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The City of Mansfield Municipal Building.

MANSFIELD -- Richland Source will present a "Citizens' Agenda" Tuesday night to Mayor Tim Theaker and the new Mansfield City Council.

The list of community priorities was developed last fall during a series of six "Talk the Vote" voter engagement sessions, one in each ward in the city.

The document, which will be presented to the administration and council during its caucus session, will also be published on the Source's website.

"When we created Talk The Vote, we knew the most important outcome we wanted to create for the project was the creation of a Citizens' ​Agenda​; a document we could present that was built entirely upon what Mansfield residents said they wanted to see happen in their city," Richland Source Managing Editor Larry Phillips said. "We want this to be a resource, a guide city leaders can use as they work to improve the city in the next few years.

"It's not something that should be stuck on a shelf. It has measurable ideas voters say they will use in determining if progress is made in important areas."

During the six sessions, Source staff members asked Mansfield residents what issues they wanted their local candidates to discuss as they competed for their vote. Richland Source also solicited reader input through the Open Source section of its website.

"This document shows that collaboration — among journalists, elected officials and their communities — can be incredibly powerful when done intentionally and with an open mind," Phillips said.

The newly formed Mansfield City Council launches 2020 on Tuesday evening with six committee meetings and a swearing-in ceremony for elected members of the Mansfield Charter Review Commission.

That's all before the council caucus, scheduled to begin at 7 p.m., and the legislative session that immediately follows.

It starts with a finance committee meeting at 5:55, streets committee at 6:05, utilities at 6:15, public affairs at 6:25, parks at 6:35, charter commission swearing-in ceremony at 6:45 and an employee relations committee meeting at 6:55.

The parks committee meeting will focus on a plan proposed by Mark Abrams, the city's parks and recreation department manager, to transfer nine city parks to the Richland County Land Bank, a move that will require council approval.

It will be the first council meeting for newly elected 2nd Ward representative Cheryl Meier and 4th Ward council member Alomar Davenport.

It will also be the first time for Cliff Mears to preside as council president, moving over from his at-large seat. Former council President Phil Scott will assume his new role as an at-large member of council.

Local Republicans will soon appoint Mears' replacement as an at-large candidate to complete the final two years of his term.

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