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Public Art Will Be Front And Center For Mansfield City Council

15 May , 2021  

By 1812Blockhouse

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…

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Mansfield Council Passes Vaccination Resolution

21 Apr , 2021  

By 1822Blockhouse

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…

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There’s A Difficult Road Ahead, Mansfield Finance Director Tells Council Committee

2 Mar , 2021  

By 1812Blockhouse

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…

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Light Agenda For Mansfield City Council

15 Feb , 2021  

By 1812Blockhouse

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…

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Council Backs $12.36 Million Investment In Edge Plastics

3 Feb , 2021  

By 1812Blockhouse

Mansfield City Council passed three pieces of legislation on Tuesday evening related to a planned $12.38 million investment into the Edge Plastics facility at 449 Newman Street in Mansfield.

The amount invested includes new construction, real estate acquisition, purchase of machinery and equipment, and purchase of furniture and fixtures at the plant which current employs 85 individuals in 70,000 square feet of space. 43 new positions would be created over two years under the proposal, with 34,786 square feet of additions planned.

Measures enacted include a Community Reinvestment Area (CRA) Agreement, School Compensation Agreement related to the foregoing CRA, and Job Creation Tax Credit Agreement. More…

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City Building Reopening A Week From Monday

18 Jan , 2021  

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…

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Council Gets A First Look At A Proposed New-Look Main Street

9 Jan , 2021  

By 1812Blockhouse

In its almost 200 year history, Mansfield’s Main Street has had many lives and, with the passing of time,and with changes in the ways in which downtowns function, it has developed a bit of a split personality.

That’s about to change, if a plan introduced this week to Mansfield City Council’s Streets Committee at its first regular meeting of the year gets a green light.

An overview of the Main Street Corridor Plan, developed by EDGE and K.E. McCartney & Associates, was provided by Plan steering committee members Downtown Mansfield, Inc. CEO Jennifer Kime and City Engineer Bob Bianchi, took Committee members on a visual and narrative walk through of the hoped-for changes to the City’s primary north-south street. More…

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Council Approves Agreements For Mansfield Lahm Project

7 Jan , 2021  

By 1812Blockhouse

Mansfield City Council’s continued support of the fueling depot project at Mansfield Lahm Airport was clear at its meeting on Tuesday night, as three pieces of legislation were passed to extend tax abatement to the new facility.

This proposal was first discussed by Council back in early November. As our story covering that meeting shared, the nearly $2 million project will further enhance Lahm’s appeal and operational capacity.

The investor in the fuel depot is Niss Aviation FBO, the new FBO operation that will, as part of the project, build a new 15,000 square feet hangar. Total investment will reach approximatly $2 million, $1.5 million of which is in that hangar construction. More…

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Public Works Director Talks About Water Meter Installation Issues

6 Jan , 2021  

By 1812Blockhouse

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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Mansfield City Council To Hold Marathon End Of Year Meeting Night

13 Dec , 2020  

By 1812Blockhouse

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…

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Lease Approved For Lahm Airport

18 Nov , 2020  

By 1812Blockhouse

An ordinance authorizing the City of Mansfield to enter into a lease agreement with Niss Aviation for Fixed Base Operator (FBO) services at Lahm Airport was approved Tuesday night by Mansfield City Council.

The lease is a component part of actions that will see the company invest $2 million into the facility to create a “fuel farm,” build a new hangar, and provide professional staff in the Lahm Airport terminal.

1812Blockhouse’s coverage of that Council discussion, including information shared by Bud Vetter, legal counsel for Niss Aviation, can be found here. More…

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Council Votes To Support Renewed Downtown Facade Program

6 Nov , 2020  

By 1812Blockhouse

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…

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Mansfield Council Passes Legislation For New Spec Industrial Building

5 Nov , 2020  

By 1812Blockhouse

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…

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Council Agendas For Ontario, Mansfield

14 Sep , 2020  

By 1812Blockhouse

City councils are meeting this week in the cities of Ontario and Mansfield. Below are agendas for both of those meetings. More…

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Blacksmith Shop Proposal Heard By City Council

23 Jul , 2020  

By: 1812Blockhouse

Tuesday’s marathon set of meetings for Mansfield City Council saw that body review over 20 pieces of legislation. Over the coming days, we will review several of those measures.

It may not have a big price tag, but a request of the Richland Early American Center for History (REACH) was one of the items on Tuesday that caused the most discussion.

Bill #20-145, which received a first reading, is a measure which would grant a license to REACH to erect a blacksmith’s shop in South Park in the vicinity of both the Blockhouse and the newly-constructed cabin. More…

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