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Lima City Council was asked to formally apply for a $1.2 million grant from the Ohio Facilities Construction Commission (OFCC). This is already included in the project's $2.8 million budget. The city also requested to enter into contracts with the Veteran's Memorial Civic and Convention Center, and the Lima Rotary Club about the future operation of the park. The city would be responsible for maintaining the property, while the Civic Center would oversee events.
The City of Lima engineering and recreation departments inspected the pool back in September and found several issues with the facility. In a letter to Lima City Council, Public works director Howard Elstro highlighted some of those issues, including damage to the pool floor, excessive leaking, and outdated collection and filter systems.
The City of Lima has had a number of infrastructure projects going on this year. While a nuisance for the motoring public city officials see it as good news as it means the reinvestment and improvements in the city will pay off in the long run.
Applications are now live from the Natural Resource Assistance Council, for communities to add some new green spaces. District 13 of the NRAC has $3.7 million in grants available for the Clean Ohio Green Space Conservation Funding. Local governments and non-profit organizations can apply for grants to acquire land to preserve natural areas, preserve water quality and create recreational spaces.
Council approved the Mayor to enter into two contracts with Clune Consulting Services, LLC. The first is for improvements to the Main and Market Street intersection, and pedestrian services along North Main Street to Wayne Street. The other contract will construct a sidewalk along North Shore Drive and Spencerville Road. Both projects are set to begin in 2022 and will cost approximately $1.6 million total, received from ODOT safety funds.
Drivers, you've probably noticed a major construction project is almost finished. The roundabout in the Elm Street Grade Separation Project is now open. Traffic now flows between the intersection of Elm Street and Bellefontaine Avenue. It was a $10 million project that the city worked 20 years on to secure funding. A few things are left before they're just about done with it. Next week, sidewalks along Bellefontaine Avenue will be poured in place, landscaping needs to be finished and one last coating of asphalt needs to be put down. This project will solve the problem of trains blocking traffic.
Lima will be moving forward with a safety project on Main street thanks to an approval by Lima City Council. That project is for the Main Street Corridor Improvements.
Council has approved the city to enter a contract with the CMT engineering firm to improve safety on Main Street between Market and Wayne Streets. This past November ODOT awarded the city $880,000 to make these improvements. Before improvements are made CMT will do research and figure out the best way to make Main Street safer for pedestrians and drivers.
A project to acquire the former Lost Creek Golf Course and turn it into a park has officially been approved by Lima City Council. The Lost Creek Restoration and Trail Improvement project will transform the golf course into a 45-acre park. It will include hiking and biking trails and wetlands. The project will cost $1.5 million. They're looking to use $1.1 million dollars through a Ohio Public Works commission green space grant. The city public works director believes it will be a great benefit to the city.
The City of Lima is getting ready to demolish another unstable building. Public Works Director, Howard Elstro, said the city wants to demolish the building at 705 S. Main St. as soon as possible. Elstro said its another building in the city where the owner has not done any maintenance on it and has been vacant for years. The city is concerned because it can be seen falling apart and there is a private business right next door. It's up to the law department on how they acquire the building for demolition, but they have no desire to own it after that. Elstro said a contractor is in place to demolish the building.
Lima City Council passed an ordinance to reimburse delay fees to the contractor of the Elm Street separation grade project. The Eagle Bridge Company began working on the new round-about project months ago. However, it was delayed when Century Link failed to relocate lines in a timely manner. Because of the delay, the city is willing to reimburse Eagle Bridge $525,000. The project was expected to be completed by this year, but the delays have pushed it back even further.