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 Kohli, P.E., P.S.

    City Engineer

  2. David Louth, P.E., S.I.

    Assistant City Engineer

  3. Dakota Clay, E.I.

    Civil Engineer II - Stormwater Division

  4. Ross Vennekotter, P.E.

    Civil Engineer II

Engineering Permits, Rebates & Standards

  1. Permits
  2. Standard Drawings
  3. Proposal Notes
  4. Code & Ordinance
  5. 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.

Commercial Development Plan review requirements 

City of Lima Engineering Permit 

Flood Hazard Area Development Permit Application

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.


Schoonover Observatory Improvements – Project No. 6-23

The Schoonover Observatory will be renovated, including site improvements.

Proposed renovations include:

  1. Resurfacing the access drive and installing additional gravel parking
  2. Planting new trees to better facilitate use of the Observatory and removing existing trees
  3. Adding HVAC equipment to improve ventilation and air conditioning inside of the building
  4. Update interior lighting
  5. Repair and seal interior masonry walls and ceiling, including painting
  6. Repair and seal exterior masonry walls, including sealing the observation deck and updating the metal railing
  7. Repair and paint the Observatory dome, including weatherproofing and painting

Construction is anticipated to begin in late fall of 2023 and be completed by late summer of 2024.

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Downtown Streetscape Phase I - Spring Street

The 100 block of East Spring Street will be reconstructed to incorporated complete street features that provide safety, comfort, and accessibility for all users. 

 Proposed renovations include:

  • Improved street lighting, including the ability for catenary lighting on the west half of the block
  • Addition of a midblock pedestrian crossing
  • Improved curb ramps and curb extensions
  • Improved storm water drainage
  • Planting of trees and shrubs
  • Street fair elements including removable bollards to be used in coordination with the Rotary Park and Amphitheater

Construction is anticipated to begin in spring of 2023 and be completed by late summer of 2023.

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ALL-West Street Bridge -  Project 4-23 (PID 115921)

The City of Lima, in partnership with the Ohio Department of Transportation, proposes to rehabilitate the West Street Bridge over the Ottawa River and reconstruct the southern intersection with Eureka Street/South Shore Drive. The project is expected to begin spring of 2024 and last through late fall of 2024. The estimated construction cost is $1,800,000.

This project will involve removal and replacement of the existing bridge deck and beams along with patching of portions of the remaining substructure. At the southern intersection with Eureka Street/South Shore Drive storm sewer improvements will be performed along with reconstruction of the curb line, construction of new curb ramps, and resurfacing of the pavement within the intersection. The length of improvements will extend approximately 475 feet.

Construction activities will result in temporary roadway closures. Vehicular through traffic will be detoured temporarily. Access for local traffic to all properties will be maintained throughout construction.

A portion of this work near Eureka Street/South Shore Drive will take place along the Rotary Riverwalk/Ottawa River Bikeway. The Rotary Riverwalk/Ottawa River Bikeway is designated as a public recreational property that is owned and maintained by the City of Lima. As a designated public recreational property, it is afforded protection under federal law. The use of federal funds requires measures to be developed to minimize harm and advance public notice be given of impacts to this recreational property. Construction activities will result in temporary closures to the Rotary Riverwalk/Ottawa River Bikeway. Pedestrian and bicycle traffic will be detoured temporarily.

Work along this route will occur in a regulated floodplain. Impacts to these floodplains are anticipated to be minor and result in no rise in localized flood levels. A statement of findings detailing the results of the final floodplain analysis will be made available on the City of Lima’s Engineering website:

Floodplain Statement for the West Street Bridge

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Environmental Messages