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Meeting Minutes/Instant Actions

 

Mansfield Area Beautification Minutes October 20, 2016

 

Doug Versaw opened and led the Beautification meeting with nine in attendance. 

Carrousel District Projects

Chuck Hahn is working on a Downtown Banner Project for the next 2-3 years which will coordinate banners downtown. John Fernyak reported that Kingwood has banners along each side of the entrance. However, Kingwood feels that they are too small and plan to order larger ones.

Hanging Flower Basket Program

The plants, planted in the baskets, cost approximately $30, and watering costs about $90 for the season. We need to allow $125 per basket. For future expansion next year, Kurt Stimens may purchase 3 new baskets in front of the Chase Building.

Subway/PAE/Ashland Road Landscaping

Progress is being made. Some shrubs have been planted and the mulch is in. We have $10,000 from the grant, and raised $4000 in kind. More money might be needed to complete the job.

For the Lamar billboard, Kathy Goodwin showed a sketch which will feature a scene similar to Monet’s Garden which will have a light blue background with flowers on both sides.

South Main Street Trees

The grant for South Main Street trees was $15,000. The west side has cables which prevent planting trees and the east side is too narrow. We will put a hold on the trees. Rather than moving trees to another location, since the grant was for South Main Street, The Richland County Foundation would like to see us improve South Main Street in some way.  It was suggested that we could line the street with flags, which was Jeff Parton’s idea. They could go from the BP Station to the Richland County Foundation.

Downtown Christmas Lights

-          Doug Versaw found Christmas lights at the County Garage which need to be converted to LED lights.  

-          $6000 from the grant has been used to buy new wreaths with LED lights.

-           The City Council has approved the IBEW and AFL- CIO to volunteer to help put up Christmas wreaths and lights.  12 unions might raise money for Christmas lights.  The City will put up wreaths on Streetscape poles.

-          Doug applied at Home Depot to get incandescent lights changed to LED. It will cost about $2400 to change existing incandescent to warm LED. 

-           Pam Siegenthaler suggested that we complete the wreaths and the lighting of the trees downtown on the north and south corridor. Then we could concentrate on expanding the Christmas lights and wreaths east and west.

 

Announcements

-          The Carrousel would like to have lights for branches of their trees and around the windows.

-          Richland Gives Day of Giving is scheduled for November 29 from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Last year at total of $67,000 was raised for area nonprofits. Donations may be made at certain times throughout the year to a Facebook account.

 

Instant Actions

-           John Fernyak will get information about the Kingwood banners from Chuck Gleaves.

-          Doug Versaw will send a press release and schedule a press conference to announce the Christmas lights and hanging of the wreaths. He will mention the IBEW’s assistance to the City in putting up lights. He will also ask for contributions to help with purchasing more lights.

-          A Web page and a Facebook page for Beautification through RCDG will be designed for Richland Gives.

-          Kathy Goodwin will order a Christmas wreath through the commercial company in Arizona, and more decorations if more money is raised.

 

Next meeting 9 a.m. November 17 at Chuck Hahn’s Conference Room, 108 North Main Street, rear.

 

Mansfield Area Beautification Minutes September 15, 2016

 

Twelve people attended the Beautification Meeting at Chuck Hahn’s Conference room. In the absence of Doug Versaw, Roberta Perry was there, and Chuck Hahn led the meeting.

Hanging Flower Baskets

-          The program was successful and will be repeated next year, with hopes of future expansion to more areas.

-          Richland Source took pictures of the flowers downtown and will get them to RCDG who will give them to the Richland County Foundation to show progress for the grants from them.

South Main Street Tree Planting

Since it may not feasible to plant trees on South Main Street because of lack of appropriate space, etc., the trees may be planted at other locations. North Main Street might be an appropriate space for relocation, where some dead trees were recently removed.  Some stumps may still need to be removed.

Subway/PAW Landscaping

The grass seeding was done on the big side at the subway.  Roberta received a 47 page report from Norfolk and Southern in Chicago indicating that it would cost us an exorbitant amount for permission to do any work on the subway owned by them. The use of paint is questionable. More information is needed to continue.

Downtown Christmas Lighting

-          Doug found the old Christmas lights and wants to replace with LED’s. A subgroup should meet every 2 weeks to plan for Christmas.

-          Kathy Goodwin has obtained information from a company in Arizona specializing in commercial Christmas lighting and décor. Lighting will be considered for the Gazebo, Christmas trees, and branches of existing trees. Greenery will be considered for the light poles.

 Planters

-          Bryan Gladden reported the planters were watered every 3 days this summer by the City at no cost. Newhope also watered, but were paid.  

-          Pioneer (downtown) will take out the plants from the planters this fall, which counts as community service hours. John Bletner from Possum Run says we can save the grasses for a possible comeback next year.  If it does not work, nothing is lost.

-           VOA and Abraxas helped with clean up this year.

-          Warren Rupp employees want to volunteer in the community.

Carrousel District Projects 

Chuck Hahn is still trying to get banners put up downtown.  He would like to see future expansion for the banners, and will look for other locations. 

 

Announcements

-          The deadline for new projects for 2017 grant requests from the Richland County Foundation is October 30. We need to provide a brief description for what we would like to do, which Roberta Perry at RCDG, will get to Allie Watson at the Richland County Foundation.

-          RCDG will participate in Richland Gives on November 29.  Roberta will create a Web Page for that.

-          Bryan Gladden is planning a St Peter’s District cleanup from 3:30-5:30 on October 12 with October 13 as the rain date. He will try to get on line volunteers as well as church volunteers.

-          Ron Davis needs the dates to hang Christmas lights and will get volunteers to help. He will meet with Dave Lorenz to find out when and which lights the City will put up. William Thompson, President of IBEW, will also get volunteers to help with the Downtown Christmas Lights.

-           Downtown merchants could be encouraged to decorate store window, with a contest for a possible prize. 

Instant Actions

   -    Kathy will get costs and samples of Christmas decorations from the company in Arizona.

  -     A committee should be formed to coordinate Downtown store fronts decorations.

  -     Roberta will contact someone at Norfolk and Southern in Atlanta to explain improvements that have         been accomplished and work that still needs to be done.

 -    Doug and Roberta will send a letter to Allie Watson at the Richland County Foundation explaining the need to relocate the South Main Street trees and ask for an extension to decide on tree location.

 -    A press release will be prepared about the Christmas lights.

 -    Chuck will plan a subcommittee for Christmas Lights.

 

 Next meeting 9 a.m. October 20 at Chuck Hahn’s Conference Room, 108 North Main Street, rear.

 

Mansfield Area Beautification Minutes August 18, 2016

 

The Beautification meeting at Chuck Hahn’s Conference Room had 8 in attendance.  Doug Versaw conducted the meeting and welcomed newcomer Ron Davis.

Sector Grant Status

-          Hanging Flower Basket Program – The baskets look good and are being watered by Newhope.

-          Tree Planting on 4th St. between Walnut and Mulberry is complete and trees are watered regularly.

-          Subway/PAE/Ashland Road Landscaping is ongoing. John Stierhoff is ready (after the pole removal delay) to put up the wall.  Cement Products will donate the wall. PPG will donate 20 gallons of paint, but approval is needed from Norfolk and Southern to paint.  Doug has been in contact with Norfolk and Southern in Chicago who sent specs for paint. We need to clean cement and paint. Billboard Design is in progress for the Donation Thank You.  Donations are needed to finish project. 

-          South Main Street Tree Planting – Centurylink cable runs all the way on the west side of South Main Street, which will prevent planting trees there.   Approval is needed from the property owners to plant trees. Some trees from the original plan will be moved to other locations downtown.

-          Downtown Christmas Lighting -   Christmas lights are stored in gazebo.  Doug did an inventory at City Garage and found 40 wreaths being stored there, but only 20 are typically used at Christmas. 

Eventually we would like to replace incandescent lights with LEDs for Christmas decorations.

Announcements and Other Projects.

-          Carrousel District Projects – Plans are being made for Christmas decorations for the stage area. Planters Downtown are doing well.

-          Ron Davis announced that the AFL-CIO Unions, including 12 trade unions and IBEW, are available to become involved and can make donations and volunteer to help with putting up Christmas lights and other projects.

-           Some trees are gone Downtown. Stumps will be removed soon, and the City will plant and pay for 14 new trees to be planted from the Gazebo at 4th to the Reeds building.

-          North Main Street improvement is continuing.

-          The bricks are being removed from the building at 5th and Main. The building will eventually be torn down, and will be green space or a possible new parking lot.

-          The County Garage renovations are nearing completion.

-          John Bletner from Possum Run Plants and Provisions announced that the mums are beautiful and could be used to enhance Downtown this fall.

Other Projects in 2016 or Near Future

-           Wayne Sanchez is planning to paint his Warehouse near the Brass site.

-          The property owned by Paul Goldman at Orchard and North Main Street will be improved and grass planted.

-          Chuck Hahn suggested that Richland Source take pictures of hanging baskets. Maura Teynor said the Visitors and Convention Bureau and the Chamber already have pictures of downtown which might be used for marketing.

-          4th Street needs improvement from Downtown to Senior High School.

 

Instant Actions

-          Doug will contact Richland and Mechanics Banks to confirm their commitment to future sponsorship of the hanging flower baskets in their area. He will also talk with other possible sponsors.

-          Bryan will make a request to use the City’s pressure washer on the subway.

-          Doug, Kathy, Ron and Bryan will check about Christmas decorations, and request that volunteers be used to help the City put up Christmas decorations.

-          Doug will call Cliff and the City about sources of power for Christmas decorations. 

-          Bryan Gladden will help with the Downtown Christmas Parade on November 19 and the tree lighting on December 3.

-          Doug will contact Ali Watson at Richland County Foundation for approval for the tree location changes from South Main Street to other areas Downtown.

-          Doug will plan a press conference about Christmas lights and express our need for donations.

 

Next meeting 9 a.m. September 15 at Chuck Hahn’s Conference Room, 108 North Main Street, rear.




Mansfield Area Beautification Minutes July 21, 2016

 

Doug Versaw presided over the Beautification meeting with 8 people in attendance. Maura Teynor from the Richland County Foundation introduced their summer intern, Chrissy Foltz.

Doug announced that the Shade Tree Commission recently approved 14 new trees on Main Street from 4th Street to the Square.  Some are replacement trees.

Downtown Planters are looking good. At the beginning of the summer, Justin Marotta explained the watering procedures to Newhope, who is doing the watering. One complaint that had been heard was that the small planters require more water more often.

Hanging Flower Basket Program – The baskets are looking good and are flourishing. New funding is need to continue the baskets for the future. Mechanics and Richland Bank are willing to continue their financial support each year.  Appointments should be made to verify their support.

Tree planting on 4th between Walnut and Mulberry is complete.  They need water 2 times per week and are looking better.

Subway/PAE -   This project in ongoing.

-          Ohio Edison finally removed the pole after a 5 week delay. The bill was $4100 which they deemed gratis.

-          We have at least $30,000, including about $20,000 in kind.

-           Norfolk and Southern needs to provide requirements and specifications for paint to be used on the cement on the overpass. We are still working with PPG.

-           John Fernyak met with PPG and discovered that PPG has a community project division which might provide support or donation.  Sherwin Williams also is willing to help. 

-          Doug is investigating the possibility for new railings on the overpass, which are in bad shape. 

-          Dan Jacobs generously did the excavating.

-          The wall will be donated by Cement Products.

-           Lamar is providing a vinyl billboard under their main billboards, to recognize and thank the donations which have been made.  Kathy Goodwin, of Element of Art, presented a painting panel done by their clients, with a theme relating to water and gardens to use as the border for the billboard. We discussed a possible reception to unveil the panel. 

South Main Street Tree Planting - John Stierhoff and Doug Versaw walked South Main Street to determine possible tree placement in relation to lines for gas, water, utilities, etc.  They determined that 55 trees are needed, rather than the original estimate of 79 trees.  We will request changing the location of the extra trees to Downtown.  Maura talked to Ali and Brady at the Foundation and said we need to send a written plan.  We also need to get the names of property owners.

Downtown Christmas Lighting - Kathy presented several ideas and prices for lighting, using lighted garland, wreaths and other decorative lighting from Arizona based company “Christmas Light Decorations”. We need to contact the City for approval, and for places for electrical access.  The Sector grant was for $6000. Chuck suggested that we focus the additional lighting on Main Street from 4th Street to 2nd Street.

 Announcements and other Projects

The weeds are grown up at Trimble and Route 30, and need to be mowed.

Bryan Gladden announced that Abraxas is doing weeding downtown.

Richland Bank is redoing the parking lot on PAW so planters were relocated to Diamond Street.

Richland Visitors and Convention Bureau has banners to be put up soon. 

 

Instant Actions

Doug, Bryan, Dalton and Kathy will contact the City for power availability for adding lighting and check the inventory of Christmas décor for the square and Carrousel. 

Doug will talk to John Fernyak about existing overhead lights which are in bad shape.

We will begin to assemble information about donors for Lamar’s “thank you” billboard.

Kathy Goodwin will ask the Carrousel about Christmas lights and electric access.

Doug will compose a letter for South Main Street Property Owners about the proposed trees.

 

Next meeting 9 a.m. August 18 at Chuck Hahn’s conference room, 108 North Main Street, rear.

 

Mansfield Area Beautification Minutes June 16, 2016

 

10 people gathered at Chuck Hahn’s conference room with Doug Versaw presiding. Since minutes had not been emailed this month, they were reviewed and approved.

 

Downtown Planter Program

Pam Siegenthaler reported that there was an increase in donations received this year for the planters.
The plant selection is good and the soil had been prepared properly. John Bletner from Possum Run Plants and Provisions was there that day to help oversee the planters.  Plants in the planters in front of Mechanics Bank had recently been pulled out by vandals, but were replanted by volunteers before the Miss Ohio parade.

Hanging Flower Basket Program

A grant will pay for watering the baskets.  They look good, and are healthy. It was suggested that brighter color flowers and light color hanging vine would be greater “wow” factor.

Carrousel District Projects

John Fernyak reported that his crew is painting and fixing up some properties downtown.  Zach reported that the VOA will be available in August to help remove brick from the building at 5th and Main.  DMI will get the banners up soon.

Sector Grant Status

Tree planting on 4th Street  

Tree planting is complete, but six trees are suffering.  Newhope will be watering these as needed.

Subway/ Park Ave East

VOA did a cleanup of scrub bushes, trash etc.  No progress has been made in the last two weeks. PPG says there no need to paint and have not been responsive. Landscaping will continue. Ohio Edison replaced the old pole.  Lamar has indicated they will provide a recognition billboard, for which we are asked to provide information. The grant will not cover the cost of the entire project, so more money is needed.

South Main Street Trees

This tree project has been delayed until fall. More planning is needed based, on the canopy of existing trees, space limitations, etc.

Downtown Christmas lighting

The quote from National Electric for 20 lighted wreaths is close to $300 each.  The sector grant for Christmas lights is $6000.

Future Projects

-          Pam Siegenthaler suggested obtaining new planters on Diamond.

-          24 Streetscape lights on Fourth Street from Diamond to Mulberry would cost about $108,000.

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Announcements

-          Jeanne Meisse talked with Chamber President Jodie Perry. At the present time, the Chamber Curb Appear Contest for this year is on hold.

-          Some downtown trees are gone. After we determine how many tress are needed on South Main, we may consider other locations downtown for planting trees.

-          Doug was contacted by Hedges School to use 10 kids for summer jobs. JR Rice of the

Codes Department and City are using the students to clean up some foreclosed properties by removing trash.  The City will mow. People have been thanking them for their work.

Instant Actions

-          Doug Versaw will contact Sherwin Williams for paint advice and a quote.

-          John Fernyak will contact PPG for advice and a quote.

-          Doug will write a letter to Ali Watson at the Richland County Foundation to request changing the use of some of the South Main Street trees grant money to Downtown.

-          Doug Versaw and Linda Sampson will work on finding property owners on South Main Street.

-          John Stierhoff will look at the new trees on Fourth Street which are suffering, and make recommendations for watering.  

 

Next meeting 9 a.m. July 21 at Chuck Hahn’s Conference Room, 108 North Main Street, rear.



Mansfield Area Beautification Minutes May 19, 2016

 

The Beautification meeting was at Chuck Hahn’s Conference room with 8 people attending. Doug Versaw conducted the meeting.

Downtown Planter Program

John Stierhoff reported that new dirt was provided, but some of the old dirt was also used in the planters. Bryan Gladden reported that Abraxas volunteers will be used every week to help weed some areas downtown, including the planters.

Sector Grant Status

-          The tree plantings on 4th Street between Walnut and Mulberry have been completed. Rex’s Landscaping was invoiced and has paid.

-          The Subway/ Park Avenue East landscaping is ongoing. Ohio Edison replaced a pole, and Jacobs Excavating brought fill dirt. Lamar requested that we come up with a design for the billboard recognition. More donations are need to complete the project.

-          South Main Street tree planting is on hold, with a reduction on the number of trees. The Shade Tree Commission has requested a more detailed plan.

-          Downtown Christmas Lighting will be enhanced with eight new lighted wreaths, for which Doug is awaiting a quote. Brackets are also needed.

-          Hanging Flower Baskets should be up by early June, after danger of frost.  Possum Run planted the baskets earlier this spring. Justin Marotta met with Newhope about watering.

Carrousel District Projects

The Merchants in the area have been asked to focus more on keeping the area around their businesses cleaner by removing trash, cigarette butts, etc.  The request has been made for bars to close at 1:30 a.m. instead of 2 a.m. Chuck Hahn reported that Lee Tasseff of the Conventions and Visitors Bureau is interested in the banner program.

Other Announcements

-          Earth Stewardship 20th Anniversary is still in progress for this summer. There is no information yet about the Curb Appeal Contest. John Stierhoff suggested that a gift card might be awarded as part of the recognition for Curb Appeal.

-          We are all asked for help to clean right of ways to assist City Codes Department.

