The following is a communication recently sent out from the office of Mayor Tim Theaker of the City of Mansfield. In it, plans are announced to reopen the Mansfield City Building on January 25:
“We want to thank the citizens and our employees for being patient while we work through this pandemic.
We are continuing to monitor the ongoing COVID cases in Central Ohio and adhering to safety recommendations. Effective Monday, January 25, the Mansfield City Municipal Building will be open to the general public. More…
A day after the City of Mansfield published a press release concerning the lack of appointments for installation of new water meters citywide, Public Works Director David Remy took time during City Council’s Caucus meeting on Tuesday to provide additional details about the situation which gave rise to that notice.
1812Blockhouse covered the installation question on Tuesday (see post here). In a nutshell, on Monday the City shared a strong call for citizens who have not yet done so to make appointments for that purpose.
Remy’s words on Tuesday evening were clear and direct. More…
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The following communication concerning new water meter installations was issued on Monday by the City of Mansfield.
Despite the troubles brought on by COVID 19, the City was able to install more than 7000 meters as part of its city-wide project to install new water meters and remote reading devices. The City thanks all those residents/customers for responding to appointment requests and allowing Aclara/SGS workers into their homes or businesses. However, the total number of customers receiving metered water are in excess of 18,000, meaning there are 11,000 plus customers that need to have new meters and reading devices installed. More…
Apparently the City of Mansfield had a New Year’s resolution to update and improve its online interface with citizens, businesses, visitors, and potential residents and investors.
Not just update, but to completely recreate the experience.
Joining other recent updated websites launched by Richland County and the City of Shelby, the City of Mansfield has one of its own. More…
The City of Mansfield Community Development Office is the focal point for the City’s addressing neighborhood revitalization, housing assistance, and community development projects. As shared on the City website, the Office pursues programming which set out to “build or expand infrastructures; upgrade public facilities; upgrade the existing housing stock; expand home ownership opportunities and affordable rental housing; and promote f economic development.”
To assist the office in planning, they are turning to residents for input. More…
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The company that created the audio gunshot detection system that was discussed with Mansfield City Council earlier this year, and which was the basis for a one year trial project with the Mansfield Police Department, has announced that contract as one of seven new agreements with cities across the country.
ShotSpotter, Inc., a leader in precision policing solutions that enable law enforcement to more effectively respond to, investigate and deter crime, today announced new contracts with seven U.S. cities, all with populations less than 50,000, to deploy ShotSpotter Respond™, the company’s flagship gunshot detection solution, as part of an increasing trend of small cities adopting big city tools for preventing and reducing gun violence. More…
A plan to install a five foot sidewalk on both sides of East Cook Road east of State Route 13 in the general vicinity of Brookfield Drive is moving forward after approval by Mansfield City Council at its Tuesday evening meeting for the Public Works Director to proceed with bids and enter into a contract.
As discussed in Council’s Streets Committee, the project would be paid for by the Ohio Department of Transportation and a portion of City funding from the permissive sales tax.
As presented by City Engineer Robert Bianchi, one electric pole is to be relocated, the cost of which the City will cover. More…
Perhaps it’s a good thing that this Tuesday evening’s meetings of Mansfield City Council and its committees are taking place online.
Those watching may feel the need to get comfortable and even to grab some refreshment as the published meeting agendas suggest that it may be a very long evening.
Overall, some 23 proposed items of legislation are scheduled to be reviewed in this last regular meeting night of 2020.
Some items to be considered have been before Council for some time. An ordinance amending language in Chapter 755 of the Mansfield Codified Ordinances dealing with emergency alarms, for instance, will be considered on a Third Reading. More…
From the City of Mansfield Service Complex:
Due to sewer main repairs it will be necessary to reduce traffic to single lane only in the following area while work is being completed:
These lanes will be closed on Wednesday, December 9 and are expected to be reopened by the end of the workday on Friday, December 11 barring any unanticipated problems.
Construction signs will be posted at the work site. Traffic is advised to plan an alternate route to avoid possible delays.
Any questions concerning this notice may be directed to the City Service Complex during normal business hours, Monday thru Friday 7:00 AM to 3:30 PM at 419-755-9806.
Source: City of Mansfield
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In cooperation with local and state health guidelines for social distancing during the recent surge in COVID19 cases, the 2020 Downtown Mansfield annual Christmas tree lighting ceremony, held in partnership with the City of Mansfield, will be hosted virtually this year. In lieu of an in person event, historically held at Richland Carrousel Park, the celebration will move online during the previously scheduled date of Friday, December 4.
“The Downtown Mansfield Christmas Time in the City Tree Lighting event has been one of our most loved and we have been thrilled to see it grow over the years. Unfortunately, after much discussion, we feel that the best decision is the most difficult one and we will be taking the Christmas tree lighting to a virtual platform this year.” Jennifer Kime, CEO of DMI said, “We invite you be a part of our downtown holiday traditions in a new way, this year.” More…
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In a news release on the City of Mansfield website, it was announced this week that two trees have been designated with Heritage Tree status by the City’s Shade Tree Commission.
The City of Mansfield Heritage Tree Program, launched in 2019, is based upon the “National Big Trees” program recognizing Heritage Trees of each species within the City of Mansfield Corporation limits.
The city received ten (10) nominations, which were initially visited by the Shade Tree Commission and then forwarded onto a volunteer who utilizing a “Biltmore stick”, provided accurate measurements and a thorough evaluation of the tree which was nominated. The Commission members at their June 2020 meeting approved the trees to be officially recorded as Heritage Trees
and will make bi-annual awards. More…
Mayor Tim Theaker and Parks and Recreation Manager Mark Abrams have announced the City of Mansfield’s very first Light Up Mansfield Holiday Light Decorating Contest.
Get into the holiday spirit with a friendly, fun and festive competition. In order to be a part of Mansfield’s first Light Up Mansfield Holiday Light Decorating Contest, contestants must register their home on the map of local light displays. Registrations should be done by December 10, 2020, to be included on the local map.
Follow this link: https://forms.gle/dTQdNeUNB8E1VyW28 to register your home’s light display. This form and information will be on the City ofMansfield Parks and Recreation Facebook page at:www.facebook.com/mansfieldparksandrecreation. More…
A very good idea is returning to downtown Mansfield.
During Wednesday evening’s meeting of Mansfield City Council, members considered and passed a measure backing a new Downtown Mansfield, Inc. (DMI) Facade Improvement Program aimed at increasing community and economic development, incentivizing new merchants and businesses, and performing improvements on buildings.
A similar program using CDBG funding was undertaken successfully in years past. More…
At its regular meeting on Wednesday evening, Mansfield City Council passed two items of legislation related to the building of a new “spec” industrial building at 1750 Airport West Road.
Both dealt with a proposed Community Reivnestment Area (CRA) Agreement with Airport West I, LLC which would result in construction of a 160,000 square foot industrial building.
In Ohio, a CRA is an economic development tool administered by local government that provides property tax exemptions for property owners that construct or renovate buildings. Depending on the local program, that can include industrial, commercial, and/or residential structures. More…
The City of Mansfield has re-issued a call for a live Christmas tree to place on display at Richland Carrousel Park in downtown Mansfield during the upcoming holiday season.
If you have an evergreen tree you would like to donate please contact the Mansfield Street Department at 419- 755-9803.
Trees located within city limits are preferred. The City is requesting the tree be at least 30ft in height. In order for it to be successfully cut and removed the tree it must be accessible to the handling of equipment. More…