Municipal

The City of Mansfield Municipal Building.

MANSFIELD -- Mansfield City Council is scheduled to vote Tuesday evening on the city's 2020 HOME and Community Development Block Grant funds.

The 7 p.m. caucus and council sessions will be conducted remotely by council members and will be streamed live on the city's Facebook page.

Members of the public with comments or questions can email them to citycouncil@ci.mansfield.oh.us. Questions will be also be accepted at the beginning of the council legislative session, which is when emailed comments and questions will also be read.

A finance committee meeting at 6:30 p.m. will precede the council session. It will also be livestreamed on the city's Facebook page.

During caucus, council will discuss "adopting personnel positions, pay grades and salaries" for certain city employees, raising the top pay ranges for the following positions, retroactive to Dec. 14, 2019.

-- airport manager ($66,300 maximum from the current $65,000 maxixmum)

-- building maintenance chief building official ($74,400 from $74,200)

-- Clearfork Reservoir operations supervisor ($63,700 from $63,000) and seasonal park police/full-time temporary ($15 from $12 per hour)

-- community development economic development director ($78,900 from $78,300)

-- fire division chief ($95,100 from $94,100)

-- law director deputy law director ($73,600 from $72,100), first assistant law director ($73,600 from $72,100), executive assistant ($58,700 from $57,500) and paralegal ($15 from $12 per hour).

-- parks and recreation maintenance worker (part-time) ($15 from $12).

-- police division assistant chief ($95,000 from $89,600), confidential secretary ($48,300 from $48,000), police aide ($11 from $10) and parking control officer ($11 from $9).

-- service complex senior operations supervisor ($73,150 from $63,000).

-- wastewater treatment division manager ($85,000 from $73,150).

-- water treatment division manager ($85,000 from $73,150).

Council is also expected to give first reading to a proposal to convert Diamond Street to two-way traffic from First Street to Sixth Street. It will also give a first read to a proposal to appropriate $50,000 from the downtown improvement fund to help pay for the proposed $400,000 project.

Council is expected to vote on:

-- vote on acceptance of donations totaling $2,053 for Cyclops Circle improvements from Gorman Rupp & Associates ($600), Mechanics Bank ($300), Telks LLS/Tom Sneeringer ($300), International Association of Firefighters ($300), Kahl's Electric ($252), CCI Midwest ($251) and  Vasu Communications ($50).

-- vote on acceptance of donations totaling $450 for police division crime prevention materials from Kyle Kennedy ($200), Rinehardt-Walters-Danner & Associates ($100), Steven Brown ($100) and Roby-Foster-Miller-Earick ($50).

-- vote on acceptance of a $1,000 donation from Walmart to be used to buy patrol shields for the police division.

-- vote on a proposal to purchase two 2020 Ford Police Interceptor utility vehicles from Matthews Ford in Marion at a cost not to exceed $118,626.32. Council will also vote on an appropriation of $20,000 from the safety-service fund to help pay for the vehicles.

-- vote on four separate pieces of legislation for the fire division, including the appropriation of $42,863.75 for equipment, including $9,988.75 for equipment for the new ladder truck, $18,600 for equipment for new firefighters and $14,275 to replace condemned fire hose.

-- vote to temporarily lease .62 acres of Hamilton Park to American Transmissions Systems, Inc., which will work in conjunction with First Energy during the U.S. 30 improvement project. The lease will be from April 15 to July 30.

-- vote on a proposal to transfer 14 parcels of land to the Richland County Land Bank "that no longer have a valid public purpose."

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