-          Linda Sampson announced that Mechanics Bank is renovating Jimmy’s building store front.

-          John Stierhoff reported that the Land Bank plans to tear down 50 more houses and will convert to green space through a grant.

-          Chuck announced that the traffic survey is on hold at this time.

-          Rick Taylor is interested in a cover for the Brick Yard for weather protection.

-          John Fernyak reported that the awnings have been replaced on the Reed’s Building and that other work is in progress, such as new windows, etc.

-          Also, repairs will be done on the Burno and the Komito’s Buildings.

Future possible projects

-          Bryan Gladden suggested that we add trees on South Diamond.

-          Streetscape lights on 4th and Diamond to Mulberry would cost $108,000.

-          A Splash Park idea has been presented by Warren Rupp Company.  RCDG and Land Bank could look for an appropriate space.

-          The Building at 5th and Main should be scheduled for demolition this year.

-           We need to walk around Downtown to observe other possible locations for tree planting.

 

Instant Actions

-          Jeanne Meisse will call Jodie Perry at the Chamber of Commerce to find out about the new Curb Appeal Contest.

-          Doug Versaw will contact the City about OOPS to be marked.

-          Zach Veletean will get Volunteers to walk and pick up sticks, debris, roots, etc. at the Subway/ Pare Avenue East area.

-          Engweiler Properties will continue painting in the Carrousel District while the weather is good.

 

Next meeting June 16 at 9 a.m. at Chuck Hahn’s Conference Room, 108 North Main Street, rear.



Mansfield Area Beautification Minutes April 21, 2016

 

Doug Versaw welcomed 10 people at Chuck Hahn’s Conference Room and introduced several new attendees, including John Bletner, the new owner of Possum Run Plants and Provisions, Kathy Goodwin from Element of Art, and Luke Beekman from Mansfield Murals.

Sector Grant Status

-           The new trees were recently planted on 4th Street between Walnut and Mulberry.

-           South Main Street trees are in the planning stages. The number of trees may be reduced because of issues such as lack of room and conflict with some existing trees.

-          We are waiting on a quote from National Electric about the cost of new wreaths. Chuck suggested that we have a Downtown theme for Christmas decorations and use different types of décor and more banners to complement the existing wreaths.

-          Hanging Flower Baskets were planted by Possum Run and are growing. They will be put up after the frost danger passes. John emphasized the need for effective watering throughout the summer.

-          The Subway area has been graded and looks better now.  Dan Jacobs donated top soil and fill, and grass will be planted. Cement Products is donating the block wall.  Doug received a $1000 check from one resident to help with the project. He expects to receive more donations. PPG will submit a quote for the special paint which they will supply. Lamar will enhance the billboards and surroundings, and provide a recognition space. RCDG can be invoiced for the donated services as they are a 501c3.

 

Downtown Planter Program

Bryan Gladden observed the Downtown planters for needed repairs.  Enhanced soil preparation will be done by Rex’s Landscaping & Construction and the City of Mansfield. The flowers will be provided by Possum Run. Donations have started coming in for the planters.

 

Carrousel District Projects

Luke Beekman announced that Mankind Murals INC, an artist group, plans to revitalize the carrousel mural. There will be a Public Forum tonight to present information about possible art projects and involvement in the community.

 

Other Beautification Projects

-          Earth Stewardship 20th Anniversary will be celebrated soon.They encourage registration of projects, along with before and after pictures for the Take Pride Contest. Awards will be given for improvement projects in the community.

-          A Curb Appeal Contest is planned for this summer in conjunction with the Chamber of Commerce to recognize businesses monthly for outstanding beautification.   

-          Bryan announced that on April 15 there was a Pioneer JVS Day of Service. They helped with clean up on the square and downtown areas.

 

 

 

Instant Actions

 

-          Bryan will arrange a tour for some people from Newhope to observe the planters and receive instructions for watering them.

-          Doug will get back with Lamar about their billboard plans.

-          Doug will contact Norfolk and Southern about replacement of the railing, possibly with new fences or a barrier which could be used for murals.

-          Doug will contact PPG again about the status of the paint.

-          Kathy will explore ideas for a possible theme and Christmas décor to complement the wreaths on the streetscape lights.

-          Chuck, Kathy and Luke will investigate the possibility of more banners downtown on the streetscape lights.

-          Doug will follow up about the soil mixture for the Downtown planters.

 

Next meeting May 19 at 9 a.m. at Chuck Hahn’s Conference Room, 108 North Main Street, rear.

 



Mansfield Area Beautification Minutes March 17, 2016

 

Nine people gathered at Chuck Hahn’s Conference Room with Doug Versaw presiding. Justin Marotta, former owner of Possum Run Greenhouse, was introduced.

Downtown Planter Program

The proper soil mixture for the planters was discussed.   Justin recommended to remove the dirt from the planters to the gravel layer, mix with organic material or compost to retain moisture, and put back into the pots. Pam Siegenthaler clarified that letters soliciting donations had been sent by DMI to merchants and businesses, as well as to Garden Clubs and other volunteers. A quote for the planter flowers was received from the new owners of Possum Run, but Alta did not respond. The planting is scheduled for May 17th.

Trees on 4th Street between Walnut and Mulberry

The dead trees were removed by the City who provided new dirt. The Shade Tree Commission approved the trees. Rex Landscaping planted new Hackberry trees. 

Subway/PAE/Ashland Road Landscaping

The City has agreed to help with the traffic pattern during the refurbishing of the Subway area. Rex Landscaping took removed scrub trees on the west side and will be clearing other areas soon.  Roberta Perry’s son works for Norfolk and Southern and will check the condition of railing.  Doug contacted Eldridge Chambers, in Atlanta, of Norfolk and Southern who will work on an agreement for improvements. PPG will donate paint suitable for concrete. Doug sent a letter to property owners in the area of the subway explaining the project, and had interest from people wanting to make donations.  About $40,000 is needed to complete the project, and the grant is only $10,000.  Doug spoke with the executive assistant to the President for Lamar.  Lamar will help pay for trees and a new façade and may also give a panel or cover the bottom of the billboard to thank helpers. We would like to hear back from Sprint.

South Main Street Tree Planting

Trees are planned from the Mansfield Cemetery to the Richland County Foundation.  There is not room to add trees from there to First Street. A November planting is planned for 70 trees with 6 different species. The Shade Tree Commission will approve the trees soon.

Downtown Christmas Lighting

National Electric will order 20 new wreaths for streetscape lights which are lighted similar to the existing wreaths. The cost is projected to be $6000, covered by the grant.

Hanging Flower basket program

We received a grant of $1200 to purchase flowers and a grant of $450 to pay for watering this year by Newhope.

Carrousel District Projects

Chuck Hahn announced that an Easter sunrise service is planned in the Brickyard, since Kingwood is unavailable this year. Christmas lighting from the Fairground will be used in the Brickyard during the holiday season this year, and will be synced with Christmas music.

Earth Stewardship 20th Anniversary

The Chamber of Commerce is planning a Curb Appeal contest this summer. Justin suggested coordinating the Contest with the Men’s Garden Club Contest to avoid duplication of efforts.

Other Projects and Announcements

 - Doug has prepared a Power Point presentation about Beautification, which he has presented twice. Another presentation is planned March 30 with the Convention and Visitors Bureau and possibly Noon Optimists.

 - Doug met with JR Rice about right of way clean ups. Everyone is encouraged to assist the City Codes Department by observing sidewalks and right of way areas, and to participate in cleanup anytime. The area includes 8’ from the street to the sidewalk. Pam and Tom Siegenthaler recently cleaned the area around the Art Center.

 - The County Garage received a $280,000 grant from the state to refurbish the building to the 1800’s standards, and remodeling is in progress.

 - The building at 5th and Main should be taken down soon.

 - Trees are decorated with Easter Eggs on South Park on the square in front of Blake’s Salon.

 - 24 new Streetscape light on 4th from Diamond to Mulberry would cost $108,000. (Wish list).

 

Instant Actions

-          Bryan will check on the flower pots on Main Street to determine which need attention.

-          John Stierhoff will continue to investigate the proper mixture for the soil for planters.

-          Doug will check with Angelo about planter cleanup and preparation, and determine if the front end loader and/or wheelbarrows are available to borrow for soil removal and replacement once it is mixed.

-          Zach will check with the VOA to help with the soil preparation for the planters.

-          Justin will contact Mike at Newhope to educate them about watering the hanging baskets.

 -     Chuck will meet with Doug about future lights for the Gazebo.

 -     Doug will contact Jim Kulig of the Men’s Garden Club to suggest coordination with Jodie at the    Chamber for the Curb Appeal Contest.

 -     Doug will schedule a late March Cleanup.

 

Next meeting 9 a.m. April 21 at Chuck Hahn’s Conference Room, 108 North Main Street, rear.




Mansfield Area Beautification Minutes February 18, 2016

 

Six people gathered at Hahn’s Conference room with Doug Versaw leading the meeting.

Downtown Planter Program 2016

Letters from Pam Siegenthaler, on behalf of Downtown Mansfield, were sent to Garden Clubs and other volunteers to request help with the planters for planting and donations.  Letters also were sent to Possum Run and Alta Greenhouses to request bids for the flowers. The right soil, mixture, preparation, and mulch are needed for the planters.   Jennifer and DMI will be monitoring donations. May 17 is the date scheduled for the planting. Connections Group sent $500 to the Beautification Sector which will be used by DMI for planters.

Sector Grants Plans

South Main Street Trees –The grant for trees is $15,010. Locations for the trees are from the turn off to the cemetery to the Ritter House, and then to First.  Rex’s Landscape will be responsible for the 79 trees which are planned. Poles are on the east side, gas lines are marked on the east side.  Late fall is planned for planting the trees.

Planting trees on 4th between Walnut and Mulberry – The trees still need to be approved by the Shade Tree Commission so that planting can be done this spring.  The City will remove the dead trees.

Subway/PAE/Ashland Road Landscaping - We need approval to work on all 4 corners of the Subway (Randy Kemp Auto Sales, Rex Pipe, Sprint, and the City of Mansfield). Doug has been in contact with Norfolk and Southern, who owns the Subway, to work on an agreement.  There are specs for painting steel overpasses but not for cement. PPG is working on approval for providing paint. John Stierhoff contacted Sprint to obtain permission to work on their property and will send the site plan to them for their review. John will take care of the property, remove scrub trees and will level and maintain. We have commitments for some help with Subway for soil, etc.

Downtown Christmas Lighting – Doug delivered a current wreath to Jim Snyder at National Electric to see if they can coordinate new Christmas lights with our current inventory. Adding 24 Streetscape lights on 4th between Diamond and Mulberry would have a high side cost estimate of $108,000. 

Hanging Flower Basket Program in 2016 – The grant paid for all plants and watering.

Carrousel District Projects

Bryan Gladden announced that the plans for the Downtown First Fridays and the Last Friday Concerts are going well. Downtown Mansfield will be moving their offices to the newly renovated building just north of the Urban Center.

Earth Stewardship

The Group is planning their 20th anniversary emphasizing Beautification.  In conjunction with the Chamber of Commerce, they are planning a Curb Appeal Contest to honor those who have made their businesses and industries more beautiful.

 

Announcements

Doug has prepared a power point for Beautification and is available to present the information and speak about beautification at any event.

Doug has been trying to contact Lamar about their billboard at the Subway which is in disrepair.  He will investigate using the billboard to improve the look of the area.

Bryan Gladden has prepared a spreadsheet for the beautification calendar which will help in the coordination of the watering schedules, and other aspects of the beautification plans.

We need, and will accept, donations to supplement the grants we received.  The grant for the Subway will not cover the cost of the proposed project.

Instant Actions

John Stierhoff will investigate the proper mixture for soil for the downtown planters.

Bryan Gladden will send John the map of all the planters downtown.

Bryan will contact NewHope for watering the hanging baskets every week and the planters every other week. The City and NewHope will alternate watering the planters every other week.

Doug will follow up about the invoices to Richland Bank and Mechanics Bank for hanging baskets added in 2015.

Doug will follow up with PPG about the status of their approval for paint.

Doug will contact Rex’s pipe for permission to tear out the wall and bury it on site.

 

Next Meeting 9 a.m. March 17 at Chuck Hahn’s Conference Room, 108 North Main Street, Rear.

 

 

 






Mansfield Area Beautification Minutes January 21, 2016

 

Doug Versaw introduced Emily Dech from Richland Source, and welcomed seven people to the Beautification Sector meeting, with two more arriving at the end of the meeting.

Sector Grant Request

Doug announced that the grant request from Mansfield Area Beautification Sector was awarded in the amount of $33,610 from RCDG funds made available by the Richland County Foundation to assist with the following six beautification projects:

-          South Main Street Trees - $15,010 for purchase, planting and care of approximately 79 trees.

-          Fourth Street - $950 to replace five dead trees.

-          Park Avenue East Subway Beautification - $10,000 for repair of the wall and landscaping.

-          Christmas Lights for Main Street Area - $6,000 for 20 new lights in the area for@ $300 each.

-          Purchase Flowers - $1,200 for the flowers for the 24 hanging baskets Downtown.

-          Watering of Hanging Baskets - $450 for Richland New Hope to water for 20 weeks.

Downtown Planter Program 2016

Pam Siegenthaler, Bryan Gladden and Doug met with Jamie of DMI for an initial meeting to plan the planters for this year. They will soon finalize where to get the flowers.

Hanging Flower Basket Program 2016

Possum Run Greenhouse will plant the 24 hanging baskets again this year.  We will try to get sponsors for the baskets. New Hope will again water the baskets weekly or as needed for 20 weeks.

Downtown Christmas Lighting

Doug contacted National Electric about possibly buying Christmas lighting from them. Christmas lights would need to go on the Streetscape lights. Doug investigated adding Streetscape lights on 4th between Diamond and Mulberry with 24 lights.  High side cost estimate is $108,000.      

Trees on 4th Street between Walnut and Mulberry

There is only one live tree in the area. The other five are dead or dying.  We will probably wait until fall to plant trees. The Shade Tree Commission will have to approve the tree replacement.

South Main Street Tree Planting

Doug talked with Rex Landscape who developed the plan and will complete the project.  Approval of the types of trees and property owners is needed, which will take time. They need help in contacting the property owners.

Subway/PAE Landscaping

Rex Landscaping is working on a design to improve the area.  Help is needed from other people, especially the area businesses and merchants and Norfolk and Southern. We would like to paint the cement Overpass as well as plant landscape material.  Bryan suggested that a metal sculpture at the top of the overpass would be nice in that area. He indicated that area adult education and Pioneer students might help.

Announcements

Any trees removed or planted must be approved by the Shade Tree Commission.

Earth Stewardship is planning a 20th Anniversary Celebration and will focus on Beautification.

 Mechanics Bank drive through is now open.  Landscaping is planned in the spring.

John Stierhoff from Rex’s Landscape arrived at the end of the meeting to show the plans for the Subway Bridge at Park Avenue East.  He plans to present them to the entire group in February.

 Instant Actions

Doug will check with Possum Run about planters and will investigate someone for watering, etc.

Doug will talk with the City about pulling out the dead trees on Fourth Street.

Doug will check with Earth Stewardship Committee to see what out Sector can do for the anniversary.

Linda Sampson and Bryan Gladden will help with South Main Street parcel identification to try to obtain contact names and addresses for tree approval.

 

Next meeting 9 a.m. February 18 at Chuck Hahn’s Conference Room, 108 North Main Street, rear. 



Mansfield Area Beautification Minutes December 17, 2015

 

The meeting was led by Doug Versaw with six convening at Chuck Hahn’s conference room.

Cleanup at Second and South Main  

Zach reported that several volunteers from the VOA helped clean and weed the area at South Main and Second Street on December 15.  They picked up and removed 52 glass bottles and 42 beer cans. Doug ordered a fruit basket from Kroger’s to be delivered to the VOA to show appreciation for their help.

Downtown planter program 2016

 A meeting is scheduled on December 21st with DMI to talk about the planters for 2016. Pam Siegenthaler and Doug plan to attend the meeting.

Hanging Basket program 2016

We do not plan to add any new hanging baskets at this time. One of the grant requests (referenced below) is for funding of the existing hanging baskets program.

Sector Grant Possibilities

RCDG submitted 5 grant requests for our Beautification Projects to the Richland County Foundation.  We also are interested in applying for grants from other sources, but we need a grant writer. We have about $6000 in the Beautification account.  We could possibly do matching dollars for some grants.

$15,000 is needed to plant 79 trees on South Main Street.  $6,000 is needed for new Downtown Christmas lights.

Announcements

-          John Fernyak reported that Engweiler has finished the back of the Komito’s building and is now refurbishing the front. The Reed’s building has all new awnings and a refurbished fire escape. He will investigate possible new awnings on the Komito’s building and the Good News area. They are restoring the windows in Reed’s and the Kobacher room.

-          If we receive some grants, we would be able to proceed with some of our project ideas.

-          Doug talked to Weldon, Keyser and Houston attorneys who said they will support the tree replacement on Fourth Street.

-          Doug also talked with other merchants and business owners who want to contribute to improvements.

-          All trash cans have been refurbished, for both the City and Engweiler Properties.

-          Shade Tree Commission needs to approve any planting of new trees.

Instant Actions

Doug will follow through to obtain the results of our grant requests.

Pam Siegenthaler and Doug Versaw will meet with DMI about 2016 planters.

Doug will talk with National Electric about helping Christmas decorations.

Chuck Hahn will meet with the City about some projects.

Engweiler properties will continue with refurbishment projects.

 

Next meeting 9 a.m. January 21 at Chuck Hahn’s Conference Room, 108 N. Main Street, rear.

 








Mansfield Area Beautification Minutes November 19, 2015

Eight were present at the beautification meeting at Chuck Hahn’s Conference Room with Doug Versaw presiding.

