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The Mansfield City Council met in regular session on Thursday evening, October 21 at 6 p.m. Members of the council present were Sheri Hopkins, Bobby Musgrove, Beverly Lyons, Julie Thomas, and James Steele. Member Jan Carlton was absent. Also present, Mayor Buddy Black and Recorder/Treasurer Becky Walker.

Following the reading and approval of the September 16, 2021 minutes and financials, the members of the council reviewed the city services reports.

In the Fire Chief’s report, Michael Smith noted that calls had picked back up, and that their department had participated in the fire prevention day at Mansfield Elementary and ABC Daycare. Smith added that the department has worked all football games and cross country meets. Smith thanked Dave and Craig at Dave’s Small Engines for donating their services to repair the pump motor on one of the brush trucks. Lastly, Smith reported that the first responder vests had come in and that they were paid for.

In public works, Director Joe Manes reported performing 104 work orders, repairing three water leaks, installing a new pump at the wastewater plant, and refreshing parking stripes. Lastly, Manes reported that the city-wide cleanup yielded 25 loads, filling 2-30 yard roll-offs.

In the police report, Chief Wayne Robb stated the department issued 19 citations and reported 28 violations in Scott County. In Sebastian County, four citations were issued and seven violations were reported. There were a total of 28 calls, 15 agency assists, five in Scott and 10 in Sebastian, four school calls, seven incident/arrest reports, four total accident reports, 86 traffic stops, 64 warnings were issued, three animal calls and four adult arrests.

In matters of unfinished business, the council voted to amend the elected officials’ pension ordinance. Additionally, the council discussed and voted to give pension recipients no increase for the 2022 year.

In matters of new business, the council voted unanimously to hire a new police officer, Nick Ronzzo. The council also passed Resolution No. 2021-8, to accept ARPA (American Rescue Plan Act) money, and Ordinance 2021-8, to levy taxes for Scott County.

The lone announcement, that the city would be observing Halloween on Saturday, October 30. With no further items of business, the meeting of the Mansfield City Council was adjourned.

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