By Tammy Moore Teague
The Mansfield City Council met in regular session on Thursday night and had an overall positive report on all areas of business.
After approving the minutes of last month’s meeting and the financial report, Mansfield Police Chief Boyd Farmer reported that the Elementary School will participate in an active shooter course on Monday. Additionally, that all officers are equipped with Narcan devices to administer in the event of a suspected overdose.
Fire Chief Stephen Haysmer was on hand to report on the fire department, advising the council that things were running smoothly. “We assisted in a structure fire in Hartford and have had many medical calls,” stated Haysmer. He presented the council with an application for a new fire department member. The council voted unanimously to accept Dylan Condray on the department. Condray has experience within other fire departments and looks to be an asset as Haysmer continues to build the fire program.
In the matter of public works, improvements continue to be made to bridges and roads. “The bridges look really good,” commented alderman Rick McDaniel. McDaniel also commended the sanitation crew on cleaning up the scattered trash on the side of the highway.
City Recorder/Treasurer Becky Walker reported on the success of the Bluegrass festival, commenting that there were at least 250 people in attendance this year. The event allowed the city to break even, with a small profit. “We hope to continue having them (Bluegrass Festivals),” Walker added.
In the matter of city announcements, Mayor Mike Gipson reminded citizens of the city-wide clean up, which will be held on October 20 from 7 a.m.-2 p.m. Also the chili/bean supper, sponsored by the Mansfield/Huntington Area Chamber of Commerce, from 5-7 p.m. at the Mansfield Senior Center. The cost for the supper is $5 per person and all proceeds go towards the town’s Christmas parade.
Gipson also announced the Resident Press’ sponsored Meet the Candidates Night, which will be held on October 22, at the Mansfield High School cafeteria, 6 p.m. Additionally, the Christmas parade, which will be held December 1 at 2 p.m. and a Christmas Tree lighting on December 8 at 6 p.m. at the gazebo. Grand Marshalls for this year’s parade will be Francie and Alex Cunningham, in memory of long-time Chamber member, Jim Cunningham.
With no further business, the Mansfield City Council meeting was adjourned.