Hanging Flower Basket Program

-          Chuck Hahn reported that the city has limited resources and people for maintenance of the flowers.  DMI has agreed to take responsibility for coordination and maintenance of the beautification efforts for downtown.

-          Possum Run Greenhouse was sold, so Justin is not available to coordinate downtown flowers for 2016. Pam Sieganthaler said that we must have a plan for specific flowers for planters and hanging baskets, so that bids can be obtained for the same items. Pam suggested that we should consider new planters for Park Avenue East and the City Building.

-          If possible, we need to obtain funds from sector grants to help with beautification efforts.

-          John Stierhoff of Rex’s landscaping had given a quote of 70 trees at $190 each including planting, staking, watering, etc.  $15,000 is needed for entire program for South Main Street tree planting.  

Downtown Christmas Lighting and Decorations 

-          Chuck met with the Mayor about decorating the square.  Mayor Theaker said that a few years ago, lights had been donated for the gazebo, but were stolen. He proposed that we have a Christmas tree with lights. A ladder could be used to hang gazebo lights high enough to be safe from being stolen.

-          Wreaths are being put up this week and a count needs to be taken.

-          Chuck suggested we buy new wreaths for the downtown and Carrousel District.  Since they will be different from the old ones, he suggested they could be used along 4th street or another area.  Bryan mentioned using the new ones on the square and using the old ones on all the streets coming in toward the square.

 

Carrousel District Projects

-          Chuck reported that the new stage and brickyard areas get lots of traffic.  He would like to see a tree for the stage and decorations to enhance that area.

-          Six new trees are needed to replace the dead trees on Fourth Street.

-          Street sweepers are not used and should be used on a regular basis.

 Trash cans

Refurbishing has been completed for all trash cans in need. New lids were put on some. 
The green ones belong to Engweiler and the black ones belong to the City.

Subway/Park Avenue East Landscaping

Rex Pipe is the owner of land at the subway.  He and surrounding business want to contribute to help improve that area.  Bryan indicated that the bridge at the subway could be painted with a mural by Luke Beckman to help enhance the area.

 

 

Instant Actions

Doug will talk with attorneys on Fourth Street about replacing the dead trees near their building.

Bryan will work with Cliff to get the wreaths up downtown and take a count.

Bryan will look into a tree for the stage in the brickyard.

Bryan will obtain from DMI, the income and expenses related to the Downtown planters for the last year, to help with planning for next year’s planters.

Zach will plan a weed cleanup for Second and South Main.

Doug, Pam, and Bryan will meet soon with DMI about plans for the planters and hanging baskets for 2016.

Next meeting 9 a.m. December 17 at Chuck Hahn’s Conference Room, 108 N. Main Street

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Mansfield Area Beautification Minutes October 15, 2015

 

 

 

The Beautification meeting was led by Doug Versaw with six gathering in the Conference Room at Chuck Hahn’s office.

 

Make a Difference Day is scheduled for October 24, which is the National day of service. Volunteers are needed for various projects downtown.

 

Carrousel District Cleanup - Bryan Gladden announced that 23 volunteers helped with St. Peters District cleanup October 14.  The Carrousel District cleanup, originally scheduled for September 19th only had 3 volunteers, so an additional cleanup was held the following Tuesday with 12 people helping.

 

Hanging Flower Basket Program - Dave Lorentz, for the City, will take down and store the hanging baskets.  The light poles can be used for banners.  We will not put greens in the baskets for the holidays this year. We have been using money from our account this summer for watering the hanging baskets. The cost is $200 per month to water all 24 plants.

 

Trash cans – The City still has some trash cans to be refurbished. Even though they have 70-80 cans, more new ones are needed, especially for events, but the cost is $650 each.

 

Announcements, Future Projects, and Reports on Instant Actions –

 

-          Doug suggested that the streets of the City be cleaned with the sweeper, which is rarely used.  The cost of Police and Fire leaves little for other departments, such as the street department.

 

-           Doug reported from John Stierhoff that the approximate cost of each tree for South Main is $190 per tree which includes planting, watering, etc. The total is estimated at $1600.

 

-           Chuck Hahn suggested that more decorative lights are needed downtown, with more lights on the gazebo and trees. We would like to have more holiday lights and wreaths on the light poles.

 

-          The Mansfield Halloween Parade is scheduled for Tuesday, October 27.

 

-          Chuck encouraged us to notice the new shops on 4th Street and patronize them.

 

-          The area of South Main and Second Street needs a major cleanup.

 

-           Doug sent an email to the City and Shade Tree Commission about dead trees on Fourth Street and in front of Chase. The Shade tree Commission will meet October 19.

 

-          No information is available yet about possible grants for RCDG from the Richland County Foundation. The Beautification Sector has received some past donations to help with our efforts.

 

Tom Beck, County Engineer, presented a report on receiving Federal Enhancement Funds which have to be used relating to transportation, the request being in the works for 15 years.  For some time, the building was not eligible, but was finally approved. The contract was awarded for $213,000.  80% will be Federal Funds, while 20% and the cost of the architectural work is required from local funds.

 

He showed drawings of before and after plans of the County Garage building. They will be renovating the whole front and 62 feet towards the back of the building. They will be tearing out windows and louvres and replacing with new.  New overhear doors will be installed, with a working door on the south and dummy doors on the east and south. All new doors, windows, and louvres will look like the original doors.

 

Bad masonry will be repaired or replaced and there will be roof repairs.  Other renovations include new wood trim, gutters, downspouts, painting, and restoring the old sign.

 

 The status now is that the contract is awarded to Allied Commercial and Residential Builders, Ltd with the completion date May 31, 2016

 

Instant Actions -

 

-          Bryan Gladden will inventory signs to clean or take down.

 

-          Bryan will take an inventory of decorative lights for Downtown and contact Dave Lorentz about possible purchasing more lights.

 

-          Doug will try to schedule a meeting with RCDG to go over the hanging basket program.

 

-          Doug will have an invoice sent to Mechanics and Richland Banks for the cost of the four new basket in front of each of their Banks.

 

-          Doug will get information out about Make a Difference Day, October 24.

 

 

 

Next meeting is 9 a.m. November 19 at Chuck Hahn’s Conference Room, 108 North Main Street.





Mansfield Area Beautification Minutes September 17, 2015

 

Doug Versaw conducted the beautification meeting with nine people present at Chuck Hahn’s Conference Room.

Hanging Flower Baskets –The hanging baskets look better. It costs $200 per month to maintain the hanging baskets, and we need extra funds to continue providing them each year.

Downtown Planters –Pam Sieganthaler announced that weeds are growing in the planters, making the good flowers hard to see. Morning glory vines are entangled in flowers in the planters across from the Carrousel. John Stierhoff from Rex’s Landscaping sprayed the vines.

Carrousel District Cleanup from the square to 5th is scheduled for Saturday, September 19 at 9 a.m. Make a Difference Day, a National Community Service Day is scheduled for October 24.

Carrousel District – John Fernyak reported on several projects in progress.

-          Engweiler’s crew is finishing soon at the Reed’s Building, including two new canopies. They will be painting the fire escape.

-          The Kobacher room has new storm windows, and refurbished store front windows. 

-          The back of the Komito’s building now has a door which goes out the Key Bank parking lot on 3rd.

-          Engweiler’s finished a new roof on the Bissman Building at 189 N Mulberry.

-          New concrete is scheduled soon on the 4th Street entrance to the brick parking lot at Walnut and 4th.

-          The new stage is ready for the Final Friday concert featuring the Red Ball Jets and Jimmy Vincent.

 Trash cans –Engweiler Properties have refurbished and repainted the green trash cans which belong to them. The black ones belong to the City. They have refurbished about 10, but still have some which need to be refurbished.

Announcements

-          Chuck Hahn reported that the City spent tax payer dollars to do the improvement work in front of the City building. He suggested that beautification of the planters would enhance the building.

-          Two way streets are being discussed, but is slow process. The study for the whole Downtown traffic pattern would cost $110,000. Chuck said that truck traffic on Main Street is not enforced, and many don’t use the truck route.

-          The City has a Christmas tree lighting and celebration scheduled for the first Friday in December. Pam Sieganthaler suggested that the City and County building need Christmas decorations.

-          John Stierhoff announced that South Main Street has been paved. Since this is the first impression of Mansfield, he suggests that we continue the tree planting program with 8 to 10 new trees on the west side.

-          The Land Bank tore down a house on South Main Street, and Rex’s Landscaping improved the property by planting gardens with paths.

-          The County Garage has received a grant. We encourage them to do some improvements.

-           Some Gingko trees are dead in front of the Chase Building in the downtown area and should be replaced.

-          Zach got in touch with Junior about the brick removal on the building at 5th and Main, but is still waiting to hear back from him.

-          Bryan Gladden announced that a cleanup is scheduled for October 14 from 3:30 to 5 in the Saint Peter’s District.  Rain Date is October 21.

Instant Actions

-          Doug will talk with Roberta about possible sponsors for hanging baskets

-          Doug will check with the City and Shade Tree Commissions about the dead trees on 4th

-          Bryan will review the City’s black trash cans and update map.

-          Chuck will get an inventory of wreaths and other decorations and determine if replacement is necessary.  

-          Bryan will check on streetscape lights.

-          Zach will try to get volunteers for the September 19th cleanup.

-          John Stierhoff will take pictures of homes on South Main Street and try to find land owners to get permission for planting new trees.

-           John will get cost estimate for 8-10 trees.

-          John S. will spray the Downtown planters for weed control.

-           Zach will continue to try to get in touch with Junior about the brick removal for the building at 5th and Main.

 

Next meeting 9 a.m. October 15 at Chuck Hahn‘s Conference Room, 108 North Main Street, rear.

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Mansfield Area Beautification Minutes August 20, 2015

 

Eleven people gathered at Chuck Hahn’s Conference Room. Chuck led the group on a tour along Fourth Street from Main Street to Mulberry, pointing out the new businesses there, and also some issues which need action, such as debris, unsafe broken sidewalk, and some dead trees and plants. He asked the group for ideas for improvements. After the tour, the meeting was led by Doug Versaw who introduced the new Downtown and Activities Community Service Coordinator, Zach Veletean.

Hanging Flower Basket Program. The watering schedule was discussed and possibly needs to be increased during hot and dry weather.

Planters/ Flowers in Downtown Mansfield. Pam Siegenthaler met with Jamie about the planter funding. Some potential contributors who requested more information never got a second letter. The plants need to be soaked 2 or 3 times a week.

Carrousel District Clean Up – Chuck Hahn and some volunteers recently met on a Sunday to pull weeds and pick up litter at the City Parking lot. Other clean ups in the district will be scheduled.

Carrousel District Projects

-          John Fernyak announced that the Brickyard’s new stage should be finished for the September 27 concert.

-          The building next to the Urban Center is being restored and restrooms for the Brickyard will be installed.  There will also be room for startup businesses

-          John has information that someone is interested in putting in a triple balcony on the building next to the Phoenix, which would overlook the stage and the Brickyard.

-           The old Massage Parlor on Diamond will be torn down for a Parking lot with 36 spaces.

-          Engweiler properties recently bought the Bissman Building at 189 North Mulberry and installed a new roof. They plan to move their Maintenance headquarters there. The Urban Center is storing things to be moved.  

-          180 South Diamond has been renovated.

-          Engweiler has an 80 foot lift which can be used to help with renovations, maintenance and installations.

City building at 5th and Main. John explained that the bricks need to come down for recycling, before the building can be torn down. Future plans could include planting grass or future possible parking.

Trash Cans – Angelo Klousaides reported that the City has completed refurbishing 10 trash cans.

Discussions and Announcements

-           John Fernyak complimented the Beautification Sector for the beautification of North Main Street with the new trees planted a few years ago. 

-          Pam Siegenthaler said that coming in from South Main, there are grown up weeds, rotten furniture, siding falling off, etc.

-          Mr. Fernyak explained that there are many out of town buyers who buy, lease or rent houses, pay no taxes, etc. and let the property get run down.

-          Linda Sampson, from Mechanics Bank announced that they have volunteers available through the bank to help with cleanup.

-          The northeast corner at 5th and Mulberry is for sale.

-          Corners at 5th and Main are for sale.

-          John Stierhoff announced that Tridico owns some buildings and property downtown. John would encourage maintenance to enhance the areas.

-          Andy Rex and John Stierhoff, of Rex’s Landscape has cleaned up some properties near their Park Avenue East business which had weeds and grasses 8 to 10 feet tall. They have plans to continue to improve the area.

-          The Land Bank was discussed and seems to be a very good opportunity to help tear down, clean up, or maintain some houses in the Mansfield area.

-          A house on the southeast corner of Park Avenue East and Foster has been renovated and is beautiful.

-          Beautification meetings in the future will be planned for the third Thursday of each month.

Instant Actions –

-          Nick Stevens is moving, but will forward a map of the condition of the trash cans to Angelo.

-          Angelo will survey sidewalks to note unsafe areas.

-          Zach will meet with Junior Wood to help organize the brick removal at the building at 5th and Main.

Next meeting 9 a.m. September 17 at Chuck Hahn’s Conference Room, 108 North Main Street, rear. Note – this is the third Thursday.

 

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Mansfield Area Beautification Minutes July 23, 2015

 

Five people met at Chuck Hahn’s Conference Room with Doug Versaw leading the meeting.

Downtown Planters – Pam Siegenthaler reported costs for the planters were: donations of $2880 and plants costs of $2850, leaving $30 extra.  Some who expressed interest did not donate and should have been contacted for follow up. The City and New Hope alternate watering every other week.

Hanging Flower baskets – With the costs and limited funds for upkeep of the current baskets, we decided that we will not add any more new baskets.  New Hope waters the baskets every other day.

Carrousel District Clean Up -Doug heard nothing from the interested parties, so the scheduled cleanup was cancelled and will be rescheduled.

Trash Cans – Progress is being made with refurbishing the cans, with Engweiler Properties doing the green ones and the City doing the black ones. Two lids for the City were obtained from Engweiler.

Carrousel District – Engweiler Properties has purchased new planters for their buildings. Maintenance should include weeding around and under the pots.

Future Projects –

-          At the City Building, the City tore out everything, including all weeds and shrubs. The area is being re-cemented. Pam suggested getting planters and use greens or plants that would change with the seasons.  Chuck suggested that the area could be decorated for different holidays with themes. To save expenses, we would like to find used planters.

-          Chuck reported that the new stage will not be ready for the July concert.

Announcements

-          Chuck announced that a “Shawshank Run” is scheduled Saturday morning from the Reformatory to Main Street with about 3000 people from many states.

-          The Holiday Inn Sign is faded. It needs to be removed or replaced.

Instant Actions

 Doug will plan a cleanup and ask Dave Lorentz about weeding in the Downtown Streetscape.

Chuck plans to get a group to weed the City parking lot at Fourth and Main during off hours.

Pam and Doug will meet with Downtown Mansfield Representatives Jamie and Jennifer to get a print out of an actual, updated accounting for the planters.

Doug will check into the Holiday Inn signs.

Doug will check into possibly getting a planter for the City building.

We will think about setting a specific meeting time each week, probably the third Thursday.

Next meeting 9 a.m. August 20 at Chuck Hahn’s Conference Room, 108 North Main Street, rear




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 Mansfield Area Beautification Minutes June 25, 2015

 

The beautification meeting was held in Chuck Hahn’s Conference Room with six attending, and was led by Doug Versaw.

Hanging Flower Basket Program - There are 24 baskets that are up now, with New Hope doing the watering this summer. Doug suggested that we start the memory plaque campaign to help with the ongoing costs. Each basket costs $170 initially, and is $100 per basket for watering each season.

Downtown Planters - Pam Siegenthaler reported that the flowers were planted by volunteers, but were not watered the first week. The City and New Hope will water the planters every other week.

Carrousel District -

-          Chuck Hahn reported that a cleanup is scheduled for June 25.  New green pots were purchased for the Carrousel District.  

-          The Art Street Event went well, with good crowds at times, depending on the weather. The Soap Box Derby is scheduled for all day on June 27.

-          A new stage for the Brickyard was designed by Dan Seckel and should be ready by the July Final Friday concert.

Trash cans – The city has a refurbishing program which will continue all year, and five trash cans are finished. The lids are the worst part. The question was asked if the lids will be donated or if there is a charge for the City.

Landscaping Projects –The trees on North Main Street look good, but some trees Downtown need to be replaced. Work is being done at the City building with clean up, weeding, mulching, etc.  Chuck suggested that we could pay for perennials or shrubs and the City could create their own volunteers.

Announcements –

-          The signage to the airport by North Main Street is faded, especially the Holiday Inn Sign.

-          Nick sent a thank you to the City from Downtown Mansfield for their help with the planters.

-          Doug talked with Dave Lorentz to get the street cleaner out before the Soap Box Derby.

-          The Art Center will sponsor an Art Event for Saturday, July 18.

Instant Actions –

-          Pam will thank Angelo for the City’s role in watering the Downtown planters and flowers.

-          Nick will prepare a financial report for the planters, with a 2014 balance and what was received in 2014 and 2015 contributions and the cost of the flowers and watering.

-          Doug will arrange a meeting with the City Maintenance Manager and the Mayor to discuss a possible budget item for maintenance of the City Building.

-          Doug will talk with the Mayor and plan a cleanup day in the Carrousel District.

 

Next meeting is 9 a.m. July 23 at Chuck Hahn’s Conference Room, 108 North Main Street, rear.




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Mansfield Area Beautification Minutes May 28, 2015

 

Doug Versaw conducted the beautification meeting at Chuck Hahn’s Conference Room with 6 people attending.

Hanging Flower Basket Program - Twenty four hanging baskets were put up on the light posts downtown on Park Avenue West on May 26. 

Downtown Planters - The planting of flowers for the Downtown Planters was done on May 19th by Garden Clubs and other groups or individuals. John Stierfhoff is interested in providing the Brickyard flowers for next year. The Friends of the Mansfield Parks planted the corner plot near the Martin Luther King Memorial.

Trash cans – Some trash cans have already been refurnished.

