Role of the Engineering Division

City Engineering

The City of Lima's Division of Engineering works with city departments, the administration, and the city council in the planning, review, management and inspection of Public Works' projects. With our staff engineers, the City of Lima has the unique capability to provide and coordinate the authorized engineering design services, capital improvement projects, and stormwater coordination. By providing civil engineering services to support the City's existing and future infrastructure, we strive to contribute to the benefit of the residents, property owners, business owners and visitors of the City of Lima.

Division Services

Services of the Division of Engineering include the oversight of the maintenance and construction of public streets, sidewalks, street lighting, traffic lights, parks and recreational areas, pedestrian bikeways and public facilities within the city limits. Other responsibilities include, but are not limited to, plan review, GIS mapping, surveying, flood plain research, and platting.

If you have questions or concerns regarding water or sanitary services, please visit our Utility Department.

  1. Ian, P.E. Kohli

    City Engineer

  2. Jim Morrisey

    Stormwater Manager

  3. Ross Vennekotter

    Civil Engineer II

Engineering Permits, Rebates & Standards

  1. Permits
  2. Standard Drawings
  3. Code & Ordinance
  4. Rebates

Engineering Construction Permit

PermitsProjects located within the Lima city limits may require a permit. Permits shall be submitted to the City of Lima Building and Zoning Department. 

View a copy of the Plan review requirements (PDF) .

View a copy of the City of Lima Engineering Permit (PDF) .

Street Cut Bond/Utility Excavation Policy

View Bond Information 

Transporting Oversize/Overweight Permit

For transporting Oversize/Overweight Loads through the City of Lima.

View permit instructions (PDF) .


2022 Main Street/Market Street Intersection Improvements

The City of Lima, in conjunction with the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) and the Lima Allen CounProject Area Map_12-3-20 Opens in new windowty Regional Planning Commission (LARPC), is planning traffic and pedestrian safety improvements along Main Street from the mid-block crosswalk south of Market Street to Wayne Street, and along Market Street from South Central Avenue to South West Street in Lima's central business district. Click HERE for additional upcoming project details.  

Public Involvement Meeting - March 18, 2021

March 18, 2021 Public Meeting Video

May 18, 2021 Comment & Response Page

May 2021 Online Survey Responses

ALL-Spencerville Road Sidewalks (PID 110277)

The City of Lima, in conjunction with the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) and the Lima Allen County Regional Planning Commission (LARPC), is proposing to improve facilities in the City of Lima by constructing approximately 1.9 miles of 5' wide sidewalk at the following locations: Location Map for ALL-Lima Spencerville Rd. Sidewalks

  • Cable Court, from Cable Road to Spencerville Road
  • Shawnee Road, from Cable Road to Spencerville Road
  • Spencerville Road, from Cable Court to North Shore Drive
  • North Shore Drive, from Spencerville Road to South Pierce Street

From South Cable Road to Park Drive (within Faurot Park), the proposed sidewalk will be located along the north side of Cable Court, Shawnee Road, Spencerville Road and North Shore Drive.  From Park Drive to South Pierce Street, the proposed sidewalk will be located on the south side of North Shore Drive. Improvements also include adding American with Disabilities Act (ADA) compliant ramps with curbs, replacing driveway aprons as needed and adding striping and signage throughout the corridor. 

The project will connect surrounding residential areas to businesses, parks, schools, churches, and community
centers, including Faurot Park, the Bradfield Community Center and the YMCA. Construction is scheduled to begin
in September 2022 and will take approximately 10 months to complete.

No right‐of‐way acquisition will be necessary, as the proposed project will be constructed entirely on City of Lima
property or within City of Lima right‐of‐way. No traffic detours will be required. Access to local roads, driveways,
and bike paths will be maintained during construction, with the exception of necessary brief closures as sidewalk
and driveway apron work is performed. Bus service will be maintained throughout the corridor during construction.
A portion of the proposed project is located within a regulated floodplain (Ottawa River). Impacts to this floodplain
are anticipated to be minor and will not result in a rise in localized flood levels. A Statement of Findings summarizing
the results of the floodplain analysis will be made available for review on ODOT’s website.

Sidewalk will be constructed within Faurot Park along Spencerville Road and North Shore Drive. No park amenities
will be altered or removed. No temporary or permanent adverse impacts or interference with the recreational
features of the park are anticipated. Sidewalk construction will be performed in a manner that maintains access to
roads, parking lots, and bike paths within Faurot Park. Access from Faurot Park to the Ottawa River Trail will be
maintained during construction. Event parking in the lawn area along Spencerville Road and North Shore Drive
within Faurot Park will be maintained during construction.

Environmental Messages