NLP bridge

This aging bridge at Mansfield's North Lake Park may be replaced if the City of Mansfield can obtain a state grant.

MANSFIELD -- Mansfield City Council is expected to vote Tuesday night on an ordinance allowing the city to seek a state grant that would replace an aging, crumbling bridge at North Lake Park.

The sandstone structure crosses the creek just before it flows into the lake at the park on the city's northeast side. The northern section of the wall on the western side of the bridge has completely collapsed and concrete barriers have been placed there for safety.

NLP bridge barriers

Concrete barriers have been placed on a bridge at Mansfield's North Lake Park. The wall on that side of the bridge has collapsed.

The legislation doesn't indicate how large a grant the city is seeking, nor does it include a total price tag for the replacement.

A message was left Monday for city engineer Robert Bianchi. The ordinance is scheduled to be voted on as an emergency.

North Lake Park bridge

This aging, crumbling sandstone bridge at Mansfield's North Lake Park may be replaced.

Council will conduct four committee meetings before its caucus session begins, including finance (6 p.m.), streets (6:25), utilities (6:35) and claims (6:45).

Caucus is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. with the legislative session immediately following.

Also on Tuesday, Mansfield City Council is expected to:

-- conduct first readings on two ordinances that would appropriate $61,990.77 for a police cruiser damaged in an accident. The first bill moves unappropriated fund dollars to the safety services, which are then appropriated to police capital outlay for the purchase.

-- vote on a resolution honoring police Det. Richard Miller, who retired Aug. 1 after 28 years with the Mansfield Police Department.

-- vote to accept a $100 donation from Dan and Barb Tucker of Tucker Brothers Auto Wrecking for use by the Mansfield Fire Department Fire Prevention Bureau.

-- vote to accept a $200 donation from the Richland Area Chamber & Economic Development to be used by the city Parks & Recreation Dept.'s in purchasing a license for its Movies in the Park program.

-- vote to accept a $250 donation from the Kiwanis Club of Mansfield to be used by the city's Parks & Recreation Dept.'s Family Parties in the Park program.

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-- discuss during caucus a donation of $29,427.75 from the OhioHealth Emergency Department for six chest compression systems, plus accessories, to be used by the Mansfield Fire Department. The total cost of the project is $92,706 and the fire department has also applied for funding from the Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation.

-- vote to levy special assessments to homeowners in the Glenwood and Parkwood boulevard areas for sprinkling, mowing, sweeping and cleaning the glass plots or lawn strips in the middle of the boulevards.

-- discuss during caucus a proposal to transfer $38,000 within the general fund for unspecified security enhancements.

-- discuss during caucus a proposal to increase the amount of petty cash maintained in the utility collections department change drawer.

-- vote to transfer $751 from the parks & recreation fund to cover the remaining balance of the Liberty Pool operations contract with the Mansfield Area Y.

-- discuss during caucus a proposal for the city to seek bids and enter into a contract to purchase a water valve exercising trailer. The Ohio EPA has mandated the City of Mansfield implement a water valve exercising program, requiring the trailer purchase.

-- discuss during caucus a proposal that would allow the city to enter into a three-year contract for engineering and planning services related to the inspection of sewers using CCTV equipment and other inflow and infiltration techniques.

-- conduct a first reading of an ordinance amending the city's building demolition codes, including deadlines and fees.

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