Carrousel District – Chuck Hahn said future plans for the Brickyard include a new stage and a renovated building to include restrooms, etc. The Codes and Permits Department needs to clarify the needs for renovation.  County Commissioner, Marilyn John, seems to be making progress with getting things going. He also said that some other opportunities will be announced in the near future.

Chuck indicated that more focus is needed on the maintenance of the Carrousel District and the square, noting little things such as weed, litter, and broken concrete. Our committee needs to communicate with the City officials about such matters. He suggested a tour including the City Engineer, Codes and Permits Department, some City Representatives, etc.

Linda Haring suggested that there should be groceries available downtown to help encourage residents to live downtown. The Farmer’s Market is good, but is not scheduled all year.

Announcements –

RCDG will invoice Mechanics and Richland Banks for their hanging flower baskets.

There is no news yet on progress of the windows of the Johnson Brothers store front.  The work is in progress by Engweiler Properties on the Reeds building.

Linda Sampson announced that U.S. Representative Pat Tiberi plans to visit Mechanics Bank to see their recent improvements.

Instant Actions

Doug will find out about the progress of refurbishing the trash cans.

Doug will contact the Mayor Theaker and Angelo to set time for walk through of downtown, on behalf of the beautification committee.

Chuck will contact DMI to ask that each merchant be responsible for clean up outside their front door. 

 

Next meeting 9 a.m. June 25th at Chuck Hahn’s Conference Room, 108 N. Main Street, rear.







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Mansfield Area Beautification Minutes April 30, 2015

 

Seven people gathered at Chuck Hahn’s Conference Room with Doug Versaw leading the meeting.

Sector Grant Projects on the Square:

 Hanging Flower Baskets -The City now has the brackets to install on Park Ave West for the eight new hanging baskets funded by Mechanics and Richland Banks. This summer there will be 24 total hanging baskets. Doug talked with New Hope and they plan to do the watering.  RCDG will continue to be in charge of the program and will be invoiced for the brackets, watering and flowers. Before we ask for money, we should use dollars from our account. 

Façade Improvements Grants - The grant money has been distributed, but no time frame was set for completion of the projects.

Store Front Grant – The panels continue to be displayed at the Komito’s building. Some were displayed at the Good News building and also used at the Eagles building. Doug called Cindy Baker about using them in the windows of the Maxine Shop, but received no return call. 

Trash Cans – Doug contacted the city who said that some of the trash cans are finished.

Carrousel District:  

A new stage has been approved for the Brickyard and is partially done. It should be finished for the Final Friday Concert in May. 

Landscaping Projects – Doug Versaw and Dalton Derr cleared out 3 large planters across from the Carrousel.  The City will have all the planters ready for the May 19th Planting Day.

Trees were pruned on North Main Street.

Announcements:

In the April 28th meeting for Downtown Development, the recommendation was for two way streets which should be positive for downtown.

Friends of the Mansfield Parks (FOMP) will plant two gardens in Central Park. The City will pay for the mulch and some flowers.

A white oak was planted at the Reformatory on Arbor Day by the Shade tree Commission. 

The Land Bank was discussed and seems to be successful with tearing down, refurbishing or selling many properties.

 Future Projects:

John Stierhoff announced that Rex’s Landscape would like to do the flowers in the Brickyard. He talked to Jennifer about possible conflicts with Possum Run Greenhouse and wants to coordinate with them.

John Stierhoff walked the South Main Street area toward downtown and suggested 79 trees plus or minus 5, with an estimated cost about $200 each. There might be some grants available. Types of trees were discussed, and the recommendation is to use a variety, because of disease, etc.

John has also observed the over grown area near the subway on Park Avenue East where Sprint and the RR overpass are located. He would like to have that area cleaned up.

John would like to expand the area around the old Petersen Tire building and other land bank properties with a goal of cleaning and clearing to locate possible soccer fields, garden plots, etc. 

Instant Actions:

Doug Versaw will follow up with John Yoha to get an update on the refurbished trash can numbers.

John Stierhoff will get an estimate for actual tree numbers and costs for trees on South Main.

Doug will contact RCDG about payment for the existing hanging flower baskets and for invoicing the two banks for the new hanging baskets.

Nick Stevens from DMI will talk to Jennifer Kime and JohnStierhoff about planting flowers in brickyard planters.

 

Next meeting 9 a.m. May 28th at Chuck Hahn’s Conference Room, 108 N. Main Street Rear.

 

 

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Mansfield Area Beautification Minutes April 2, 2015

 

Eleven were in attendance at Chuck Hahn’s conference room. Doug Versaw opened the meeting and introductions were made.

Sector Grant Projects on the Square

Hanging Flower Baskets

-          Last year, through a sector grant, 10 baskets were installed on the cut through.  This summer 8 more are planned on Park Avenue West, 4 each by Mechanics Bank and Richland Bank.  6 more will be available to hang somewhere else, probably on Park Ave West between Walnut and Mulberry.

-          Each year, the baskets cost $30 each for the planted flowers and $70 each for the watering. For the initial season the cost of each basket including brackets and installation is about $170 each. Newhope has been contracted for watering this year. DMI will handle the program, not RCDG.

-          Lengthy discussion ensued about financing the cost of the baskets on an ongoing basis. Possible suggestions were for downtown businesses to donate, as well as fund raising from the general public. Doug presented an example of the memorial plaques which could possibly be used to help with the cost of the baskets.

-          $1200 is still left from the 2014 sector grant which will help pay for this year’s flowers.  We have over $7000 in our Beautification fund which can be used for flowers, trees, or other landscaping projects.

Façade Improvements Grants – Work is in progress for windows for Johnson Brothers and improvements to the Kobacher Building for Engweiler.

Store Front Grant – The panels that were artistically crafted by Wendy and Joel Morrow are now displayed in the old Komito’s building and also at the Good News Building.  Others businesses might display them, as they are beautiful works of art.

Trash Cans – Doug reported that Angelo said that the City is working on refurbishing the trash cans. They have a facility for sand blasting and painting. Engweiler has some new lids.

Carrousel District -   Chuck Hahn announced that the area is being prepared for the concerts which start the last Friday in May. 

Landscaping Projects  

 - Pam Siegenthaler reported that many donations have already been received for the Downtown Planters. Justin Moratta’s plans will coordinate the flowers with the hanging baskets.

 – John Steirhoff reported that Rex’s Landscaping met with the Shade Tree Commission and received permission to prune the needed trees Downtown. The pruning has been finished.

 -  John also reported that Rex’s has surveyed South Main Street for possible locations for 60 to 80 trees.  Some places have more available space than others, so trees need to be chosen based on space.     

 - A two-year landscaping project of flowers and landscaping is planned to improve the City Building.

 

Announcements

-          Arbor Day is April 24th.  Jayne Meek suggested that schools or other organizations could make donations to buy a tree. The approximate cost is $250 per tree.

-          Linda Haring asked about donations. Anyone can donate to our landscaping fund at Richland Bank at any time.  The check should note the project being supported.

 Instant Actions

-          Doug will draft a letter to the city and the Mayor from the group to inquire if the City could possibly give some financial help with the hanging baskets.

-          John Stierhoff, on behalf of Rex’s Landscaping, will look at the cost of trees for South Main and develop a plan. He will consult with Richland County Foundation whose landscaping should be done this spring, about possible coordination.

-           John also would like to help with the Downtown planters and baskets and will contact Justin for information. 

 

Next meeting 9 am April 30 at Chuck Hahn’s Conference Room, 108 North Main Street, rear.




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Mansfield Area Beautification Minutes March 5, 2015

 

Doug Versaw welcomed 10 people to the meeting at Chuck Hahn’s Conference Room where introductions were made. Beautification project pictures were displayed and passed around as he reviewed some history and accomplishments of the Beautification Sector.

First Friday March 6

Panels, created for the vacant store fronts, will be displayed at the Carrousel Friday from 5-7 pm, along with beautification pictures. The panels were created by artists, Wendy and Joel Morrow and depict Mansfield history. A nice article is featured in today’s March 5 News Journal about the artists and the panels. Some of the vacant store fronts for which the panels were made, have been rented.  The panels could be circulated to downtown businesses for display.

Sector Grant Projects on the Square

-          Hanging Baskets - A total of 24 hanging baskets is planned for this year.  The cost of each basket with flowers is $30, but the cost of watering each basket is a total of $70 for the entire summer for the City and New Hope. Doug got a quote from Award Smith of $15 for each anodized metal plate for the memorial plaques.

-          Façade Improvement Grants - Johnson brothers will install new windows and Engweiler properties will use the grant for new awnings at the Kobacher Room.

-          Store Front Grant - The panels are finished (referenced above) and will be on display at the old Komito’s Building.

Trash Cans

There are 38 cans, and 50 lids are available.  Refurbishing has started.

Carrousel District

 No new information

Landscaping Projects

Andy Rex and Jon Stierhoff, of Rex’s Landscaping have relocated their business to downtown and are interested in helping with beautification. They emphasized that trees are the most effective, low maintenance way to improve. They noted that roots of newly planted trees can be trained to go down instead of spreading and disrupting concrete and bricks. We discussed possibly improving South Main Street in the future. Until the street situation is resolved, it would be foolish to invest in more for Downtown.

Announcements

-          Wendy and Joel Morrow are planning to redo a mural at the Reformatory.

-          The Foundry is down and North Main Street looks better.

-          The building at 5th and Main should be torn down this year.

-          Dalton Derr is planning the memory lane with trees near Sr. High.

-          Downtown planting will be May 19th.

-          Rex and Jon have observed that the trees Downtown are in bad shape and are in need of professional pruning.

 

Instant Actions

-          Rex’s Landscaping will look at South Main Street Area for possible enhancement ideas.

-          Doug has invited Rex’s Landscaping to meet with the Shade Tree Commission on March 16th to discuss pruning for the trees downtown.

-          Dalton will continue to investigate a Memory Lane with trees near Sr. High.

-          Doug will coordinate the hanging basket with Justin and continue to investigate the memory plaques.

-          Doug will contact Angelo for an update on the trash cans.

 

Next meeting 9 am April 2 at Chuck Hahn’s Conference Room, 108 North Main Street, rear.

 

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Mansfield Area Beautification February 5, 2015

Chuck Hahn hosted twelve people for the meeting in his conference room. Introductions were made and 3 new attendees were welcomed. Doug Versaw led the meeting and explained the history of the Beautification Sector since its beginning.

Sector Grant Projects on the Square

  1. The Hanging Basket program will be expanded this year, adding 6 more to the 10 from last year.  We would like to eventually add at least 6 more. The basket cost with planted flowers is $30 each. We will look into selling hanging memorial plaques for the baskets.   The City and New Hope will water the baskets and also the downtown planters.
  2. Façade Improvement Grants.  Johnson Brothers and Engweiler Properties have applied.
  3. Store Front Grants. Wendy Morrow and her husband are making historical panels which will have a stained grass look and will be displayed as art in empty store front windows.

  

The panels should be finished by the end of February and we will investigate the possibility of displaying them Friday, March 6 from 5-7 at the Carrousel.  We could also display pictures and information about the Beautification Sector, including award recognitions, a trash can which needs refurbishing, etc.  A Press release would be sent.

Downtown Planters

Pam Siegenthaler announced that Justin Marotta provides plants for the Downtown planters and coordinates with Downtown Mansfield, a 501C3. A survey was done recently of the Downtown planters to determine the locations of 80 planters.  Pam recently sent letters requesting donations from area Garden Clubs, Service Clubs, Businesses, individuals, etc. May 19th is the planting date. Pam suggested that additional planters be added to the Diamond Street.

Trash Cans

The City has 38 trash cans and Engweiler has 19. Many of them need to be refurbished or replaced.  Some only need lids which are available from Engweiler.

Carrousel District

Chuck Hahn has noticed a little improvement with snow removal, but no one cleans handicapped areas.  Chuck said that from 4th to 3rd on Main Street, the old street scape lights don’t work.  Pam Sieganthaler talked to the mayor about some lights which were not working. He said Ohio Edison owns them, not the city, and she should call 211 to complain. 

Plant Trees on Main Street

It was suggested to wait to see what the plans are for the Streetscape before planting more trees. The Shade Tree Commission will look into this.

Announcements

- A news conference is scheduled February 6 for the Economic report by RCDG, which was done recently by Ohio State.

 -Dalton Derr talked with Mayor Theaker about the flower beds and the concrete at the entrance to the City Building.  The City has a two year plan for maintenance and landscaping with boulders, perennials, and mulch, and new concrete planned this spring.

 -Dalton announced that plans are to remove the pavilion at South Park first part of March and have a new one by May.

 -Since the County building is widely used, we suggest enhancement of its landscaping.

 -The Foundry is down and North Main Street will continue to improve its appearance.

Instant Actions

 -Doug will investigate advertising for the memorial plaques for the hanging baskets.

 -Doug will contact Angelo about the progress of the trash can refurbishing.

 - Chuck will contact the County about possible improvements of the County Building.

 - Linda Haring volunteered to help Chuck investigate possible lighting of Churches.

 -A committee, chaired by Doug, will investigate a possible March 6 event at the Carrousel.

 

Next meeting 9 a.m. March 5 at Chuck Hahn’s Conference Room, 108 North Main Street, rear.

 

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Mansfield Area Beautification Minutes January 8, 2015

 

Eight people attended the meeting at Chuck Hahn’s Conference Room with Doug Versaw conducting the meeting. Introductions were made, welcoming two new attendees, Jeff Parton and David Claypool.

Sector Grant Projects on the Square

Hanging Baskets – Greenery and red bows are in the baskets, and greens wreaths are also hanging on the poles. Next year, we suggest more coordination with baskets.  We have the brackets and baskets for expansion in 2015.  Justin will give us an estimate for planting and fertilizing flowers.  New Hope will charge the same amount to water in 2015.

A recognition program will be planned with plaques for the hanging baskets.

Façade Improvement Grants – Johnson Brothers and Engweiler Properties plan to use the façade grants for improvements. 

Store Front Grants –Work is in progress with Wendy Morrow working on the windows.

Carrousel District

Chuck Hahn reported 1) that the Christmas lights from 4th to the Square were fixed which made a big difference. In planning for next year, he suggested more lighting, expanded Christmas decor, and to add a Christmas tree on the square. 2) Banners should be added in Downtown for more color. An inventory of the light poles should be taken. Also he said many street lights do not come on at night and should be fixed. 3) St. Peters Church uses lighting at night. He would like to see night lighting for all churches.

Pam Siegenthaler suggested a contest of Christmas window displays by downtown merchants and businesses next year.

For 2015, improvements in the entertainment area are planned. Dan Seckel is planning a bigger stage, with a possible enclosure for bad weather. More lighting and signs are planned for final Fridays.

Downtown Planters –Pam Siegenthaler is working on this project again and will meet soon with Downtown Mansfield for planning.

Trash Cans – No new information is available for the refurbishing program.

Announcements -

-          The Shade Tree Commission is looking into planting trees on Main St.to replace the dead ones.

-          Thanks to Engweiler Properties, the Kobacher Room is looking better.

-          People have complained to the Mayor about the trash and lack of care for the landscaping at the City Building.

-          The Key Bank Building has a new tenant, with purchase price of $175,000 for a Day Spa.

-           Doug asked for volunteers for a committee to help determine cost, requirements, etc. for the memorial plaques for the hanging baskets recognition program.

 

-          Dalton Derr announced that a Memory Lane is planned on South Park Boulevard along the east end of Sr. High School, to be lined with trees with a memorial plaque for each.

-          Dalton is planning “Arts in the Parks” in Central Park for August 15, 2015.

 Instant Actions

Chuck will inventory light poles for new banners and get estimate of cost.

 Chuck and Jamie will contact churches to talk about possible lighting of other churches.

 Doug will contact Angelo to see if trash can refurbishing has started.

 Doug will contact the City Building about landscaping care and maintenance.

Doug look at trees on Main Street which should be replaced.

Dalton will contact Sr. High School about the Memory Lane.

 

Next Meeting: 9 a.m. February 5 at Chuck Hahn’s Conference Room, 108 N. Main Street Rear.

 

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Mansfield Area Beautification Minutes December 4, 2014

 

Chuck Hahn hosted 8 in his conference room with Doug Versaw leading the meeting. Doug suggested that in 2015 we need to review the visions for Beautification.

Downtown and Carrousel District

John Fernyak reviewed the situation with two way streets which are at a standstill at present. Many communities which have implemented two way streets have increased their businesses significantly.

Chuck Hahn reported the results of the recent RCDG survey by the OSU business group which analyzed improvements for Mansfield.  The first recommendation was for 2 way streets.  Another recommendation was that there should be corroboration between the two groups, one promoting two way street and the other promoting centralization of Central Park, and not let one stop the other. No government funding is available, so private funding is needed. There should be a redevelopment plan.

Chuck suggested that the community leaders need to pay attention to the long range plan and help Downtown Mansfield. Leadership and dollars are needed.  Attention to Downtown Mansfield would include entertainment, restaurants, a focal point, accessibility, and living opportunities.

Decorative lights over the street were out on North Main Street.  Chuck had them fixed which positively changed the appearance.

Sector Grant Projects on the Square

-          Hanging flower baskets were changed and delivered with greenery and red bows for the winter season, funded by RCDG.  The City will put up 10 new hanging flower baskets in 2015, five each from Mechanics and Richland Banks.  Future projects could include more baskets on Park Avenue West and on Main Street. There is $7600 in the Beautification account.

-          Façade Improvement Grants - Johnson Brothers turned in an application for a grant and Engweiler will submit one soon. 

-          Store Front Grants- Wendy Morrow will decorate 3 store fronts by the end of the year: Good News, the Maxine Shop, and Sid’s. She requests $600 down and $600 when finished.

Future Plans

Doug suggested that we develop a plan for spring.  RDDG needs to present the long range plan to businesses.  Then we need to set goals and start implementing a new plan this summer.

