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Mansfield City Council To Consider Water Rate Changes, Other Legislation Tonight

7 Feb , 2023  

By 1812Blockhouse, AI

At tonight’s meeting of Mansfield City Council, another consideration of proposed water rate changes will take place.

The measure would amend Section 941.08 (Water Charges) of the Mansfield Codified Ordinance of 1997, with a focus on modifying the rate structure and increasing water rates. It was tabled in January, despite City Engineer Bob Bianchi stating that each month delaying the increase would cost the city over $280,000 in revenue.

The first consideration for the water rate increase took place back in December.

Also being considered:

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Five-Way Race For Mayor Highlights Mansfield City Primary Races

2 Feb , 2023  

By 1812Blockhouse

A visit to the website of the Richland County Board of Elections, hours after the close of petition filing for partisan races, showed the following as registered candidates for elected positions with the City of Mansfield. This will be the slate unless other petitions are recognized and/or a write-in candidate or candidates appear.

The contests are highlighted by what now appears to be a five-way race to replace current Mansfield Mayor Tim Theaker. That includes four candidates in the Republican primary and one potential candidate in the Democratic primary; the winners of each will face each other in November. Included in that mix are current officeholders and political newcomers.

If the filed Democratic candidate’s petitions are not recognized, the May primary will choose the next mayor unless, again, a write-in candidate enters.

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History & Tourism

Everything You Always Wanted To Know About: The Boulevards

2 Dec , 2022  

By 1812Blockhouse

In Ohio, a “boulevard” typically refers to a street which has been enhanced by the addition of greenery or flowers, one which often boasts a central grassy lawn between two sets of houses with large setbacks. In Mansfield, say the word “Boulevard,” or more particularly “Boulevards,” and thoughts immediate go to the area of town immediately to the east of South Park.

Today, we’re sharing details of The Boulevards, an area of 100-plus-year-old homes that is protected by the City of Mansfield through its historic preservation ordinance.

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$7.5 Million Headed To Mansfield For Downtown Streetscape Project

10 Aug , 2022  

By 1812Blockhouse; Press Releases from Senators Portman and Brown

On Tuesday, the offices of U.S. Senators Rob Portman and Sherrod Brown announced that the US Department of Transportation had awarded the City of Mansfield a nearly $7.5 million federal grant through the FY 2022 Rebuilding American Infrastructure with Sustainability and Equity (RAISE) discretionary grant program.

The program provides funding for surface transportation projects of local and regional significance. Previously, this program has been funded at $1 billion per year. Thanks to the bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, which Senator Portman spearheaded, Senator Brown helped write and pass, and which was signed into law last November, annual funding levels have been increased to $1.5 billion. Between the IIJA and the FY 2022 Consolidated Appropriations Act, the RAISE grant program has been funded at $2.25 billion for this year.

The funds for the project will go toward rebuilding the downtown Mansfield streetscape.

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Manufactured Home Development Proposal Withdrawn

19 Jul , 2022  

By 1812Blockhouse

On Tuesday afternoon, a statement was released on social media by the City of Mansfield about the proposed development at the current Dawson Ridge Par & Pub. It reads in part:

“There has been a lot of conversation surrounding the redevelopment of Dawson Ridge Par & Pub, and also a lot of misinformation spreading. Due to this the developer, Nathan Whittaker, is rescinding his request for the rezone with the intent of meeting with the community to let the community dictate how he moves forward. Nathan’s intent from the beginning has been to offer affordable home ownership to the citizens of Mansfield, and he still intends to do so.

In conjunction with Councilwoman Stephanie Zader and developer, William Barber of Blue Door Construction Company, Whittaker will be working with the community to find the best solution for the redevelopment of this property. Anyone with questions, concerns, or a desire to be a part of the conversation can reach out to Councilwoman Zader at [email protected].

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City Of Mansfield Issues Water Quality Report

30 Jun , 2022  

By 1812Blockhouse

The Water Treatment Plant for the City of Mansfield has shared an overview of operations during 2021, providing citizens with answers and information about how their drinking water is purified, distributed, and monitored.

The Water Quality Report emphasizes that Mansfield’s drinking water met all applicable quality standards during that period. It then sets out to answer a set of basic questions concerning the system and the water it produces.

Many Mansfielders may be unaware that water in the system is obtained from two sources – surface water from Clearfork Reservoir, and well water from ten municipal wells. The water from those places is combined in almost equal quantities to create the source that is then purified and sent out.

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Mansfield Firefighters Union Votes No Confidence In Fire Chief

24 Jun , 2022  

Special to 1812Blockhouse

The following press release has been issued by International Association of Fire Fighters Local 266:

“During a recent general membership meeting, Mansfield Professional Fire Fighters approved a resolution to rescind their confidence in Fire Chief Steve Strickling.

“Mansfield firefighters are dedicated to keeping the citizens of Mansfield safe. This is our job, our calling, and we can no longer stand idle while Chief Strickling jeopardizes this community’s safety,” said Matt Shafley, president of IAFF 266, the organization representing Mansfield firefighters, said in a news release Thursday.

The “Vote of No Confidence” comes after months of poor decision-making, ineffective policy implementation, and workplace discrimination, all of which have led to an all-time low in employee morale. “Mansfield citizens deserve to know that when it comes to their safety, they are being protected by the very best. Our firefighters strive to provide that level of service. Unfortunately, Chief Strickling lacks the trust among firefighters and has created a work environment that is so toxic that he can no longer lead our department and provide the public safety standards this community deserves.”

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North Lake Park Clean-Up On Saturday

24 Jun , 2022  

By 1812Blockhouse

Operation S.OS., which stands for “Save Our Streams,” takes place on Saturday in North Lake Park.

You are invited to join in as litter and debris is removed from the stream that runs from North Lake Park through Middle Park.

Volunteers are asked to bring and wear durable work gloves, waterproof boots, and insect repellant. All volunteers who participate will be entered into a drawing for prizes as a part of the 26th Anniversary Earth Stewardship Celebration.

The event begins at 9:00 AM at North Lake Park in Mansfield.

You can register at 419.755.9702 or via email at: [email protected].

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Cities Across Ohio Looking At Fireworks Revisions

23 Mar , 2022  

By 1812Blockhouse

More than one Ohio community is looking these days at laws on the books concerning the discharge of fireworks.

Some are taking the extra step of considering legislation to opt out of regulations included in Ohio House Bill 172 which was passed late last year. Such a move would allow those cities to continue following their existing fireworks ordinances.

The bill allows Ohioans to legally discharge commercial grade fireworks on private property, and then only on some 20 designated holidays. Opting out, which is allowed under the bill, means that current bans can continue.

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New Public Parking Lot Coming To Downtown Mansfield

16 Mar , 2022  

By 1812Blockhouse

The large, free public parking area on the east side of North Main Street, across the street from Richland Carrousel Park, is about to gain a twin.

Current undeveloped and unused land at the southwest corner of South Mulberry Street and Park Avenue West is set to become a large public parking facility after legislation was passed Tuesday night by Mansfield City Council.

Mansfield City Engineer Bob Bianchi shared project details with Council members, which center on the creation of a 29 space lot with landscaping and new lighting. The 180 by 90 foot area is currently owned by First English Lutheran Church, which sits across Mulberry. The lot would be leased from the church for $1 a year for ten years.

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