Richland County asked to contribute 68k to Mansfield’s West End Plan:
Main Street at Sixth:
Ashland defends sectional golf title:
John Wesley Moore Jr.
You're listening to Source Daily. Join us Monday through Friday to stay up to date with what's happening in North Central Ohio. We’ll be sharing a closer look at one of our top stories, along with other news, local history, memorials, answers to your questions, and more. Today - Richland County commissioners were recently asked to contribute nearly $70,000 to the City of Mansfield's West End Neighborhood Plan.
Adrian Ackerman, the city's community development and housing director, met with commissioners and made the request to get financial support for phase 1 of a 3-phase project. What’s phase 1? It’s the initial planning, which actually began two years ago. It’s estimated to cost around $1.1 million in total.
Initial construction costs were estimated at around $700,000, but have risen dramatically since the COVID-19 pandemic began. Ackerman told commissioners the city has just over $1 million in unused federal Community Development Block Grant Funds, as well as a bit more in private donations. She also anticipates this $70,000 from the city in its 2022 budget.
So what will this project accomplish? The goal is to improve an area whose geographic boundaries are generally Marion Avenue and Park Avenue West to the west and north; South Main Street to the east; and Glessner Avenue to the south. Ackerman said the plan is to start at Wood Street and work east toward Arthur Avenue along Glessner. OhioHealth Mansfield Hospital anchors the west end of the neighborhood while St. Peter's Church and School occupies the east end.
The plan has a lot of support, in fact the leader of the area's largest employer encouraged Mansfield City Council back in December to move forward with the West End Neighborhood
Project. And Vinson Yates, president of OhioHealth Mansfield Hospital and OhioHealth Shelby Hospital, told the City Council that this has been an important neighborhood in Mansfield for a long time.
The overall plan includes improved roads, sidewalks, street lights, trees, tree lawns, and "road diets," which will analyze how streets could best serve current traffic patterns, and pedestrians alike. It also takes a deep dive into reframing Glessner Avenue. Commissioners Darrell Banks, Cliff Mears and Darrell Banks all spoke on Tuesday in support of the county's financial participation, but said they would still look for an opinion from the county prosecutor's office to ensure the general fund revenue could be used for the project.
Mansfield City Council At-large representative Stephanie Zader, who joined Ackerman at the meeting, said the planned improvements will impact far beyond city limits. And while not specifically outlined in the Mansfield Rising plan, the improvements are in keeping with the principles of the downtown revitalization program now underway.
Ackerman said the city hopes to seek bids for phase one by November or December, select a contractor by January and begin construction in March. Make sure to visit our website for updates on this story. We’re at richlandsource.com
Before we continue, we’d like to thank our sponsors at Richland Public Health… When we stopped wearing masks to prevent covid 19… that was a big change. What hasn’t changed is that the virus is still with us and coronavirus variants are easily spread among unvaccinated people. Richland Public Health urges you to find a no cost local covid 19 vaccination provider at richland health dot org. Do your part so we can all enjoy Richland County TOGETHER.
Now, some local history…Did you know that in the 1930s, Dodge and Plymouth cars were being sold in downtown Mansfield on the first block south of Sixth? By 1928, Chrysler had launched the Plymouth brand for its entry-level cars. They also bought Dodge Brothers in that same year for their line of popular cars and trucks. At the time, automobiles were exploding onto the scene of American life and even during the depression, had become a necessary ingredient of the middle class experience. By 1936, Chrysler was the second largest car company in the United States. Head over to richlandsource.com to see more pictures of downtown Mansfield and what life would have looked like during the 1920s and 1930s.
Next, From Ashland Source… Tyler Sabo and his Ashland golf teammates began their bid for a third straight trip to the state tournament in grand fashion. Sabo fired a 7-under 65 as the Arrows won a second straight Division I sectional title at Sycamore Springs Golf Course.
Lexington finished fourth and will join the Arrows at next week’s district tournament at Shawnee Country Club in Lima. Ashland has been to the state tournament each of the past two years. And the Arrows will return three of their top five golfers from last year’s team.
Now, Ashland will try to defend its district title next week. The Arrows won last year’s district crown with a 325 and will certainly be gunning for their third straight trip to the state tournament. Ashland coach Dan Priest explained they have guys who have put in a lot of work… they have given themselves an opportunity to do something special.
Finally, we’d like to take a moment to remember John Wesley Moore Jr. John was born in Kentucky and In 1957, he made the trip up Route 23. He was one of the first hires at the Ontario General Motors Plant working as a crane operator until his retirement. He and his wife Patricia married in 1958 and celebrated 53 years together until her death in 2011. Together they raised their family on a farm near Johnsville. They were faithful members of the Old Regular Baptist Church.
John was a good man, a simple man, and a man who was smarter and wiser than any formal education he could have achieved. His name is synonymous with the words hardworking and self-sacrificial. His love for farming and red trucks and tractors was only surpassed by his love for his family. He is survived by his sons and his daughters, 11 grandchildren, his sisters, his brother-in-law, and his nephews. The void John has left in the lives and hearts of those who loved him is great. Thank you for taking a moment with us to remember and celebrate John’s life.