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MANSFIELD -- Mansfield City Council is expected to vote Tuesday on resolutions honoring two city workers -- a retiring human resources specialist and a firefighter who recently completed national training.

Michelle Swoope is retiring, effective Monday, after more than 31 years in the city's HR department. A Mansfield Senior High School graduate, Swoope earned an associate's degree in business administration from North Central State College and a bachelor's degree in business administration from Mount Vernon Nazarene University.

She began her career with the city on April 16, 1990, as a confidential secretary in the personnel department.

Fire department Lt. Shawn Yerian is being honored for completing the four-year U.S. Fire Administration's National Fire Academy Executive Fire Officer Program.

To complete the program, Yerian took one two-week course per year at the National Fire Academy in Emmitsburg, Md. After each course, Yerian had to complete a research project related to the MFD within six months.

"Participating (in the training) provided an opportunity to view issues in the fire service far beyond Ohio," the resolution states. "No other fire education institution can offer such a unique curriculum that brings fire service leaders together to learn, discuss, problem-solve, and ultimately, make a difference in their community."

Also on Tuesday, City Council is expected to vote on two issues related to public art.

The first would create a Public Arts Commission in Mansfield and the second would establish a permit and approval process for murals on public property or visible from a public thoroughfare.

The commission could help accomplish one of the central goals found in the Mansfield Rising downtown investment plan.

Council is also expected to:

-- vote on demolition requests for 230 W. Sixth St., 461 Busch Place, 1229 Boyle Road and 1233 Boyle Road.

-- discuss during caucus the appropriation of $6,393.59 to buy crime lab equipment and $7,500 to purchase DNA supplies for the crime lab.

-- discuss during caucus the transfer of $41,549.43 within the street maintenance and repair fund to make the initial annual payment on a street sweeper truck.

-- vote on an amended annual action plan for the city's 2021 federal Community Development Block Grant funds.

-- discuss during caucus the 2022 tax budgets for the Township of Mansfield and the City of Mansfield, which must be submitted to the county auditor's office.

A 6:45 p.m. finance committee meeting is scheduled to begin the evening Tuesday, followed by council's caucus and legislative sessions.

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