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Council Meets, Talks Pressing City Business


The Mansfield City Council had postponed their meeting in March, and hosted a live stream video of this month’s meeting held Thursday evening, April 16.

All members of the council were present, observing social distancing and utilizing personal protective gear. Also present Mansfield Mayor Buddy Black and Recorder/Treasurer Becky Walker.

After approving the minutes of the previous meeting, the council reviewed the city services reports. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the Public Works Director, and Fire Chief were not in attendance.

In the matter of unfinished business, Mayor Buddy Black stated that there had been an agreement with the Cities of Hartford and Midland on sewer rate increases.

Next, Black asked the council to review proposed Ordinance 2020-2. The ordinance addresses employee training expense reimbursement. For example, if the city pays for training and that employee quits within one month, they would be responsible for reimbursing the city for the cost of training. The council took no action on the proposed ordinance, and tabled it until the next meeting.

In new business, the council heard from former Mansfield Police Officer Josh Huskey. Huskey had appealed his recent termination to the council. In his appeal, Huskey addressed the reasons for his termination and the cause for his actions.

Josh Huskey addresses the Mansfield City Council.

After hearing from Huskey, Mansfield Police Chief Wayne Robb also addressed the council.

Alderman Rick McDaniel then made the motion to go into executive session. Upon reconvening, the council voted unanimously to support the termination of Huskey.

In the last items of business, the council formally approved the repairs for Slate Road. Mayor Black then announced that the Mansfield Fourth of July Fireworks show would be canceled. Due to the unknown future with COVID-19, and the requirement to purchase the fireworks in advance, the decision was made to cancel this year’s festivities.

Lastly, Black commented on the low numbers of self-reporting with the Census. He urged everyone to participate, and be counted. Additionally, to encourage family and friends to do the same.

With no other items of business, the meeting of the Mansfield City Council was adjourned.

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