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MANSFIELD -- Two public hearings, including one on a proposed new skate park at Maple Lark Park, are planned Tuesday before the Mansfield City Council meeting.

At its most recent meeting, council approved $25,000 to pay for the design, engineering and cost estimate for the new park.

Mark Abrams, the city's parks and recreation department manager, spoke to council June 4 about the proposed $200,000 project -- with $135,000 to $150,000 on the skate park and $50,000 to $65,000 on new playground equipment at Maple Lake Park, located on the city's west side.

Abrams is working with Spohn Ranch Skateparks in California, a company that has designed such parks around the country. 

The hearing on the skate park is planned for 6:30 p.m.

A second public hearing is scheduled for 6:45 p.m. to discuss the city's 2020 tax budget.

In other items scheduled Tuesday, council is expected to:

-- vote on the demolition of four dilapidated structures at 42 Sherman Ave., 156 Bartley Ave., 161 W. Fifth St. and 1109 Wyandotte Ave.

-- discuss during caucus the amendment of Sections 755.04 and 755.05 of the Mansfield Codified Ordinances of 2004 concerning the accrual of false alarm offenses.

-- discuss during caucus the appropriation of $188,744 from the unappropriated general fund for the purpose of transferring funds to the newly created downtown improvements fund.

-- conduct a second reading of an appropriation of $32,300 from the unappropriated general fund to the human resources department, for ID badge software update ($800), network ID card printer ($4,000), and union contract negotiations consultants ($27,500).

-- accept and appropriate a $305 donation from S/C Parties, LLC, to be used for the City’s Parks and Recreation Department "Summer Fun in the Parks" program.

-- accept and appropriate a $435 donation from Mansfield Association of Realtors to be used for the City’s Parks and Recreation Department at Liberty Pool.

-- vote to accept a $4,200 grant from the Richland County Foundation for the purpose of hiring an intern in the Community Development Department.

-- discuss during caucus the acceptance of funding from the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction for the Probation Improvement and Incentive Program in the amount of $365,696.

-- discuss during caucus the acceptance of a Community Corrections Act Grant in the amount of $259,504, authorizing the Safety-Service Director  to execute a Subsidy Grant Agreement for Community-Based Corrections Programs with the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction.

Council begins its caucus at 7 p.m. and its legislative session follows immediately afterward.

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