Chuck made a suggestion to donate the parking lot to Downtown Mansfield. Nick will check with DMI to possibly operate the parking lot and donate the income to city.  The goal is to improve the appearance, maintenance, and operation of the parking lot.

Trash Cans

Nick presented an updated map of the trash cans. The City will refurbish some during the winter.

 

Trees on Main Street

-          The Shade Tree Commission will replace trees on Main Street which are in need.

-           Chuck suggested that we focus on what we have by expanding flowers, banners, etc.

 

Instant Actions

-          Brainstorm future projects.

-          Doug will contact Ohio Edison about what is allowed on the poles.

-          Doug will contact Bridget about a public meeting to present the survey information.

-          Chuck will email Lori Cope, Service Safety Director for the City, to address bad trash cans and will carbon Angelo.

Next meeting is 9 a.m. January 8 at Chuck Hahn’s Conference Room, 108 North Main Street rear.

 



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Mansfield Area Beautification Minutes September 18, 2014

 

Five attended the meeting at Chuck Hahn’s Conference Room.  Doug welcomed Todd Blankenship from Regional planning, who formerly worked for ODOT. Doug reviewed some of our past beautification projects.

Sector Grants

We would like to expand the hanging flower baskets to other areas of North Main Street and to the square. Since it is late in the season, Mechanics and Richland Bank will wait until spring to order their flower baskets for next year.  

Funding is needed for flowers for the existing baskets for next year and for any more brackets and flower baskets that may be planned for 2015.

So far, no one has applied for a store front grant on the square.  Buildings which could be improved are the one with boarded up windows at 5th and Walnut and also the Red Cross Building.

Carrousel District

Chuck Hahn said that Engweiler Properties started painting the balconies above RELAX. But they stopped and are on hold until the Ritter house is finished.

The Beautification Sector received an invoice for $200 for payment towards the large planters near the Carrousel, which was approved at the last meeting.

Weeds are still out of control in the downtown areas, and need more maintenance.

Future Projects for Beautification

At this time, future projects will be on hold. We will concentrate more on the projects we have in progress. The results of some pending ideas for downtown may determine what beautification can occur. Pacific Impressions will removing some dead trees on North Main Street.  They will not be replaced because of poor conditions in the area.

City and Downtown should access individual store owners to help with beautification.

Trash Cans

Jennifer Gray did an inventory of all the trash cans in the area and rated them for need of refurbishing or replacement.  We will at least try to get lids on the trash cans before winter. John Fernyak has some lids in stock.

Park-ing Day

The National Park-ing Day is in September, but there is not one planned at this time for Mansfield.

The Chamber After Hours Event is today, September 18 at Mechanics Bank from 5-7 p.m. with tours available of the newly renovated space.

 

Instant Actions

Doug will check with RCGG and Downtown to determine the contacts for the hanging baskets and the possible expansion to other areas of downtown and Main Street.

Doug will contact Jennifer Gray and John Fernyak about timely replacement of the trash can lids which are in the worst condition.

Todd Blankenship will check with Paul Bender about Park-ing Day possibilities.

Doug will contact John Thrasher about the possibility of having OSU students paint windows of some vacant store fronts downtown.

Doug will contact John Fernyak and Grant Milliron about improvements of the building with boarded up windows at 5th and Walnut and also the Red Cross Building.

Doug will contact Bayfield, Wisconsin concerning the memory plaques used on their hanging flower baskets and find out details about their program.

 Next meeting:

 9 a.m. October 9 at Chuck Hahn’s Conference Room, 108 North Main Street, rear.

 

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Mansfield Area Beautification Minutes August 7, 2014

 

Following a meeting of Downtown Mansfield, seven attended the Beautification meeting at Chuck Hahn’s Conference Room, led by Doug Versaw. He welcomed Norbert Peiker back from his travels.

Sector Grant Projects on the Square

-          For future expansion of the hanging baskets, both Mechanics and Richland Banks have agreed to pay for flowers in front of their businesses on Park Ave West to Walnut.

-          Doug contacted Justin Marotta at Possum Run Greenhouse and asked for a quote for more baskets. Evergreens in the hanging baskets are a possibility for winter interest.

-          Watering is shared with the City and New Hope. There are a few baskets which need some TLC.

-          Doug recently traveled to Wisconsin where their baskets had memory plaques hanging from the bottoms.

-          The Merchants of the Square met recently with Doug and RCDG at Mechanics Bank with only a few in attendance to get information about the façade matching grant program. This program is for the square, but could possibly expand to some buildings on Main.

-          John Fernyak is having painting done on the fire escape and railing on Reeds building. The awning will be replaced with insurance.

-          $2000 may be available for Art students to paint art work on empty store front windows on the square. 

Carrousel District

-           Angelo Klousaidis had the City paint the rusty pole in front of the Carrousel.

-           Weeds that were sprayed are now back and should be sprayed again.

-          Chuck Hahn reported that the City lot has some new signage and brackets and DMI has ordered banners. There is still some debris which should be cleared.

-          The City and New Hope are watering all the downtown planters on alternate weeks.  New Hope might be interested in greenhouses, and Pioneer already has them if we need to reduce the cost for the flowers in the future.

Park-ing Day – Is planned for some time in September.

Announcements and Review of Instant Actions and past discussions

-           Chuck Hahn found that the city had one banner.  Downtown Mansfield found no banners. No one seems to know where the banners are stored. Doug said that Main Street Mansfield stored the banners in the 80’s when he was in charge of downtown banners for 18 years.

-           Todd volunteered to store the banners at Tridico’s. He would also like to bid on new banners

-          The City building at 5th and North Main should be torn down by the end of the year.  They are now working on the bricks.

-          Nothing is happening with the old Postal Union Building.

-           Jennifer Gray did an inventory of the number of trash cans. For the next meeting, she will bring the information, along with the condition of the trash cans.  

-           The Foundry is being torn down. The cement will be taken out in slabs and then ground up. The property will then be for sale.

-          Linda Sampson announced that the Chamber “After Hours” will be held September 18 at Mechanics Bank and will be called “September on the Square.

-          The new Mechanics Bank in Bellville should be open by mid-September.

-          Any new beautification projects could be considered for South Main to spruce up the area near the new Richland County Foundation Home.

-          There is still money in our account which could be used for future beautification. There is also money in an account set aside for Miracle Mile beautification.

-           The new director of Regional Planning is Jotika Shetty of KE McCartney.

-           Todd Tridico announced a fundraiser for a scholarship in memory of his son, Sam. It will be a Pancake Breakfast at Walton Lake this Saturday.

 Instant Actions

-          Doug will try to get information about winter evergreens for the hanging baskets and also get the quote from Justin for more hanging baskets.

-          Doug will get information to Todd about costs of brackets.

-          Doug will check with Roberta at RCDG to see if the banners are stored at the Chamber. 

-          Doug will check with KE McCartney about the progress of the study for Two Way Streets.

-          Doug will find out who owns the old Mapco building.

-          Doug will ask Angelo about property that needs mowing.

 

Next Meeting 9 a.m. August 28 at Chuck Hahn’s Conference Room, 108 North Main Street, rear.

 

 

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North Main Street (Mansfield Area) Beautification Minutes May 15, 2014

 

Chuck Hahn made available his conference room for the meeting with seven attending. Doug Versaw led the meeting after distributing agendas and minutes.

Paul Bender encouraged everyone to support the new Phoenix Brew Pub which opened recently on North Diamond Street and would like more development in that area.

 Sector Name – After discussing several options, the group voted to change the name of the North Main Street Beautification Sector to “Mansfield Area Beautification” and expand beautification efforts beyond Main Street to other areas of Mansfield, including the square, Central Park, South Main Street, and the Miracle Mile among other areas.

Service Club Signs – The three remaining signs will be installed before winter. Paul Bender, on behalf of Richland Moves, said a “Welcome to Mansfield” sign is needed on the bike trail at North Lake Park. Master Gardeners have approved a project with is coordinated with Richland County Parks, etc. for plantings and beautification.

Sector Grant for Projects on the Square -

 - RCDG received a Sector grant from Richland County Foundation. Our Sector applied to RCDG for a $10,000 Sector Grant for the square, which would be used for three projects. $6000 would be used for façade grants on the square through DMI, matched by the merchants, to improve facades. $2000 would be used to improve store fronts in 3 vacant buildings. “Pop-up” retail could be considered. $2000 would be used for hanging baskets along the cut through of Park Avenue. Possum Run Greenhouse would provide 10 baskets, planted with flowers.  The City would put up brackets and hang the baskets; and New Hope would water the baskets for $22.50 per week for 16 weeks.    

 - There is about $6000 remaining from the North Main Street Tree Fund to be used for general beautification.

Beautification of the Carrousel District

-          Trash Cans – Jennifer is working with Jamie concerning the trash cans. Jeanne reported that Pioneer does not have sandblasting capabilities and is not available for refurbishing.

-          The City building at 5th and North Main should be demolished by the end of this year after the bricks are removed for recycling.

-          Downtown planters are being coordinated by Doug, Pam Siegenthaler, and DMI. Jennifer said donations are still coming in and are on schedule.      

-           Two Way Streets – John Fernyak said at the April 10th meeting that two way streets seemed to be a dead issue.  However, the Mayor is still investigating it, along with the Central Park consolidation.

OSU study of Mansfield - RCDG invited students from OSU Columbus to do a study of Mansfield. They discovered that the Mansfield Area has great potential, and recommended that two way streets and Central Park should go together and to proceed. An updated downtown plan is needed encompassing all phases.  DMI and Miracle Mile have existing plans.  OSU Business School could serve as a consulting firm. 

Landscaping-There was a tree replaced in the planter in front of Crowes. There are 3 small planters near the street by the city parking lot which need trees and flowers. The city will refurbish all planters this week, and planting is scheduled for May 20.

Foundry – Doug announced that Tim Bowersock said the City accepted bids to remove asbestos.  In June they will accept bids for demolition of the Foundry. The last bids will be for concrete removal.  Demolition should be completed by the end of the year.

Jean’s Place –Doug reported that a Sheriff’s sale occurred, but has no purchase information.

I Love Mansfield Facebook Page – Paul Bender posts and encourages others to post comments.

Park-ing Day - Paul will coordinate three Park-ing Days, including the national one in September, and is working with Dalton Derr on a festival in August. They have locations, but need in kind donations and other donations.

New US 30 Interchange – Doug announced that information from Bowersock indicated the new exit will be between 13 and 545, but they are not sure exactly where.  A final decision from ODOT is expected in the next 2 weeks.

Announcements and Suggestions

-          Paul suggested a planter in front of Phoenix Brew Pub on North Diamond. All agreed.   

-          June 14 will be GOBA (Great Ohio Bicycle Adventure)

-          August 16 will celebrate Mansfield with Art in the Parks.

Instant Actions

-          Doug will get information about the Sherriff’s sale of Jean’s Place.

-          Doug will ask Angelo to do an inventory of trash cans.

-          Jennifer Gray and DMI will continue to raise money for trash cans.

-          Doug will ask John Fernyak for his approval for a planter in front of the Phoneix.

 

NEXT MEETING- May 15 at 9 a.m. at Chuck Hahns’ Conference Room, 108 N. Main Street, rear.

 

                                 





North Main Street (Mansfield Area) Beautification Minutes May 1, 2014

 

Chuck Hahn made available his conference room for the meeting with seven attending. Doug Versaw led the meeting after distributing agendas and minutes.

Paul Bender encouraged everyone to support the new Phoenix Brew Pub which opened recently on North Diamond Street and would like more development in that area.

 Sector Name – After discussing several options, the group voted to change the name of the North Main Street Beautification Sector to “Mansfield Area Beautification” and expand beautification efforts beyond Main Street to other areas of Mansfield, including the square, Central Park, South Main Street, and the Miracle Mile among other areas.

Service Club Signs – The three remaining signs will be installed before winter. Paul Bender, on behalf of Richland Moves, said a “Welcome to Mansfield” sign is needed on the bike trail at North Lake Park. Master Gardeners have approved a project with is coordinated with Richland County Parks, etc. for plantings and beautification.

Sector Grant for Projects on the Square -

 - RCDG received a Sector grant from Richland County Foundation. Our Sector applied to RCDG for a $10,000 Sector Grant for the square, which would be used for three projects. $6000 would be used for façade grants on the square through DMI, matched by the merchants, to improve facades. $2000 would be used to improve store fronts in 3 vacant buildings. “Pop-up” retail could be considered. $2000 would be used for hanging baskets along the cut through of Park Avenue. Possum Run Greenhouse would provide 10 baskets, planted with flowers.  The City would put up brackets and hang the baskets; and New Hope would water the baskets for $22.50 per week for 16 weeks.    

 - There is about $6000 remaining from the North Main Street Tree Fund to be used for general beautification.

Beautification of the Carrousel District

-          Trash Cans – Jennifer is working with Jamie concerning the trash cans. Jeanne reported that Pioneer does not have sandblasting capabilities and is not available for refurbishing.

-          The City building at 5th and North Main should be demolished by the end of this year after the bricks are removed for recycling.

-          Downtown planters are being coordinated by Doug, Pam Siegenthaler, and DMI. Jennifer said donations are still coming in and are on schedule.      

-           Two Way Streets – John Fernyak said at the April 10th meeting that two way streets seemed to be a dead issue.  However, the Mayor is still investigating it, along with the Central Park consolidation.

OSU study of Mansfield - RCDG invited students from OSU Columbus to do a study of Mansfield. They discovered that the Mansfield Area has great potential, and recommended that two way streets and Central Park should go together and to proceed. An updated downtown plan is needed encompassing all phases.  DMI and Miracle Mile have existing plans.  OSU Business School could serve as a consulting firm. 

Landscaping-There was a tree replaced in the planter in front of Crowes. There are 3 small planters near the street by the city parking lot which need trees and flowers. The city will refurbish all planters this week, and planting is scheduled for May 20.

Foundry – Doug announced that Tim Bowersock said the City accepted bids to remove asbestos.  In June they will accept bids for demolition of the Foundry. The last bids will be for concrete removal.  Demolition should be completed by the end of the year.

Jean’s Place –Doug reported that a Sheriff’s sale occurred, but has no purchase information.

I Love Mansfield Facebook Page – Paul Bender posts and encourages others to post comments.

Park-ing Day - Paul will coordinate three Park-ing Days, including the national one in September, and is working with Dalton Derr on a festival in August. They have locations, but need in kind donations and other donations.

New US 30 Interchange – Doug announced that information from Bowersock indicated the new exit will be between 13 and 545, but they are not sure exactly where.  A final decision from ODOT is expected in the next 2 weeks.

Announcements and Suggestions

-          Paul suggested a planter in front of Phoenix Brew Pub on North Diamond. All agreed.   

-          June 14 will be GOBA (Great Ohio Bicycle Adventure)

-          August 16 will celebrate Mansfield with Art in the Parks.

Instant Actions

-          Doug will get information about the Sherriff’s sale of Jean’s Place.

-          Doug will ask Angelo to do an inventory of trash cans.

-          Jennifer Gray and DMI will continue to raise money for trash cans.

-          Doug will ask John Fernyak for his approval for a planter in front of the Phoneix.

 

NEXT MEETING- May 15 at 9 a.m. at Chuck Hahns’ Conference Room, 108 N. Main Street, rear.

 

                                   




North Main Street Beautification Minutes April 10, 2014 

Nine people gathered at Chuck Hahn’s Conference room where Doug Versaw welcomed everyone and introductions were made. Agendas and minutes were sent earlier by email, but copies were available. The meeting concentrated on discussion of beautification of the Carrousel District and Downtown. Guest John Fernyak was in attendance and spoke with us about several issues in the Carrousel District and Downtown. He contributed information and insight for much of our discussion. Trash Cans –Jennifer Gray reported that many trash cans are in very bad shape and need work.  Downtown Mansfield and the City plan to purchase 2 each for 4 total at $650 per trash can, and are trying to raise funds. John Fernyak previously called the factory about replacement lids which were quoted as $80 each.  He found a local source to make them for $55 each and has about 50 lids, some of which would be available for our use. He has the name of someone who can make stainless steel trash cans which won’t rust.  Angelo reported that the city will refurbish some trash cans by sandblasting and painting. John suggested to use black epoxy undercoat and paint 2 coats of oil based green or black paint. John had purchased all the trash cans for the Carrousel District and Mayor Lydia Reid had purchased the ones for the city. Fernyak 2014 Projects - He is focusing on 3 projects this year which he hopes will be completed by the end of 2014.  --Phoenix Brewery held private events last weekend and Wednesday night, will have a soft opening April 10, and should be open to the public starting April 11.  --Ed Pickens Café on Main is refurbishing the Kobacher Room.  -- Ritter House should be finished by the end of 2014. Building at 5th and Main – The building has been there since the 1870s, is in bad shape, and is not salvageable. It has 12” thick walls.  The outside bricks are hard baked bricks which are in decent shape.  They will be stripped, put on palates and reused.  The interior light colored bricks are crumbling and will be used in landfill.  There is no date yet for the demolition. The wall on North Main Street just south of 5th - There are three lots which are all odd shape, two of which are owned by Fernyak. The lot in the middle is owned by Todd Tridico.  At a recent meeting, Todd indicated that he wants to keep that lot for ingress/egress to his lot in case of future development. John would like to own the entire 3 lots so he can fill in and pave for a parking lot and put up a wrought iron fence. No agreement has been reached. Two Way Streets – Fernyak discussed his support for two way streets for Main and Diamond Streets.  Because of some opposition, the City has no plans at this time for two way streets. Downtown Development –Over the years, John has been instrumental in the renovation of the Carrousel District and other buildings in the downtown area. Currently, there are 8 or 9 empty buildings in the downtown area which have potential for renovation. But there are no plans now for any more development. Fernyak’s investment group is considering pulling their financial support from Mansfield and concentrating on development projects in other cities. At present, he now plans to focus on maintenance and beautification of the Carrousel District, rather than more renovations. Park-ing Day – Paul Bender is working on several options for locations and events for the next Park-ing Day.  The dates have not been chosen yet. Service Club Signs – Five signs have been replaced.  Three more will be done later. Todd Tridico will install the sweeps in the near future. Other Agenda Items –  Because of a lack of time, the other agenda items will be postponed to the next meeting. Instant Actions – Angelo Klousaides will investigate the trash can refurbishing. Jennifer Gray will continue to try to raise funds for the purchase of trash cans. We will all continue to consider a possible new name for the North Main Street Beautification Sector.   NEXT MEETING is MAY 1 at 9 a.m. at Chuck Hahn’s Conference Room, 108 North Main Street, rear.    


