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Mansfield City Council is expected to vote Tuesday on a $200,000 plan to build a new skate park on the site of a baseball field at Maple Lark Park.

MANSFIELD -- Mansfield City Council is expected to vote Tuesday night on a $200,000 plan to build a skate park and add playground equipment at Maple Lark Park on the city's west side.

Mayor Tim Theaker said Monday morning Parks & Recreation Department Manager Mark Abrams is working with a company on the skate park development.

The mayor said the skate park will cost between $130,000 and $150,000 and the remainder will be spent on additional playground equipment.

"We trying to make improvements and give the youth of the community more opportunities," Theaker said.

Funds for the project will come from the PRIDE tax, first approved by voters in 2014 and renewed in 2017. It generates about $3.7 million annually, with 50 percent going to the police and fire departments, 22 percent to parks and recreation, 20 percent to building demolition and eight percent to lighting.

The project is expected to be discussed during a council parks committee meeting at 6:45 p.m. Council will then caucus at 7 p.m. with  the legislative session following.

In other business Tuesday, City Council is expected to:

-- Vote on a resolution urging Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine and state lawmakers to restore local government funding to pre-recession (2011) levels.

-- Vote to spend $5,104.46 for plumbing work done at the Ocie Hill Community Center.

-- Vote to pay $6,250 to Cybergenetics, the city's half of the contract with the company. The Richland County Prosecutor's Office is paying the other half to the DNA evidence company.

-- Discuss during caucus the establishment of a new capital projects fund for the city's $13.3 million water meter replacement program.

-- Discuss during caucus a potential new contract to construct a storm water management facility at Airport West Industrial Park.

-- Discuss during caucus a $1,000 grant from the Richland County Youth & Family Council to be used by the Parks & Recreation Department on its "Family Parties in the Park" program.

-- Discuss during caucus appropriating $32,000 to the human resources department for an ID badge software update ($800), network ID card printer ($4,000) and union contract negotiations consultant ($27,000).

-- Discuss during caucus appropriating $61,990.77 to purchase a new police vehicle to replace one damaged in an accident.

-- Vote to pay Libby Cleaver, 630 Weller Ave., $58.99 for damage to a mailbox allegedly damaged by a city truck.

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