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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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COPS Grant Approved By Mansfield Council

22 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.

One of those ordinances with a significant impact for the City involved possible acceptance of a COPS Hiring Program Grant in the amount of $ 1,083,097 through the Department of Justice, Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (“COPS”).

As explained by Police Chief Keith Porch, the monies represent a three-year grant which will cover the wages and benefits for four new police officers. In the fourth year, the City has to agree to keep those officers employed in the Division of Police and to cover 100% of those same expenses. More…

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IT Package Discussed By Mansfield Council Committee

17 Jun , 2020  

By: 1812Blockhouse Staff

Mansfield City Council’s Finance Committee members asked themselves a question on Tuesday evening which government officials are asking all over Ohio these days.

How can a city best plan for the future in light of the unknown economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic?

In the case of Mansfield, that refers to the City’s needs for technology and hardware, items which often become obsolete within a few years leaving them vulnerable and without opportunities for support. More…

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Mansfield Moves Ahead With Service Line Cleaning

6 May , 2020  

By: 1812Blockhouse Staff

At Council’s virtual meetings on Monday evening, two pieces of legislation received the most discussion.

One, the creation of a Community Reinvestment Area program for the City of Mansfield, was covered by 1812Blockhouse in a previous post.

The other dealt with a $58,000 piece of cleaning. In specific, the measure first heard by Council’s Finance Committee would authorize a contract with a particular vendor, without bidding, for the inspection and cleaning of the main service line at the City’s Water Treatment Plant. More…

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Council Committee Hears More Specifics On Possible Shortfalls

22 Apr , 2020  

By: 1812Blockhouse Staff

At its last meeting, Mansfield City Council’s Finance Committee, and City Councilperson Jean Taddie, asked for additional specifics on how an estimated 20% decrease in revenue would impact finances for the City.

At that time, it was suggested by City Finance Director Linn Steward that to deal with the difference between revenue and expenditures, that a combination of budget cuts and use of the Budget Stabilization Fund would likely be necessary.

In a virtual meeting held on Tuesday evening, April 21, the Finance Committee met again and Setward led members on a review of the City’s budget areas and the likely impact of such a reduction on each. More…

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Salary Increase For City Officials To Be Considered Tuesday Night

17 Dec , 2019  

In its two most recent meetings, Mansfield City Council has considered legislation that would repeal a 2009 ordinance and thereby allow pay increases for Mansfield’s mayor, law director, finance director, president of city council and city council members. More…

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Vega Announces Candidacy For Mansfield City Council At Large Seat

9 Jan , 2019  

NOTE: The following press release was received on Monday from the candidate.

Joel Vega has announced that he is running for Mansfield City Council – At Large on the Democratic ballot, in 2019.

Mr. Vega is an educator and entrepreneur. Joel moved back to Mansfield in 2012 to raise his family, be near relatives, and start a performing arts business. More…

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Crundwell Announces Candidacy For Second Ward Seat

7 Jan , 2019  

NOTE: The following press release was received on Monday morning from the candidate.

Jason Crundwell, a Mansfield native announced on Monday that he is seeking election to the Mansfield City Council for the Second Ward.  Crundwell is currently the Director of Development and Alumni Relations for St. Peter’s Parish & School, and owner of Crundwell Digital Marketing, a small website design company. More…

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Mansfield City Council To Start New Year Right Away

31 Dec , 2018  

It is said that “time waits for no man.” Neither does it wait for city governments.

Wasting no time in getting ready for the new year, Mansfield City Council is set to meet this Thursday, January 2 at 7:30 at the Mansfield Municipal Building. More…

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Council Agenda For Tuesday Meeting Includes Measure Related To Planned US30 Resurfacing

17 Dec , 2018  

The final regular meeting of Mansfield City Council for 2018 on Tuesday will see the body consider a number of important year-end matters.

In addition to routine end-of-the-year matters, included in the items to be considered is a measure related to the State of Ohio’s planned resurfacing of US30 from the Fourth Street intersection to the SR 309 intersection. More…

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Commissioners Continue Animal Control Conversation; Dispel Dog Warden Rumors

9 Aug , 2018  

The topic of animal control has been a front burner local issue over the last few years, and it was brought up at a recent meeting of the Richland County Commissioners.

In June, Mansfield City Council discussed the control situation after three city children were attacked and/or bitten by dogs in the preceding ten weeks. More…

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