Municipal

The City of Mansfield Municipal Building.

MANSFIELD -- Funds for affordable rental housing on the north end and the same for senior citizens near OhioHealth Mansfield Hospital were among requests Tuesday during a Community Development Block Grant/HOME Investment Partnerships Program meeting with Mansfield City Council.

In addition to home rehab awards in each city ward, nine different organizations made requests for funds, including:

-- North End Community Improvement Collaborative -- $490,000 to construct rental housing and $30,000 to assist the organization become designated as a Community Housing Development Organization (CHDO). A CHDO is a private nonprofit, community-based organization that has staff with the capacity to develop affordable housing for the community it serves.  NECIC also requested $28,289 for its community garden program.

-- Ohio District 5 Area Agency on Aging -- $600,000 for a Ritter's Run Senior Community rental properties near Ohio Street, not far from the hospital.

-- Richland County Transit -- $70,000 to support ADA-required, para-transit door-to-door service.

-- City of Mansfield Parks & Recreation -- $125,000 for a skate park at Prospect Park, $12,800 for summer recreation program interns and $2,000 for summer rec activities.

-- Culliver Reading Center -- $54,103 for its after-school programming for children.

-- Urban Minority Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Outreach (UMADAOP) -- $20,000 to support its Student Achievement Leadership Training program.

-- Catholic Charities -- $10,000 to support its HOPE Food Pantry.

-- Metropolitan Housing Authority -- $60,000 for a home lead remediation program, $35,000 for emergency monthly housing payments and $20,000 for foster youth and disabled housing assistance.

-- Friendly House -- $57,565 for window replacements.

The CDBG program is one of the longest-running programs of the U.S. Dept. of Housing and Urban Development and provides federal funds with the goals of affordable housing, anti-poverty programs and infrastructure development.

Council will have to make a final determine allocation decision and submit the plan to HUD. Last year, the city allocated $894,831 in CDBG money and $252,424 in HOME funds.

Also on Tuesday, council:

-- approved a $2,000 donation from NCD Ohio Elks No. 56 to purchase a metal detector for the Mansfield Police Department.

-- approved a $19,312.87 payment to Superion, LLC/Central Square for first-quarter maintenance fees for software services for the police department.

-- approved a request to pay the Ohio Department of Transportation $18,702.75 for the U.S. 42 resurfacing.

-- approved the acceptance of a $60,000 state grant for a family violence liaison officer. The grant pays for 75 percent of the cost and the city will pay $20,000 in matching dollars.

-- approved a $118 donation to the Mansfield Fire Department from Annielynn Miller. The funds, to be used for the fire prevention program, are being donated in the memory of former Mansfield Fire Chief Richard Krizan.

-- approved the vacation of a portion of Edwards Avenue between South Franklin Street and Lundy's Lane and a portion of Harris Place between the same two streets.

-- approved a $506,084, five-year contract with CenturyLink to provide internet access and network services.

-- approved software maintenance agreements with Superion LLC/CentralSquare Company ($77,251) and Sundance Systems ($101,479) for the police and fire departments.

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