                                                               North Main Street Beautification Minutes March 6, 2014  


Eight people met in Chuck Hahn’s Conference Room with Doug Versaw welcoming attendees and distributing agendas and minutes. Chuck announced that he recently hosted some City Council members. Their discussion included the city parking lot improvements, downtown housing, streetscape, and parking on Main Street. Service Club Entranceway signs  Seven signs are up now with one more to install. Todd Tridico indicated everything is on schedule. Beautification of Downtown and Carrousel District  - Trash Cans: The City will purchase two or three trash cans, but the others need to be refurbished. Jamie Thompson of Downtown Mansfield is looking at possibilities for the trash cans.  - Wall and Scrub Trees South of the Mill: Some plans have been discussed. One possibility is to fill the lot and make a parking lot, possibly using decorative wrought iron to make it more attractive.  - Letters about the downtown planters will go out soon asking for donations for the flowers and commitments for planting them.  - International Clean-up Day Wednesday April 2, 2014: Sister City Organization will help clean-up in Mansfield Parks.  People should find an area for clean-up and take pictures before and after.  Landscape Committee The Landscape Committee will wait to meet until there is further progress on decisions about which areas might be available for landscaping. Review of Existing Instant Actions  - The building at 5th and Main was sold by the city, but there is no information yet on the demolition.  - Foundry Property Demolition – There has been a change and it cannot go out for bids yet.  Some things need to be done.  - Jean’s Place Demolition –The building is for sale at Sherriff’s sale, but there is no other information. Future Projects  - A new US30 Exit/Entrance at SR 13 $& 545 is scheduled to begin in 2016.  The state is interested in beautification, so we might have some input toward those future plans.   Announcements and Other Discussions–   - Paul Bender has a Facebook page “I Love Mansfield” on which he asks people to state things they like about the area. He submitted an article to the News Journal about possible things that could happen in Mansfield to make it better and more beautiful. He wants to make people aware of the potential for making Mansfield a better place.  - Paul is interested in conducting another Park-ing Day soon in downtown, perhaps this spring.  -  Dalton Derr suggested that we have an event such as an art festival this summer, possibly in conjunction with a Park-ing Day.  Possible Name Change for Sector - Discussion In thinking of a new name for North Main Street Beautification, remember that beautification involves more than just landscaping.  Ideas to consider would include envisioning, improvements, etc. Paul suggested the idea of “place-making”. Two Way Streets – Discussion  Because of a better understanding, more downtown merchants are more now supportive of two way streets.  Chuck Hahn stated that it would encourage downtown redevelopment. Parking space should not be affected as much as previously thought.  Concerns have been expressed about slowing traffic flow for businesses that use it as a thoroughfare. Instant Actions  - Doug will conduct an inventory of Reason for All Seasons Sign.  - Doug will contact John Fernyak about the status of the building at 5th and Main and will invite him to the next meeting to discuss various aspects of Downtown including two way streets. - We will all think about our visions, the original visions and new ones.  - We will all try to think of possible new names for our Sector that will include more areas than North Main Street, but will still convey the idea of “beautification”.   - Paul Bender will investigate possible “Parking Day plans, possibly in conjunction with a Festival.   Next Meeting March 27 at Chuck Hahn’s Conference Room, 108 North Main Street Rear.     North Main Street Beautification Minutes December 12, 2013 Meeting in Chuck Hahn’s Conference Room, Doug Versaw welcomed the seven in attendance. Ally Watson, from the Richland Foundation was thanked for the Foundation’s grants which have helped several different sector projects, including the beautification of North Main Street. Service Club Entranceway Signs – There are 8 locations for signs.  7 signs are in, 6 of them are new. One will be replaced and one needs to be installed. Other potential places for future signs were discussed. Doug talked with Tridico and they will install the sign sweeps. Trees at US30/13N – A sector grant was used for the trees which were donated by the Blackfork Tree Farm. The area looks nice. “Move It” was not available, so a county employee was available as a side job. Touby Run Landscaping – Rotary helped clean up the area this fall, but no further landscaping is planned at this time. A meeting is scheduled in January to begin a Flood Mitigation Study to determine possible solutions to the flooding issues.  A consultant was hired.  Beautification of Carrousel District – Future Projects -    - Building at 5th and Main –No information is available yet.    - Wall and Scrub Trees South of the Mill (Tridico’s and Fernyak’s property).    - Trash Cans – Angelo received quotes for new trash cans. The cost estimate is $765 for each can, if 10 are purchased. He suggested the possibility of saving money by using the existing cans and having those sand blasted and powder coated. Downtown Planters – Pam Siegenthaler and Doug Versaw volunteered to coordinate the Downtown Planters again this year. The City will also help. Pam said that the soil for the planters needs to be enriched before the plants are in and fertilized during the year. After last years’ experience with MANCI and disappearing plants from the Kingwood starts, Mona Kneuss from Kingwood (and new President of Friends of the Parks) will more closely monitor the process. Instant Actions -    - Pam will contact Justin Marotta about enriching the soil and obtaining the flowers for the Downtown Planters for this year. She has been very pleased with the quality, service, and fair price in the past.  - Pam and Doug will meet with the City about the plans for Planters.  - Doug will contact Chuck Hahn and John Fernyak about the possibility of getting more (plastic) planters between 4th and 5th.  - Sam Dunn will contact MANCI about the “seedlings to plants” project for this spring.  - Jeanne will contact Pioneer for a contact name for Angelo for possible renovation of the trash cans. Next Meeting to be announced.      ***********************************************************************************************************    

North Main Street Beautification Minutes November 21, 2013  


Doug Versaw led the meeting at Mt. Calvary with seven in attendance. Service Club Entranceway Signs – Most of the new signs are already installed or will be by winter.  The clubs will need to provide extra symbols. The old sign on Lexington Avenue was finally removed. Trees at US30/13N - The trees were all put in and look nice.  “Move It” was unavailable to move the trees so we used a county employee as a side job. Touby Run Landscaping – There are no plans at this time but the committee will meet before spring. Make a Difference Day – Six or seven volunteers cleaned up trash at the interchange and on North Main Street. They also removed the plants from the planters for the winter. Carrousel District – Chuck Hahn suggested the need for new trash cans in the area. That was also one of the suggestions from our original Bird Houk plan.  He mentioned the need for improvement to the wall and scrub trees between 4th and 5th. The downtown planters should be watered by Downtown or the merchants. Building at 5th and Main – Doug announced that Tim Bowersock said the bids for the sale of the building should go out on Friday, November 22. There will be a public notice and bids should be submitted within two weeks. Extra trees – Three more trees were donated by the Black Fork Tree Farm. Two pin oaks were planted at Prospect Park and one evergreen at the blockhouse at South Park. Announcements - Paul Bender announced that the Phoenix Brewery is scheduled to open next year. Sam Dunn announced that Mr. Goldman purchased the alley off Harker Street by his property and plans to purchase more property. Instant Actions –  - Angelo will obtain a cost estimate for new trash cans.  - Doug will contact Mr. Fernyak and Mr. Tridico about the vacant lot at the Mill with our concern about the unsightliness of the wall and the trees.  - Doug will obtain an inventory of the entranceway signs.  - We will all think about ideas to improve downtown to bring more people to the area. Next meeting will be at Chuck Hahn’s Conference Room (rear entrance) at 9 a.m. December 12. North Main Street Beautification Minutes October 17, 2013   Doug Versaw opened a short meeting for three who attended at Mt. Calvary Church.   Service Club Entranceway Signs – Signs are on schedule to be finished by the end of the year. Paul Bender suggested that the Geographical Information System be used to inventory signs. “Reason for All Seasons” Signs in some areas have been neglected.  It is important for individuals to help maintain or report them when they notice the need. Jeanne brought a picture of a sign that a private individual had clean up. Trees and Landscaping  - Trees at US30/13 Interchange – Ryan will help remark trees.  Trees should be planted later this fall.             - The City, through the Reid Industrial Park EPA Mitigation process, planted 1400 trees.  Approximately one half were planted in the industrial park and the other half in the parks along the Touby Run from South Park through Middle Park and into North Lake Park. - Touby’s Run Landscaping – We hope to be able to do some landscaping there next spring. Make a Difference Day - Doug passed out a list of possible projects needed for clean-up. Richland Bank and Pioneer have expressed an interest in getting involved. Doug will help with this project. Building at 5th and Main – No new information is available. Instant Actions  - Doug will check into the possibility of an inventory for entranceway and “Reason for All Seasons” signs.     - Doug will contact the tree farm and also Move It about the trees for the interchange.        - Doug will follow up with Jennifer about the Merchant’s meeting concerning beautification of the Carousel District.  - Doug will check with Angelo about the progress of the building at 5th and Main. Next Meeting: November 14, 2013 at 9 a.m. at Mt. Calvary Fellowship Hall.   North Main Street Beautification Minutes October 3, 2013 Mt. Calvary Fellowship Hall provided space for the Beautification Sector meeting. Doug Versaw opened the meeting and passed out agendas and minutes to the six attendees. Park(ing) Day was held on September 20 in an area of the City Parking Lot near the 4th and Main Street Gazebo. RCDG provided 10 pieces of indoor/outdoor green carpeting for the base.  Dalton Derr assisted Chairman, Paul Bender by picking up loaner trees, plants, and flowers for the day. Paul brought church pews for seating. Kids were there that day to participate in the art activities that were available. Overall, the Day was a success. Paul provided pictures of some of the kids, artwork, and activities. Next year it is hoped that the event can be expanded. Service Club Entranceway Signs.  We have the money to build four more signs, but do not have any information at present. The old entranceway sign near Gorman Nature Center on Lexington Avenue is still up and looks bad. It was brought to our attention last year and is still there even though the new one is installed closer to Mansfield. Trees at the US30/13N Interchange – Because of mowing this summer, the markers were removed, so Ryan will be asked to remark the location for the trees.  Planting should take place in November when the trees are dormant. Landscaping – Touby’s Run could be our next project for landscaping.  The City owns both sides of the waterway. It could be cleaned up and landscaped.  The Landscape Committee will meet in the winter or early spring to develop a plan. Make a Difference Day – will be October 26.  Meet at 9 a.m. in the parking lot at Mt. Calvary Church. Doug passed out a list of projects that need to be addressed that day.  USA Today (Gannett) is the sponsor of Make a Difference Day and should give us good publicity. A press release should be sent to all media. Carousel District Beautification – The planters in downtown and the Carousel District are still looking good.  Pam Siegenthaler and Doug Versaw will chair the project for next year.  Plants, from the prison, should be available next year.  Last year, Friends of the Parks gave the starts and seeds to the prison, and Kingwood gave some flats.  We have a fund, started last year, which has approximately $1000 at present. Watering and weeding, of and near the plants, need to be monitored during the year. We need to find out who is scheduled to water and weed, and assign someone if needed. Review of current and future projects.  - Bids specs for the sale and demolition of the City building at 5th and Main have not gone out, because they are changing the wording of the bid specs. For now it is delayed, but we will get more information as it becomes available.   - Two way streets are being reviewed.  These could create more foot traffic for current and future businesses along the streets. Phoenix Brewing, on North Diamond Street, should be open later this fall.  Even though there is a front entrance, more parking will be available in Temple Court which would be near the back entrance.  - The Richland County Garage needs to be repainted, but it is noted that there is salt damage and the bricks could possibly need to be refurbished before it is painted.  - Touby’s Run will be cleaned up on Make a Difference Day with possible landscaping in the future.  - Downtown Planters will be planned for next summer. Instant Actions  - Doug Versaw will prepare a press release for “Make a Difference Day”.  - Doug will contact the Prison about the seeds and starts for them to use to grow plants in their greenhouses for the Downtown planters.  - Jen Spellman (of Chuck Hahn’s Office) will speak at the merchants’ meeting about the possibility of purchasing more planters and more plants and to ask that they contribute to the care of the plants nearby.

Next meeting Thursday October 17, at 10 a.m.   (NOTE: CHANGE OF TIME).                                   


North Main Street Beautification Minutes August 22, 2013

The meeting was at Mt. Calvary Church with 9 attending, and was led by Doug Versaw. Service Club Entranceway Signs Four signs are already installed, and four more are needed if we put signs at all 8 of the entranceways into Mansfield.  Others areas include 39 at Longview near Westbrook Country Club, 39 at 430 on Park Avenue East, West Fourth Street, and  545. Each sign costs $2000 ($1000 for materials and $1000 for sweeps) and the city installs the signs at no additional charge. Trees at US 30/ Rt. 13 Interchange We will need $2000 for the trees to be planted this fall at the interchange. Account Balance After our fund raising efforts and planting the trees last spring, the North Main Street Beautification balance this summer was around $7400. After the VOA paid the invoice of the $1000 donation, we had $8400. We have requested money from the RCDG Sector Grants, but because they received so many requests, we expect to get only $2500 which would bring us to a total of $10,928. City Building on North Main at 5th City Council approved the demolition of the building and voted to sell the building to a private party with the stipulation that the building must be demolished. The Law Director’s office is currently developing specs for bids which should be in by the end of September. Park(ing) Day September 20 is the National Park(ing) Day. Discussion included the possibility of using other areas of downtown such as 4th, instead of Main Street, because of safety and convenience. Master Gardeners and others may be asked for help.  Also donations of plants will be welcome. Future Projects for Beautification  - When the Beautification Sector was started, it served the whole county. Several sectors or “PODS” are now active from that original group, including North Main Street Beautification, Bellville Beautification, and Shelby Beautification.  - Temple Court looks nice after the installation of the planters from Century Link.  More might be done in the future with that area and nearby. It might be possible to expand the beautification efforts to the Diamond Street Redevelopment area.  - The County Garage needs paint badly.  We discussed the possibility of trying to have paint donated, and have volunteers do the painting.  - OSU has a group of students who need projects to work on. Instant Actions  - Doug and Bridget will check with Tom Beck to get his permission to paint the County Garage if we supply the paint and get volunteers to do the work.  - Paul and Angelo will follow up with the Law Director who is reviewing the information about the Park(ing) Day.  - Angelo will follow up about the signs and possible projects. He will check with Kim at the Engineer’s Office to request four additional emblems from the service clubs.  - Doug will check with Rob Heyde and “Move It” about the schedule for moving the trees this fall for the interchange.  - Doug will start planning the projects we need for “Make a Difference Day” on October 26th. He will also check with OSU about possible volunteers for that day.  - Doug, Dalton, and Paul will help with planning future projects for beautification and or landscaping. We should all look at various areas and suggest possible projects. We should email Doug with suggestions.   Next meeting is 9 a.m. Thursday, September 5th at Mt. Calvary Church. North Main Street Beautification Minutes July 18, 2013 Meeting outside the locked doors at Mt. Calvary Church were 6 people, with Doug Versaw distributing agendas and leading a short meeting while all were standing.   Service Club Entranceway Signs - are all installed but the emblems will be added when available. Trees at Route 30 Interchange – While dormant, trees should be planted later this fall by Move It. Beautification Finances – There is a possibility the VOA will donate$1000 toward beautification at Route 30. Our goal is to reach $14,000. We have $6500 in the bank.  We will apply for a Sector Grant to help with the cost of moving the trees at the interchange. Secret City Tour, North Main Street Edition - Despite the rain showers, the tour was well received on June 28th. Our costs were covered with approximately 180 people attending at $10 per person. Because of the rain, the Caffiends did not play, but were paid anyway per their contract. The first band did play. Downtown Mansfield will send a thank you note to Chan Stevens for the use of the golf carts. Future projects – Town and Country is planning to buy the Foundry Property and plans to raise the property with fill dirt to help with the flooding issues.  It would be nice to have a trail along the Rocky Fork. They could possibly also get the Harker Street corner.   - The Orchard Street corner will be cleared sometime in the future by Dan Jacobs. City building at 5th and Main - We hope to know something in August about the plans for the building. Bids will be accepted for the possible purchase of the building. Century Link Planters –are in Temple Court and planted. They separate the alley and parking lot. Park(ing Day) September 20th - The city attorney is investigating and will have more information soon. Instant Actions   - Plan a work day outing this fall, possibly October.   - Find out if it is necessary to get approval to remove scrub trees.   - Angelo will monitor the areas around the planters and have the city spray grass and weeds and water if necessary.  Most of them are cared for privately.   - Research the possibility of landscaping Touby’s Run area. Next Meeting will be scheduled and announced when more information becomes available.  North Main Street Beautification Minutes June 20, 2013   Six attended the meeting at Mt. Calvary Church where Doug Versaw distributed agendas and minutes. Service Club Entranceway Signs There is money available for 4 more signs.  We would pay for materials and the city would build them.  Possible additional locations are South Main, Ashland Road, Lexington Avenue, and Route 13. We are still waiting for most of the emblems. We also have an ok for sister city emblems which are ordered. Secret City Tour, North Main Street Edition Our plans are progressing.  The brochure is almost finished with pictures and information for 8 locations. Downtown Mansfield will have a booth in Temple Court near Diamond to collect money and distribute wrist bands for those taking the tour. A display board will be available to show the successes of the Beautification Efforts of North Main Street Sector. The tours will be from 4-7 starting at Temple Court with golf carts available. The buses will load on Diamond Street at Temple Court. The Earth Stewardship Awards will be presented from 7:30- 8. One band will start at 6 and the Caffiends will play from 8 – 9:30. Building at 5th and Main Some City Officials toured the building recently and indicate that it is in poor condition. McCabe did an inspection a few years ago and found limited asbestos.  An inspection is $600 and should be done by a certified inspector.  Dan Jacobs will tear down the building for $5000. More information should be available in the next few weeks about the building and its situation. Century Link Planters With the help of the Century link Contractor, Junior Wood from Engweiler Properties moved eight 13’ and two 6 ½’ long planters to Temple Court where they may help prevent accidents by separating the alley area from the parking lot near the Diamond Street side.  Plants were planted, including some raised at the Prison. Other Buildings and areas on North Main  - The County Garage is not available for improvement or renovation at this time.  - The Old Foundry has plans which should be announced soon.  - Some grass has been mowed and mowing of all areas should be finished soon.   Instant Actions  - Chuck Hahn’s Office will email their list with information about the tours.  - Doug Versaw will arrange for pick-up of the golf carts Friday morning the 28th.   The next meeting date is to be determined and will be announced by email

