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A crosswalk in the mid-block area of Fourth Street in downtown Mansfield was part of a temporary walk-ability project.

MANSFIELD --Mansfield City Council on Tuesday will discuss spending $45,000 on an ADA-accessible mid-block crosswalk across Fourth Street.

The crosswalk, part of a pop-up project created and studied by the Richland County Regional Planning Commission in early August, was recommended by the Downtown Improvement Advisory Board as a benefit to downtown pedestrians.

The funds would come from the city's downtown improvements fund created when voters approved a $5 license increase in 2018.

The crosswalk was part of a bigger project that extended over parking spaces on the north side of Fourth Street with tables, chairs and flower pots. A two-week trial period began Aug. 2.

Mansfield Mayor Tim Theaker said Friday that businesses in the area reacted positively to the crosswalk. He said the plan calls for brick/stone to be used to create the crosswalk, which was originally done through painting by local artists.

"It's going to look really nice," the mayor said.

Theaker said no decision has been made on the sidewalk-extension portion of the sidewalk.

The plan is scheduled to be discussed during a City Council finance committee meeting at 6:30 p.m. and then again during caucus. It's scheduled for a first reading on Sept. 17, a second reading on Oct. 1 and final vote on Oct. 15.

In other action on Tuesday, City Council is scheduled to:

-- vote on changes to the city's demolition requirements.

-- honor Mansfield police detective Richard Miller, who recently retired from the department.

-- vote on a request to transfer $17,000 for the purchase of a plotter and two computers in the engineering operations department.

-- discuss during caucus the acceptance of $50,000 from the Ohio Attorney General's Office to assist with the Opiate Response Team Project.

-- vote on the purchase of four parcels related to a planned dry dam project in North Lake Park.

-- vote on one-year leases for Richland County Children Services and the North End Community Improvement Collaborative for space at the Ocie Hill Neighborhood Center, 445 Bowman St.

-- vote on a new collective bargaining agreement with the International Association of Firefighters Local #266, which represents the city's firefighters.

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