could be a sewer line that runs off the mainline in that area, they will be excavating the street Friday to see the extent of the damage. The city covered the sinkhole with a metal plate until repairs can be made.