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North Main Street Beautification Minutes May 16, 2013

Seven were in attendance for the meeting at Mt. Calvary Church. Agendas were distributed and minutes of the April 18 meeting were reviewed. The scheduled May 2 meeting had no business and no minutes. Trees at the Route 30 interchange: The leaves were already coming out on the trees, and then the weather was too cold for “Move-It” to plant the trees in the infield.  The trees will be planted in the fall. Service Club Signs: 4 new signs are up with no emblems yet from service clubs, and the existing sign on Fourth Street is ok. Secret City Tour: To date 10 buildings will be open for the tour which will be from 4-7 and cost $10 per person. Pictures and a map will be in the brochure. Buses and golf carts will be available, but we will need drivers for the golf carts. Food and a cash bar will be available all evening. Earth Stewardship awards will be presented between 7:30 and 8. The first band is from 6-7:30 and the Caffeinds will begin at 8 pm.  Landscaping Committee: The Sector grant proposal for Harker Street was denied because the property is privately owned. However, there is potential that there will be an opportunity for landscaping at the city building at 5th and Main.  The Mayor and Codes department both agree that the building is in bad shape and would be too costly to renovate. They have agreed that it should be taken down.  If the building is privately owned, no asbestos abatement is required. Carrousel District Beautification:  - Pioneer School planted plants in the plastic planters which were freshly painted.    - Junior, of Engweiler properties, can move the Century Link planters in the next two weeks.  - John Fernyak was asked remove the Christmas lights during the off season. They need repairs. Other:  - Jean’s Place, which is falling down, should be torn down soon.  Her son is the executor.  - Eddie would like 2 of the Century Link planters for the corner of 6th and Main.  - John Fernyak has thanked the Beautification Sector for what we have done so far on North Main. Also the signage has received compliments.  - Tom Beck was contacted again and has no interest in painting the County Garage building.  He is hoping to get the enhancement grant soon which should help with painting and renovations.  - Park-ing project will wait until September. Doug contacted Sue Soprano who has no interest in the Park-ing project now. Paul Bender will talk soon to JR about safety and possible planning.  - The sign displaying the 179th on the brick wall might be extended to display other businesses. They would pay per month to be on the wall. Eventually the sign could be illuminated. Instant Actions:  - Decide where planters will go downtown and get City approval for the locations.  - Doug will ask Tod Tridico to show his building on the tour.  - Chuck Hahn will talk to John Fernyak to coordinate watering the Carrousel District.  - Doug will meet with downtown Mansfield about watering the plants other than the Carrousel District.  -  Jeanne will call Chan Stevens to confirm golf carts and request 4 carts to seat four each.  - Jeanne will call Judy to try to convince Bob Myers to open the Brass Building for the tour.  - Downtown Mansfield will meet with the executor of Jean’s place to salvage anything possible before the house is torn down.  - A meeting will be scheduled with Tim Bowersock to see if City dollars are available for tearing down the building at 5th and Main.   No meeting in 2 weeks, but the next meeting is scheduled in 3 weeks instead.  It will be June 6th at Mt. Calvary Church Fellowship Hall at 9:00 a.m.   North Main Street Beautification Minutes April 4, 2013   Doug Versaw distributed agendas and minutes to the nine attendees and led the meeting at Mt. Calvary Fellowship Hall. Trees at US 30 interchange - Doug took pictures earlier of the flag tree markers so we will have before and after pictures to submit to the Earth Stewardship Contest at the end of May.  The trees should be planted in a few weeks, as “Move It” is busy with Shelby’s trees now. Landscape Committee – They met and approved Ryan Domka’s design for the corner of Harker and Main. Doug contacted Paul Goldman who gave approval to proceed with landscaping. Planters in the Carrousel District were repainted recently. Planters are still available at Century Link, but we need someone to move them and a location for them. Doug raised $3000 for the “planter program” for downtown. Planting downtown planters and clean sweep will be May 21. Service Club Signs – Angelo reported that the four new service club signs are all up now, and the one on 4th Street in good condition remains. But we are still waiting for new emblems from the clubs. Todd Tridico will eventually install the “M” sweeps. The “Reason for All Seasons” sign at Route 13 south will be repaired. North Main Street Tour and Social Event June 28th - The “Secret City Tour” (last year in May) will be combined with our tour in June and will be called the Main Street Edition.  We hope to equal last year’s attendance of 750 people. The tour on RTA busses and golf carts will be from 4-7 and will cost $10 which will also cover premier seating at the concert. One band will begin at 7 and the Caffeinds will play at 9. Awards will be presented for the Stewardship contest. We will showcase our North Main Street beautification accomplishments and provide an opportunity for contributions to our efforts. Wrist Bands are already in, and work is in progress for a brochure with a map and list of the businesses open for the tour.  Volunteers are needed for that day. We need to raise about $1200 to cover the projected costs.  Announcements  - The BP station looks better now that the brush trees are all down.  - Phoenix Microbrewery plans to open in late June in the old Mortuary on Diamond.  - The Christmas lights on North Main in the Carrousel District have received many complaints.  Engweiler Properties will be asked to remove them until the next Christmas season.  - Dave Speck raised $3000 to begin landscaping at the corner of Cook Road and Lexington Avenue. He has been mowing the area for years.  - Future downtown improvement projects include the lot at Glessner and South Main.  - NECIC has a small grant program of $250 and will be accepting applications.  - Doug submitted the ODOT application for the trees at the interchange.  - National Park(ing) Day is in September and we hope to participate. Instant Actions  - Jeanne will contact Chan to confirm golf carts and get details.  - Doug will contact Red Horse or Shelly Smith about moving planters from Century Link.  - Doug will contact NECIC about grant.  - John Siegenthaler will contact Tom Beck again about painting the County garage.  - Doug will contact businesses about possible Park(ing) Day participation for June 28th.  - Paul Bender will talk to JR about safety issues for the Park(ing) Day.

Next meeting is Thursday, May 2 at 9 am at Mt. Calvary Fellowship Hall.  

North Main Street Beautification April 4, 2013  

Seven were in attendance at Mt. Calvary with Doug Versaw distributing agendas and minutes. Trees at the US 30 Interchange The City removed 3 dead trees at Prospect Park and wants to secure funding to move three trees from the Blackfork Tree Farm to Prospect Park. Trees at the interchange are scheduled to be planted this spring. Service Club Signs The plan is to install 4 new signs before the Tough Mudder event on April 27-28. The existing one on Fourth Street will not be replaced. North Main Street Tour and Social Event June 28th A meeting was held with Downtown Mansfield and RCDG.  Buses and golf carts will be free for the tours, but there will be a $10.00 charge for the tours. There will be a cash bar, and food will be available for purchase. Special seating is being considered for attendees. Our projected costs are for printing, advertising and a DMI insurance rider. North Main Street Beautification There are four sponsors for all the Final Friday concerts, but two more are needed for the June 28th event. Concerns were the disrepair of Christmas lights in the Carrousel District, and alternating street lights being off. Landscape Committee met March 20 and will proceed with a design for Harker and Main. BP Station has hired someone to removetrees and clean up the ditch which is in progress. City owned building at 5th and Main was inspected by City Codes and was found to be in very poor condition and too unsafe to inspect the roof. Planters from Century Link – Even though they will donate 8 large and 2 small planters, it would be a challenge to get someone to move them.  A crane and flatbed are needed. PUCO reported that street trees are ok as planted, but might need trimming in 15-20 years.   New Instant Actions  - Doug will contact Taylor from “Move It” about trees for Prospect Park and the Interchange.  - Doug will send in ODOT Application.  - Paul Bender and Doug will check about the city code for the possibility of a “Park-Ing”.

Next meeting 10 a.m. April 18 at Mt. Calvary Fellowship Hall

North Main Street Beautification Minutes March 7, 2013  

Mt. Calvary hosted 8 members of the North Main Street Beautification meeting.  After introductions and distribution of the agendas and minutes, Doug Versaw led the meeting. Route 30 Interchange Trees Since there will be renovation at some interchanges near Downtown and the elimination of the 545 exit, we must be careful to plant the trees in an area where they won’t be disturbed.   Our plan is to have them planted in the infield area away from the road. Depending on the weather, the 14 trees including 6 conifers and 8 hardwoods should be planted in April or May. Street Trees Dan Cleland, from Ashland Railway, delivered some unpleasant news about the street trees in relation to the railroad tracks.  The PUCO has sight distance limits at all railroad crossings and nothing at all can be planted near there that might someday block the view at any height. The new trees that were planted last fall must be moved or will eventually be cut down by railroad employees.  Also there is a possible problem with the trees, grasses and flowers that were planted at the island in front of the Brass Building. The PUCO will have to evaluate the problem and let us know. The contact person for the PUCO is Rand Patterson (614-203-2186) from Columbus. The good news is that the old rails at Harker Street will be removed this year. Landscape Committee A landscaping committee meeting was held on March 1. Jeanne relayed that the 3 areas discussed for the next landscaping projects will be Harker Street, Touby Run Bridge, and 5th at Main. The committee is checking with the city to see if the proposed two way streets would interfere with our landscaping plans. Service Club Signs Todd would like to go ahead and ask the city to put up the service club signs at the entranceways when the weather is appropriate, even though the service club emblems might not be available yet.  They would be added when available. We have to wait until we hear back from the city.  It would be nice to have them installed by the weekend of the Tough Mudder, April 25-28. Way-finding Signs A single Way-finding sign will cost $3,860. There has been interest in possible other way-finding signs in other areas of the city, especially the south area.  It will cost $650 to install the signs. Identification of Future Projects - Plan what to do with The Old building North of Rogers Neon (Jean Walters).  - Determine plans for the City owned building at 5th and North Main.  - Jotika suggested that we log properties in binder using a GIS format, and include a picture of each property with address, condition, and suggestions for possible rehab or demolition, etc. June 28 Social Event and Tour Our events and tours will be from 4-7 from our location at Temple Court near Diamond. The first band starts at 7, and the Caffeinds at 9 pm. Doug talked with Downtown Mansfield and we will have our event in cooperation with them.  For transportation, Doug contacted Richland Transit and Jeanne talked with Chan Stevens who said we could use golf cats for the tours.  We may also consider bike tours. Other discussion included food and drinks, possible businesses to open for tours, and events for kids such as a train available for climbing aboard, tractors to view, face painting, etc.   Announcements and Review of Last Instant Actions  - The Mayor’s report from 2012 for the City of Mansfield mentioned the positive beautification efforts of our committee.  Also, Doug was interviewed for the “Blueprint” section of the Sunday paper. Mansfield is still listed as an “Entitlement City” in order to receive Federal Block Grant dollars.  - Paul Bender announced the campaign for the riding lights and bike tune ups, which provided a total of 30 riding lights for bikers worth $1000.  - Doug announced that BP Station is willing to look at a bid for improvements to their property and Dan Jacobs is pursuing a bid.  - The County Garage is in line for the Enhancement Grant and may be informed this summer.  - Doug has spoken to Mayor Theaker about the City owned building at 5th and Main. The next step is to determine the condition of the roof. Instant Actions  - Doug will contact Town and Country to ask about plans for the cleared corner of Harker and Main.  - Doug will contact PUCO to find out about trees which might need to be moved.  - With the help of the RCDG office, Bridget and Jotika will develop an analysis of questionable properties, their address, condition and suggested procedure.  - Todd Tridico will ask his dad about having Tridico Signs open for the summer tour.  - Doug will follow through with having the roof checked at the city building at 5th and Main.  - Jeanne will schedule another landscaping committee meeting to start plans for landscaping plans for one of three areas on North Main.

Next meeting will be 9 a.m. March 21, 2013 at Mt. Calvary Baptist Fellowship 

North Main Street Beautification Minutes February 14, 2013  

Doug Versaw welcomed 5 people to the meeting at Mt. Calvary Fellowship Hall.  After agendas and minutes were distributed, he opened the discussion. Trees at the Route 30 Interchange “Move It” Company might have to wait until May to plant the trees if the area is too wet. Even though the gravel is in for the access road, it depends on the weather. Service Club Signs No new information is available now, but the signs are in progress. Social Event  - Doug volunteered to be chairman of the June 28th event and will get a Co-Chairman.   -The group discussed food and beverages and if our plan might be integrated with plans by Downtown Mansfield.  - Golf carts should available for tours and transportation along North Main. Landscaping Projects  - Street trees should be blooming this spring.  If water is needed, the city will help. The city promises to do a better job of mowing this year, but property owners should be encouraged to keep their own properties clean and mowed.  - BP is interested in getting a quote to remove the scrub trees and bushes, install a tile, fill in the ditch with dirt, and plant grass.  - We would like to see landscaping planted this spring at the Harker Street corner, Touby’s Run area, and both the southwest and northwest corners of 5th and Main.  Tridico owns the property on the north side which has asphalt which would need to be removed.  - A landscaping committee meeting will be scheduled within the next week or two.  - We have funds in the beautification fund with which to work. Possible Future Projects and Other Announcements  - Doug received a quote from Dan Jacobs to tear down the building owned by the city at the corner of 5th and Main. The quote is $5000 to tear down the building, $650 to inspect for asbestos, and could be another $6000 for abatement if needed. We would need approval (and maybe some funds) from the City and the Mayor to proceed. Dan Seckel said earlier that the cost of renovation would be high and could not be recovered by rent.   - The County Garage still looks bad and desperately needs paint and maintenance, even if only the front gets painted. Paul Bender suggested that maybe something could be painted on the building similar to the “mail pouch” or “Ohio Bicentennial”.  - The murals on some downtown buildings need to be repainted. The grant from OSU to do this seems to have fallen through.  The question was asked if perhaps vinyl might be better than paint on the buildings.  - Tom Acevski , who owns the building that was Chris’s Café, is interested in having tree limbs trimmed and the area cleaned up. Trees are planted on the corner lot and the area could look nice.  - The house next to Roger’s Neon on the east side of North Main near 6th just south of the VOA building is available.  Jean Walters died, and her son wants to donate the vacant house to someone. Instant Actions  - Doug will check about the roof condition at the City building at 5th and Main.  - Doug will check with BP and with Dan Jacobs about a quote for the BP station clean-up.  - Doug will check with Downtown Mansfield about their plans for food, etc. for the social event.  -The County Garage building will be approached again to ask for painting.  - Paul Bender will check with John Adams about the status of the earlier application for the enhancement grant for the County Garage.  - Jeanne will schedule a Landscape Committee meeting.  - Jeanne will check with Chan Stevens about the possibility of using some golf carts for the June 28th social event.
Next meeting is March 7th at 9 a.m. at Mt. Calvary Fellowship Hall.             

Minutes January 31, 2013 North Main Street Beautification

Eight people convened at Mt. Calvary with Doug Versaw conducting the meeting. Service Club Entranceway Signs Todd Tridico presented a drawing of the proposed service club signs. Even though the city would like to install everything at once, now the plan is to install the signs and put up the emblems as they are ready. Trees at the Route 30/ Main Street Interchange The city put in the gravel for an entrance to accommodate the trucks to plant the trees. They might have to wait until May before they are planted. At that area, 6 conifers and 8 hardwoods are planned. Landscaping Committee A general meeting of the Landscaping Committee is needed. Potential future landscaping projects were mentioned. Harker Street and Main – southwest corner Touby Run Bridge – both sides 5th and Main - northwest and southwest corners Some areas need improvement or clean up. Scrub trees need to be removed at the BP station. Dan Jacobs will give us an estimate for the building removal at 5th and Main. The County Garage needs to be painted and improved. They have applied for an ODOT enhancement grant, which probably won’t be available for several years. Paint side of building and remove or improve old billboard at Harker Street. The murals on some buildings downtown are looking worn. Street Trees Ryan Domka announced that the stakes on the new trees will stay for a while then come down. He will monitor the need for watering the trees and inform Angelo so the city can help with watering if needed. Social Event The event is scheduled for June 28 in conjunction with the last Friday concert. It is hoped to use golf carts and have tours of some buildings. Planning will begin soon. Announcements The Beautification Sector on the RCDG website needs to be updated. The last minutes that were posted for the Beautification Sector were August 2011, and no other information or references are available. Since that time, the overall Beautification Sector has evolved into other specific beautification sectors such as Bellville and Shelby Beautification, North Main Street Beautification, and Central Park Project. Instant Actions Jeanne will try to schedule the Landscape Committee meeting for February. Doug will push to get the County Garage painted. Doug will contact Mr. Goldman to ask about possible solutions for the Harker Street corner building, billboard, and landscaping. Doug will investigate the status of the repainting of the murals downtown. What happened to the OSU grant to repaint the murals such as the train?
Next meeting will be Thursday, February 14 at 9 a.m. at Mt. Calvary Church Fellowship Hall.

