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MANSFIELD -- A $27,310 emergency repair at the city's underground wastewater treatment lift station along Ohio 39 caught the eye of city leaders during a Board of Control meeting Tuesday.

Bob Coker, the city's wastewater treatment plant manager, asked the board to approve the repair, which will come from the city's sewer fund.

Coker said the problem began in late October and resulted in sewage coming up from the ground near a creek.

He said city workers tried to resolve the issue, but found it was deeper than expected and that B.K. Layer Inc. of Perrysville had to be hired to excavate and make repairs.

"It was an emergency situation," Coker said.

The board, consisting of Mayor Tim Theaker, Finance Director Linn Steward and acting Safety-Service Director Dave Remy, ultimately voted 3-0 to approve the work.

But Steward and Theaker had questions.

Steward said the issue should have been presented to the Board of Control sooner, even if the total amount of the work had been known.

"At least all of the administration would have known about it," she said.

Theaker said he also was not aware of the issue.

"I agree with Director Steward it would have been nice to bring it to our attention so we would know about it," Theaker said.

Coker said he didn't disagree.

"Initially, we thought we could get down there and fix it ourselves," he said. "This one got away from us. I understand what you are saying. I will do that in the future and I will keep that in mind."

Also on Tuesday, the board approved spending $77,098 for four new Stryker Medical 15 V4 heart monitor/defibrillators for the Mansfield Fire Department.

Assistant Chief Mark Stieving said the price includes the trade in of four 12-year-old units. The money would come from funds the city set aside last year in American Rescue Plan Act revenue replacement dollars.

Mansfield City Council is expected to consider the proposal when it meets on Jan. 18.

The Control Board also approved a $48,500 loan from the city's revolving loan fund for the owners of the Deja Food food truck, who plan to open a brick-and-mortar restaurant at the site of the former Fork & Fingers in downtown Mansfield.

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