Public Works Department Responsibilities
The Public Works Department of the City of Lima is charged with the most diverse range of responsibilities of any city department. The Public Works Department addresses the physical needs of the city including everything from snow plowing to issuance of taxi licenses. This department is comprised of four divisions: Engineering, Building, Streets and Parks, Recreation, and Forestry.
It is only through the resources and support granted by the taxpayers of Lima and the efforts of many dedicated employees that the department is able to provide the myriad of services that make this city an enjoyable, healthy community in which to live.
PUBLIC WORKS PROJECTS
ELM STREET RAILROAD GRADE SEPARATION
The Bellefontaine Avenuenue / Elm Street / Calumet Avenuenue intersection serves as a main corridor into the Lima community and has a multitude of responsibilities:
- Serves two State Routes (117 & 309)
- Is a significant corridor for commerce along the east side of town
- Provides safety access for Fire, Police, Ambulatory routes & Medical Care Providers
- And is traveled by over 35,000 vehicles on any given day
To improve safe vehicular and pedestrian travel through this busy corridor, the City of Lima authorized the construction of the $13.8 million RRGS project which will enhance the operation, serviceability, safety and aesthetics of the area! A few design highlights for the project include:
- 3,696 feet (0.70 miles) of new roadway, curbs and sidewalk
- Improved drainage as a gravity sewer will provide an outlet to the Ottawa River
- Lowering of Elm Street twenty feet to go under the I&O Railroad
- Roadway improvements including landscaping, wide sidewalks between the parks and roadway lighting.
ODOT provided this VIDEO as a useful tool for navigating a roundabout.
Clean Ohio Funding Available
District 13 Natural Resource Assistance Council (NRAC) announces the application period is now open for Round 15 of Clean Ohio Green Space Conservation Funding. Approximately $3,728,453 is available to local communities and non-profit organizations to preserve natural areas, protect streams, and create outdoor recreational opportunities.
District 13 is comprised of Allen, Auglaize, Hancock, Logan, Mercer, Putnam, Shelby and Van Wert Counties.
Applications for Green Space Conservation funds may be requested through the Ohio Public Works Commission, 65 E. State St., Suite 312, Columbus, OH 43215, phone (614) 466-0880, can be downloaded off the internet at www.pwc.state.oh.us, or can be obtained through County NRAC Representatives (see below). Applications can be submitted to Chairman Howard Elstro, 50 Town Square, Lima, OH 45801-4900. District 13 NRAC requires twelve (12) copies of the application to be submitted.
For more information, see the July 22 Media Release
Public Works Annual Reports
CITY OF LIMA PROGRAMS
City of Lima Tree Rebate Program
In conjunction with the Allen Soil and Water Conservation District, the City of Lima is promoting a new program which encourages Lima residents to plant trees on their property. The City of Lima Tree Rebate Program is open to City of Lima residents and offers a 50% rebate to eligible participants. There is a limit of 2 rebates for newly planted trees per residential parcel, per calendar year. Eligible tree sizes are limited to 1.5" - 3" diameters and must be one of the sixty-nine approved tree species. 2018 marks the third year for the program as it launched in March and will carry thru November with reimbursement money available from the city's Stormwater Utility.
For more information, see their FLYER (PDF).
The Allen Soil and Water Conservation District is partnering with the City of Lima and Keep Allen County Beautiful to expand the Adopt-A-Roadway Program. Stormwater Program Coordinator, Beth Seibert reports that "litter has a significant impact on water quality in local streams such as the Ottawa River", and in her mind "this type of pollution is easy to solve".
Within the City of Lima they are looking for groups, families and individuals to adopt specific sections of streets, neighborhoods and parks and conduct litter clean-up at least twice a year. Groups will be provided with trash bags, gloves, and safety equipment. The City plans to install signage at each location giving credit to the sponsoring group and hoping to inspire others to get involved and do their part.
Twenty different groups are being sought at this time so that everything can be in place when Spring arrives and the first cleanups can be conducted. To obtain more information email Beth Seibert or 419-223-0040, ext.107.
ACCESS OHIO 2040
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UPDATE - Jan. 18, 2017: As part of ODOT's Access OHIO 2040 campaign, ODOT is coordinating efforts with local jurisdictions to designate Ohio's first US and State Bike Route Network. This network will be similar to the interstate and state route systems of highways. ODOT intends to have five (5) US bike routes and 18 state routes. ODOT's intent is to complete the designation of the routes during the spring of 2017. Once designated, ODOT will identify the routes on their website and may eventually place signs along the routes at no cost to the city. For Lima, USBR 25 would follow the Ottawa River Bike Path from corporation line to corporation line. The Mayor has authorized legislation to enact a resolution supporting the establishment of USBR 25 which will seek Lima City Council approval on Jan. 23, 2017. Click HERE for more information on the program.
FOCUS ON PEDESTRIAN SAFETY
CITY OF LIMA'S COMPLETE STREETS
In May of 2016, the Lima City Council approved a resolution to support the Public Works Department in the design of pedestrian and vehicular safety. View a copy of the Resolution Supporting the City of Lima Complete Streets Policy (PDF).
Pedestrian Safety in Bike Lanes
The City of Lima continues to make strides in providing pedestrian alternatives to transportation. By design, these roadway features will help increase pedestrian thoroughfare through major routes. Future projects will continue to reflect our efforts of providing an adequate and safe route for bikers, walkers and alternative modes of transportation. Visit ODOT's Cycling Smarter Guide (PDF) for valuable information!
"SHARROWS" are pavement markings that designate a shared route between cyclists and motor vehicles. Cyclists shall travel in the same direction as the motor vehicles along these routes. Even where there are no Sharrow markings, motorists are reminded to give bikes (and pedestrians) 3 feet of clearance - it's the LAW!
BIKE LANES have been added along select roadways and designate exclusive use by bicyclists. The lanes are intended for one-way travel in the same direction as the adjacent traffic lane.
Lima Awarded BRONZE MEDAL as Bicycle Friendly Community
In 2016, the League of American Bicyclists designated the City of Lima as a Bicycle Friendly Community at the Bronze Level. This award is presented only to communities with strong commitments to bicycling. Since the designation of the award, the City of Lima continues to make strides in the development and advancement of bicycle (and pedestrian) safety and access to routes.
This honor reflects the great strides that Lima has been making towards becoming a bike friendly community. Congratulations to the following entities whose hard work and endless efforts helped make this recognition possible: the City of Lima's Public Works Department, Lima Police Department, Allen County Bike and Pedestrian Task Force, Allen County Public Health, Activate Allen County, the Lima Allen County Regional Planning Commission, and of course the cyclists of Lima.