The increasing number of cases of COVID-19 in the Mansfield and Richland County communities is having an impact in various settings, including schools, businesses, and local government.
On the latter note, the City of Mansfield is taking steps to protect its workforce and visitors by issuing new requirements to enter into and access city offices.
The Mansfield City Building has been largely open to the public since it reopened its doors on January 25 following a period of closure due to virus levels. Now, with a recent rapid rise in infections, the City Building will have new entrance requirements.More…
In a social media announcement on Tuesday afternoon, the City of Mansfield announced that it is again closing its Utility Collections office to the public.
The announcement shared:
“Because of issues involving the current state of the pandemic, the City has closed its Utility Collections office to access by the public/customers via the lobby and the drive-up window at least through the end of this week.More…
Special to 1812Blockhouse
Mansfield Mayor Tim Theaker has announced Operation S.O.S. (Save our Streams) as a part of the City of Mansfield’s Stream Outreach Program for the year 2021.
Litter, debris, and illegal dumping are ongoing problems. Such items can stop water flow in storm drains and cause flooding. This same litter and debris can enter into drains thereby entering streams and affecting water quality. Accumulation can also reflect to visitors just how much pride is in the Mansfield community.
Area residents, groups, and organizations are invited to meet City representatives us at North Lake Park on Saturday, June 26 at 9:00 AM to clean up the stream at North Lake Park going south. More…
Special to 1812Blockhouse from the North End Community Improvement Collaborative
The North End will have some aquatic fun to partake in come later this summer, as the City of Mansfield plans to install splash pads at North Lake and Johns Parks.
“I think the opportunity to put splash pads at North Lake and Johns represents an opportunity to provide a service to an underserved area of the city,” said Mark Abrams, Manager of the City of Mansfield Parks and Recreation Department. “A lot of kids who live in those areas don’t have access to transportation to get to the public pool at Liberty (park), so this will give them the opportunity to participate in some aquatic activities where they might not have been able to.”
Abrams said the splash pads will be located in the two parks which are both located in residential areas and within walking distance to those who live in the neighborhood. More…
From the City of Mansfield:
Due to water main repairs it will be necessary to close sections of the following roads while work is being completed.
Poplar Street from Marion Avenue to Glessner Avenue
The road has been closed and is expected to reopen by the end of the work day on June 11. Construction signs will be posted at the work site. Traffic is advised to plan an alternate route to avoid possible delays. No traffic will be permitted to pass through. More…
By 1812Blockhouse, City of Mansfield
The City of Mansfield Fire Department is planning a fire hydrant flow testing and flushing program starting June 7.
The program will continue thru-out the summer until all hydrants have been tested and flowed. Personnel will begin testing and flushing hydrants in the southern part of Mansfield and work their way out north to the airport.
Testing will normally be conducted between 9 AM and 4 PM. Citizens may experience temporary low flow pressure or water discoloration. During times of testing, hydrants could be left open and continue to flow until testing is complete. More…
At its upcoming meeting on May 18, Mansfield City Council will be considered two pieces of legislation dealing with public art.
The first, which is set for “caucus only,” would establishing a new Chapter 177 (Public Arts Commission) of the City of Mansfield Codified Ordinance, and authorize the creation of such a Commission.
According to ordinance, the new body will “administer, promote, facilitate, and oversee the creation of public arts projects that will promote the cultural heritage and artistic development of the City, enhance the City’s character and identity, contribute to economic development and tourism, and warm, dignity, beauty, and accessibility to public spaces, and expand the experience and participation of citizens with visual arts.” More…
A resolution seeking the support of Mansfield City Council to encourage city residents to consider COVID-19 vaccination easily passed at Council’s Tuesday evening meeting, but not without a good deal of discussion in Council’s Public Affairs Committee.
The meeting took place in Council Chambers in the Mansfield Municipal Building, the first time that many of that body had met in person since March of last year.
The proposed resolution read:
“The City Council of Mansfield formally urges and encourages those who reside or work in Mansfield and Richland County, OH, to get vaccinated against COVID-19 as quickly as they are eligible to protect themselves, their families, neighbors, co-workers and the public.” More…
At their meeting held on Tuesday afternoon, the City of Mansfield Planning Commission made a recommendation to make the City a bit more dog and cat friendly — at least in certain areas.
Discussion centered on a proposed change to Section 1167.04 of the City of Mansfield Codified Ordinances, which section covers uses allowed in the Office Services district in the City’s Zoning Code.
Building and Codes Manager Marc Milliron shared with members of the Commission that the change would have two components — first, it would add veterinary services (not involving kennels) as a permitted use in that zoning district, and second, it would allow for kennels to be added to such veterinary services but only as a conditional use. More…
The City of Mansfield Park Department is conducting its annual Easter Egg Hunt in a brand-new way this year.
During the Saturday, March 27 event, participants will stay in their cars and the entertainment will come to them — including music, candy, and the traditional visit from the Easter Bunny.
Last September, we stopped by North Lake Park in Mansfield to catch a glimpse of work underway on replacement of the historic stone bridge there.
As we shared then, Mansfield City Council approved the replacement in February, which is using a $500,000 OPWC grant to fund a sizable portion of the $707,000 cost.
Built in 1898 and having survived two world wars and service to generations of Mansfielders, the original double arched deck bridge was 44 feet long and 19 feet in width. The arches have been failing in recent years, and the span has been rated as deficient by state officials. It is estimated that 300 cars on average cross the bridge each day. More…
By 1812Blockhouse and from the City of Mansfield Service Complex:
The City of Mansfield is undertaking repairs which have necessitated two street closures.
Due to sanitary main repairs, Ausdale Avenue from Ludwig Avenue to West Third Street was closed on Wednesday morning.
The street is scheduled to reopen by the end of the workday on Wednesday, March 10. Construction signs will be posted at the work site. More…
The Finance Committee of Mansfield City Council met on Monday evening, primarily to hear a presentation by Finance Director Linn Steward about the City’s annual budget.
City Council passed a temporary budget before the end of 2020, but must update that with a final version soon.
To that end, Steward, with the help of department heads including Dave Remy, Public Works Director, have made a number of revisions to the temporary budget to create the current final budget proposal.
Revisions have also been made to anticipated revenue. On one hand, the City has received a Bureau of Workers Compensation rebate check of $2.1 million, which helped offset the use of the budget stabilization fund. More…
Mansfield City Council has a relatively light agenda on tap for their regular meeting this Tuesday night, February 16.
Only two items appear on the regular docket, with the majority of proposed pieces of legislation slated for consideration by Council in its Caucus setting.
One item previously sent through Caucus and receiving its First Reading on Tuesday deals with a transfer of funds needed to purchase computer equipment to be used in conjunction with the City’s new water meters. More…
The Mansfield Division of Police has announced that they will be accepting applications for O.P.O.T.A. Certified Officers for the position of Patrol Officer.
Candidates must possess a valid O.P.O.T.A. Basic Peace Officer Certificate and a valid driver’s license.
The City offers many benefits and competitive wages. Interested candidates can obtain an application by visiting the City’s website (https://ci.mansfield.oh.us/). Applications will be accepted through Friday, March 05.
The city of Mansfield is an equal opportunity employer. Any questions or concerns please contact the Human Resources Department at (419) 755-9695 or Lieutenant Michael Napier at (419) 755-9724.
Source: Mansfield Division of Police