Mansfield municipal building

Until a final 2020 city budget is approved, Mansfield City Council may decide Tuesday to take a greater role in spending decisions. (Richland Source file photo)

MANSFIELD -- Mansfield City Council on Tuesday is scheduled to consider a $100,000 proposal to replace playgrounds at two city parks.

The money, which would come from the unappropriated parks and recreation fund, will provide new playground equipment at Prospect Park and also at North Lake Park.

"It won't be anything horribly fancy, but will be better than what we have," said Mark Abrams, the city's parks and recreation manager. "Hopefully we will have a little (money) left over to do some work on (park) benches and things like that."

Council voted in July to appropriate $55,000 for new playground equipment for Maple Lark Park, though it delayed a proposal to spend $135,00 0 to $150,000 on a new skate park at that site.

The skate park idea has since been shelved by Abrams, who said he will bring it back once a master plan for the city's 30 parks is completed, perhaps by the end of the year.

The only funds allocated by City Council for the parks system during the last five years have come through the PRIDE tax voters approved in 2014, which generates about $815,000 annually.

Almost two-thirds of that money ($515,000) is spent each year on salaries, mowing and park maintenance, including four workers who spend their time directly working in the parks.

Also on Tuesday, City Council is scheduled to:

-- have a second reading on legislation that would tighten up the city's demolition laws.

-- honor Mansfield police Det. Richard Miller, who retired Aug. 1.

-- honor Mansfield firefighter Link Briggs Sr., who retired June 22 after more than 26 years with the department. Briggs received the department's Legion of Merit award in 1996 and 2007 and was also Firefighter of the Year in 2001 and 2018.

-- vote on demolition of dilapidated houses at 132 Willis Ave., 133 Sturges Ave., 153 N. Mulberry St., 171 W. Fourth St., 306 Miller St., 582 Dewey Ave. and 600 Dewey Ave.

-- vote to approve a section of land for North Lake Park Drive as public right-of-way, needed to submit a grant request for reconstruction of the North Lake Park bridge.

-- vote to authorize the purchase of a house/property at 261 Elmwood Drive for $85,000. The property is needed for the Touby Run Flood Mitigation Hazard Project.

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