Mansfield economic development director Tim Bowersock answers questions Tuesday evening about the property at 220 Park Avenue West.

MANSFIELD -- Mansfield City Council approved the sale of a vacant property Tuesday night, near the five-way intersection of Park Avenue West, Marion Avenue and Bowman Street for $17,000 -- the appraised value.

Council authorized the Richland County Growth Corporation to sell the land at 220 Park Ave. West on behalf of the City of Mansfield to the Flats Capital Company, which also owns the Five Points Primary Care, situated on the other side of the road.  

Economic Development Director Tim Bowersock told council the new owner, John Siegenthaler, intends to immediately use the land for additional parking, but is considering further investment at a later time. Siegenthaler is based in Mansfield. 

“They think they’ll need to expand the office building as well, but that’s down the road,” he said. 

The property fell into the city of Mansfield’s possession after the building, formerly located on the property, was condemned in summer 2016. It was torn down using the city's PRIDE tax dollars in March 2017.

Council unanimously passed this legislation on its first reading.

Council also approved plans to spend up to $155,613 on a new snowplow truck, but it’s unlikely the plow will be ready by this winter. 

The city’s public works director, David Remy, expressed a desire to have it sooner but said the city is “at the mercy of the producer of the vehicle and the package that goes with it.” 

The city intends to purchase an International HV507 cab and chassis from Rush Truck Center in Cincinnati for $83,281. It would also allot up to $73,332 for a new snow plow blade, salt-spreader body and all necessary truck modifications from Henderson Products in Bucyrus.

Funds for the new snowplow will come from the city's street maintenance and repair fund.

In other action Tuesday, Council:

-- approved spending $128,907 for the first debt payment associated with the 2019 water meter improvement bonds. The funds were moved from the “unappropriated water and sewer funds” to the “funds to transfer out classifications.”

-- approved an amendment to an ordinance to create a new position titled "Finance/Income Tax Court Coordinator" within the Finance Department. This amendment moves a “level 14” employee to “level 15” status. 

Level 14 employees can make between $30,016 to $42,900, and level 15 employees are able to make between $31,378 to $44,882. 

-- accepted a $100 donation from Mansfield resident and candidate for city council president, Aurelio Diaz, to be used for the city’s parks and recreation department for its Movies in the Park program.

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