Lima to consider agreement with ODOT on bikepath
LIMA, Feb 23, 2013 (The Lima News - McClatchy-Tribune Information Services via COMTEX) --
A project to help connect various neighborhoods to the city's pedestrian and bicycle path network will be before members of Lima City Council for approval on Monday.
Public Works Director Howard Elstro said the legislation will enable the city to accept, expend and draw down funds for the bikepath.
"We get calls and comments about the work we've done so far making pedestrian and bikeway paths throughout the center of the city. What residents and users have asked for is better connectivity between their neighborhood and the central pedestrian bikepath that is the Ottawa River bikepath," Elstro said. "What this project does and what subsequent projects will be to strive to connect heavy residential areas to connect with this the central bikeway and other points of interest like the downtown."
In a letter to councilors, Elstro outlined that the project will create a contiguous path connecting existing parks, open spaces, public services, schools, residential area, businesses and the wetland preserve.
"The new portions of the bikeway will include the construction of a 10-foot wide path and also utilization of low volume streets with bike route signage," Elstro wrote. "In particular, Buttonbush wetland preserve, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Park, Unity Elementary, Cook Park, Freedom Elementary and the Ottawa River Bikepath will be connected on the city's east side and Faurot Park, Heritage Elementary, Robb Park and the Cole Street bikepath will be connected on the west."
Construction on the project is slated for 2014 with the majority of the more than $1 million project to come from state and federal grants. The city will fund $125,000 of the project through community development block grant and permissive funds, Elstro said.
In other business, City Council will also consider a proposal to allow patrons of local restaurateur John Heaphy's latest venture, Old City Prime, to use the city lot at Spring and Main streets on weekends and after 5 p.m. weekdays.
In a previous request to the council, Mayor David Berger said the agreement for the restaurant, to be located at 218 S. Main St., is similar to a longstanding agreement between the city and Main Street Bistro, which previously occupied the space under renovation for Heaphy's new business.
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