North Main Street Beautification Minutes January 10, 2013      

Doug Versaw passed out agendas and minutes and opened the meeting for the five attending at Mt. Calvary. He then led the discussion.   RCDG   The application for an RCDG grant has been sent to Richland Foundation for 2013.  Last year our portion of the sector grant helped to pay for the signs at Longview and Main, and to supplement our fund raising efforts for the street trees.  We have $6500 in our fund for future projects.   Trees at the Route 30 Interchange   Doug talked with John Taylor from “Move It” tree service who will charge $125 per tree for moving and planting; and also with Rob Heyde from Blackfork Tree Farm who is donating the trees.  Ryan and Doug marked the area for 14 trees (conifers and hardwoods) on the high ridge nearest to route 30.  One tree will be used elsewhere, possibly at Harker.  “Move It” would like to wait until the ground freezes to enable them to get their equipment in without getting stuck.  The area has drainage with a ditch around it in which water is standing.  A drive entrance will be prepared for the truck entrance.  John Yoha observed the situation. Angelo is aware of the problem.   Service Club Signs   Angelo announced that they are still waiting for service club emblems.  The City wants to have everything finished before they put up the signs.   Landscaping Committee   Plans can proceed to landscape the areas such as Harker Street and Main and 5th and Main.  A meeting is needed soon.   Social Event   The social event is scheduled for June 28th.  Bands will start at 7 and 9 p.m.  Tours will be planned for 4-7 p.m. The Temple Court area nearest Diamond will be the base for Main Street events, information, and pictures of our successes.  A committee is needed to plan the event.       Future Projects and Visions               -Landscape the interchange.               -Landscape Harker and Main northwest corner.               -Tear down building at 5th and Main and landscape the area.               -Possible arches with “Welcome to Mansfield”.   NECIC   National Day of Service will be held on May 4, 2013.  There will be promotion to encourage families and kids to do community service projects on this “Join Hands Day”.   Instant Actions               -Doug will contact Dan Jacobs for cost to take down the building at 5th and Main.               -Angelo will check with John Yoha to get aggregate at the interchange for truck access for tree planting.               -Angelo will have someone contact Tridico to determine the status of the sweep for the Service Club signs.               - Jeanne will schedule a Landscaping Committee meeting soon to start plans for landscaping some areas.               -We will begin asking for volunteers for planning the social event in June.  

Next Meeting is January 31 at 9 a.m. at Mt Calvary Fellowship Hall.    

North Main Street Beautification Minutes December 13, 2012  

Seven people gathered at Mt. Calvary with Doug Versaw passing out agendas and minutes and conducting the meeting. Street Trees: Ryan Domka, of Pacific Impressions, attended and announced that all the street trees have been planted by his company.  We should see blooms along the corridor this spring. Trees at the entrance/exit ramp at Route 30:   -Move It Company will move the trees after the locations are marked and when the weather cooperates. The project is on hold for now. The contact person is John Taylor at 567-224-3596.   -Doug reported that he talked with John Gordon at BP (Englefield Oil) about the brush removal in the ditch in front of the station.  The car wash will not be torn down because there might be plans for the future. Doug met with Dan Jacobs, who will give a quote for installing a tile in the ditch, removing the brush and small trees, filling in the ditch and planting grass. Service Club Signs:   -Angelo announced that Kim Hildreth is dealing with the service clubs and will follow through with new emblems for the new signs.   -Any donations toward the signs can be made to RCDG, specifying “service club signs”. Bike Trail Beautification and Safety: Paul Bender started discussion, and Norbert Pikert agreed, about the need for beautification and increased safety of the bike trail. All the center bollards should be removed at the intersections. Some of them have already been removed and others will come down soon.  NECIC Citizens Action Committee:   -Landscaping should be done at the corner of Harker and Main.   -The Grainery is trying to buy properties from Lily Street to Longview and use Longview as its main exit.   - There is a major dusting problem from the Grainery which needs to be solved.   - There will be clean up soon of the Westinghouse Property.   -Doug reconfirmed that Dan Jacobs will remove the old foundation at Orchard.   History and Preservation: There are many historical buildings along the corridor near North Main which should be preserved and maintained as historical buildings.  An example is The Old Rail Station off North Mulberry, owned by Ashland Railway. Social Event: The social event for North Main Street and Downtown is on the calendar for the last Friday in June. Instant Actions:   -Doug will work with Ryan to mark the location of new trees at the interchange at Route 30.   -Ryan will check with other tree movers.   -We need to identify some buildings and how to stabilize them for historical preservation.   Next Meeting: Due to the holidays, the December27th meeting is cancelled. 

The next meeting will be Thursday, January 10th at 9 a.m. at Mt. Calvary Fellowship Hall.          

North Main Street Beautification Minutes November 29, 2012  

After greetings and distribution of agendas and minutes to the 5 attending at Mt. Calvary, Doug Versaw opened the meeting and led the discussion. Gateway Sign: Good publicity was provided for the unveiling of the new Gateway Sign at Longview and Main on November 20th.  A large crowd attended. Tridico has been paid by a grant from RCDG through Richland County Foundation. When more money is raised, more signs could be installed in other parts of the city and county. Street Trees: Pacific Impressions planted 19 crabapples, 36 Ivory Silk Lilacs, 11 Frontier Elms, 11 Red Sunset Maples, and 7 Hornbeams for a total of 84 trees. Including the 3 trees that were planted in the spring, the total trees planted this year along the North Main Street corridor is 87. Trees at the exit/entrance ramp at Route 30: We would like to at least get the 6 donated conifers in yet this winter, but might have to wait till spring. Service Club Signs: Tridico can make the sweep and “M” for $250 each.  The city is making the signs and the service clubs will provide the emblems which can be attached after the signs are installed if necessary. North Main Street Tour/ Social Event: Tentative plans are to have a tour from 4-7 in conjunction with the last Friday Concert in June. Other Discussion, Announcements, and Visions: Grant Milliron has been responsible for getting a new curb, fill dirt, and landscaping at the area across from Harker Street. We owe him a big thank you. Certain areas along North Main need to be reseeded with grass. The BP station has a car wash which is closed and unsightly and has scrub trees growing in the area. Manager John Gordon should be contacted for removal or cleanup. City Engineer Jim DeSanto should be contacted for sign ordinance for other signs. Some other areas of North Main Street need to be addressed for cleanup and/or enhancement.    -The building owned by the City at 5th and Main should come down.    -The foundation, scrub trees, and dumped items at Orchard should be removed.    -A pocket park should be planned for areas on North Main such as 5th, the Harker Street corner, and the Orchard Street corner. We need a plan for landscaping at the triangle at the exit/entrance ramp.  Donations are still being accepted for the beautification projects There is a new tenant in the Brass Building. Instant Actions: Doug will check with BP manager, John Gordon, about the status of the car wash. Doug will ask Angelo about the progress of the Service Club signs and any sigh ordinances. Jeanne will check with Angelo and Bridget about who should collect donations for the signs. Jeanne will talk with Jennette Chatlin and others about planting requirements of hardwoods. Sam Dunn will contact NECIC about the possibility of Master Gardeners helping with a landscape plan and implementation of certain areas in their district. Next Meeting: December 13 at 9 a.m. at Mt. Calvary Fellowship Hall.      

North Main Street Beautification Minutes November 15, 2012

Doug Versaw made introductions and passed out agendas and minutes to 5 in attendance at Mt. Calvary Fellowship Hall. New bridge over the Rocky Fork:  The cost for the bridge design we like would be about $75,000. The enhancements would cost $45,000-$50,000 and the lighting would be $20,000-$25,000. The bad news is that the enhancement funds are not available until after 2017, which means we will not get any dollars from that program.  The map 21 change would take effect in 2012, which excludes decorative lighting as eligible.  At this point, we must forgo the decorative railings and lighting and accept the basic bridge design. Gateway Sign: Tridico will install the sign Saturday preceding the unveiling and cover it.  Press releases will be sent out for the unveiling to be held on Tuesday, November 20 at 10 a.m. Street Trees:  Over 80 trees were planted, staked, and mulched along North Main Street by Ryan Domka and his crew from Pacific Impressions. He has been paid in full. The News Journal featured a nice story with pictures on November 6. After seeing the trees, Englefield (BP station) indicated that they would like another tree. Some existing trees need to be trimmed. Doug suggested that Mid-Ohio Tree might trim them. Trees at the entrance/exit ramp at US 30: Doug and Grant visited Blackfork Tree Farm and determined we could use 5 conifers and a few hardwoods. They also went to look at the area at the exit.  The infield drains into the area we had planned for the row of trees, along the Warren Rupp property. Water stands there so it is not feasible to plant there. The trees will be used instead in the infield circle, which hopefully can be done yet this winter.  In the meantime, the area and also the triangle will be mowed by the city. Service Club Signs:   Jim DeSanto is coordinating the signs with Rotary. The City will put up the signs and the service club emblems can be attached later if necessary. The Sweep “M” Mansfield design from the Gateway Sign will be utilized atop the Service Club Signs. North Main Street Tour and Social Event:  Doug talked with Downtown Mansfield who would like to participate in the event. The tentative date is the last Friday in June in conjunction with the last Friday concert.  Tours could be from 4-7.   Other Announcements: Sam Dunn reported that NECIC Community Action met last night.  The dust from the Grainery has been so bad lately that it makes breathing difficult and creates dust everywhere for the residents in that area.  Grant Milliron had a new curb installed, and grading was done and is ready for landscaping. The cleared lot at the Harker Street corner should eventually have trees and landscaping. VOA would like to help with service projects. Instant Actions: Angelo will have the city clean up leaves at Central Park. Angelo will see to it that the exit/entrance ramp will be mowed. Doug will continue to work on the plans for the trees in the infield at the exit/entrance ramp. Doug will check on the possibility for tree trimming of existing trees on North Main Street. Doug will contact the Chamber about our plans for the Social Event. Sam will talk to Jean Taddie about the Harker Street corner. Next meeting: Thursday, November 29 at 9 a.m. at Mt Calvary Church Fellowship Hall.             North Main Street Minutes November 1, 2012 Doug Versaw welcomed four to Mt. Calvary Fellowship Hall and distributed agendas and minutes. Gateway Sign There is no new information from Tridico, but the signs will go up after the trees are planted. Street Trees Ryan Domka of Pacific Impressions is planning to plant the street trees the week of November 5th.  Delivery of the trees will be to a staging area at the vacant city property lot.Bridget reported that Pacific Impressions has been paid in full, using the grant from RGDG along with funds raised by our sector.  Other donations are expected to be donated to the Beautification Fund.  Social Event The proposed social event for next summer was discussed extensively.  Doug has not yet met with the Chamber. It was suggested that our Sector plan the event with the help of Downtown Mansfield.  The last Friday in June is a possibility, coordinating with the Last Friday Concert. Proposed Bridge Enhancement According to Regional Planning and Jim DeSanto, there are no extra dollars for the 2014 proposed bridge enhancements.  They will be looking for dollars and will be aware of potential sources. Service Club Signs Bridget met with Rotary and there are some questions as to whether or not they will organize the service clubs to provide emblems.  It was suggested that the service club signs should also include the “M” and sweep used on the Gateway Signs. Bridget indicated that RGDG could cover the extra cost. Instant Actions  - Doug will contact Downtown Mansfield and the Chamber about the Social Event.  - Doug will contact Rob Heyde about the status of the possible donation of the conifers and oaks.  - Bridget will follow through with Rotary and Jim DeSanto to determine the progress of the plan for the Service Club Signs.  - Bridget will prepare a press release for the tree planting for North Main Street.  - Bridget will provide an updated financial report for the Beautification and Tree Fund donations.

Next meeting is November 15 at 9 am at Mt. Calvary Fellowship Hall.

North Main Street Beautification Minutes October 18, 2012

Eight people convened at Mt .Calvary Fellowship Hall with Doug Versaw presenting the Agenda. The Gateway Sign will be installed soon and covered until the unveiling ceremony to be announced. Street Trees have been ordered by Pacific Impressions. Green flags have been put in the possible locations for planting.  Most locations are ok, but some will have to be changed.  Holes will be cut in the concrete or asphalt by the city for some of the trees. Tree planting will start the week of October 29th. Trees at the entrance/exit ramp at US 30 are delayed until spring. Grant Milliron talked with Bob Shafer who indicted that a 42” spade is ok to use for a 4”diamenter tree without a ball, and said it would cost $40 per tree to plumb them.  Grant suggested that we plan trees and landscaping for the triangle.  Service Club Signs are progressing.  A question was raised about the possible use of the “M” logo and sweep to tie into the Gateway sign. It would cost extra. The city will supply the basic structure, and the Service clubs are supplying the signs.  Donations will be accepted. Announcements:  -Doug Versaw made a presentation to City Council about our tree project and our accomplishments to date and received their approval and accolades.  -Grant Milliron had the curb installed on the east side of Main across from Harker Street, and will pursue landscaping ideas.  - The bridge design, presented at the last meeting by ODOT and Richland Engineering was reviewed.  -Dan Deville explained some price options for consumers choosing an electric plan. He suggested that everyone research (PUCO) the possibilities before choosing a plan, read the fine print, and stay in Ohio. Social Event/Tour Brief discussion included possible location, food, cost, extra events, sponsors, and whether we should have our own event or something in conjunction with Chamber after Hours. Instant Actions Angelo will check with Kim and Jim about the Service Club Signs and will find out about donations. Doug will prepare a press release about the street tree planting. Doug will contact Ryan about the holes to be cut in the asphalt at the VOA and any others. Doug will contact Rob Hyde about the conifers that might be available for donation. Next Meeting is November 1, 2012 at Mt. Calvary Church at 9 a.m.

North Main Street Beautification Minutes October 4, 2012

Representatives from ODOT and Richland Engineering attended the beautification sector meeting at Mt. Calvary Church Fellowship Hall with 12 people in attendance. Introductions were made.  Doug Versaw welcomed the group and gave a history of his involvement in beautification and how and why the North Main Street Beautification group started. Richland Engineering representative, Angel, gave information on the proposed bridge over the Rocky Fork Creek on Route 13 scheduled to be built in 2014. She distributed informational copies and explained preliminary features, details, lighting, and aesthetic options of the proposed bridge. There is a 200 foot limit for plantings north and south of the bridge. She suggested beautification efforts such as a sign and landscaping after the bridge is finished, to spruce up the approaches to the bridge. Paul Bender asked questions about bike lanes which prompted discussions about possible sidewalks, ramps, and bike lanes on the bridge.   It might be possible to have one bike lane, but the bridge cannot be widened beyond the proposed dimensions. ODOT representatives discussed funding possibilities for the bridge. ODOT will pay for the basic bridge, but there is no funding available for enhancement and aesthetic treatment. Other options were discussed. Federal will pay for 80% and local is responsible for 20%.  Some dollars might be available from other local or area funds. Route 13 will have a 45 day detour during construction. The group voted to use the proposed design like the Adena-Main Street decorative railing.  Lighting options were discussed, and it was decided that to use new poles to match the existing decorative lighting in Downtown Mansfield.   Gateway Signs are almost complete.  Tridico is working with the city for possible dates to install the signs.  The signs will be mounted and covered.  Press releases will be sent for the unveiling which will take place soon with a special ceremony. Street Trees should be ordered next week.  Most of the approvals have been obtained from the North Main Street property owners. Announcements:  Doug Versaw has been appointed by the Mayor to membership on the Shade Tree Commission. Instant Actions The City along with the Service Clubs will continue to work on the new Entranceway Signs. Doug will meet with the Chamber about the North Main Street Tour/Social Event. Contact will be made to correct the unsightly bulbs and lights hanging over Main Street near downtown. Next meeting is October 18, 9 a.m. at Mt. Calvary Church.  

North Main Street Beautification Minutes September 6, 2012  

Eight people, led by Doug Versaw, convened at Mt. Calvary Church Fellowship Hall for the North Main Street Beautification Sector meeting. Gateway Sign  -Todd Tridico reported that the Gateway Sign is built and will be painted soon.  The fire damaged some upper level flooring, but the roof and the building are basically ok.  -Sign Information -There was discussion about the information which should go on the signs. City Ordinance 1339.28 is in place with regulations and fees for Tourist Attraction Directional Signs. A modification has been proposed to include Gateway signs. After a vote, we approved two arrows pointing north and two pointing south to indicate the directions of the Airport, Industrial Park, Downtown, and Carrousel District. These are not considered tourist attractions, but are places or districts for out-of-towners to find their way.  -Sign Installation –The signs should be finished shortly and installed (quietly without a crowd) in early October. We will try to schedule the unveiling and celebration the first week of October and will issue a press release for publicity to announce to the public. The tentative date is Friday, October 5. Trees for Exit/ Entrance ramp at Route 30  -Tree donation - Rob Heyde of Blackfork Tree Farm wants to donate trees, and works with a company from Plymouth, Move It, with a 44” spade, who is willing to move the trees for around $100 each, not including staking. The Shade Tree Commission and some members of the Landscape Committee met to discuss the possible trees. Some expressed concern about using a spade that small to move the larger trees. Rob assured us that they would not move any trees which were too large for the spade.  -Tree types - For availability of 20 trees less than 6”calipers, he has a variety of oak trees (4”), approximately 10 sugar maples (3-4”) and 5 to 10 conifers (4”) for donation.   -Recommendation - Grant Milliron reminded us that there is a row of hardwood trees along the property just behind the available area for our trees. He recommended that conifers be used which would be complementary to those existing trees, would provide year round greenery, and require little maintenance. He also stated that cheapest (or free) is not always best and that plumbing the trees correctly is most important. The required staking with steel stakes could be very difficult and might be unreliable if done by volunteers.  -Tree watering - Angleo Klousiadis said that the city will water the trees after they are planted.     Street Trees  -Over $8000 has been raised towards the trees for North Main Street beautification, and more donations will be accepted. The balance will be covered by the RCDG grant. The fund needs to be increased to help cover the cost of the trees at the exit/entrance ramp and to use for general beautification of other areas of the North Main Street Corridor.  -The Landscape Committee will meet soon to get updates and discuss the best types and specific locations of the proposed conifers at the exit/entrance ramp, and other trees for that whole area. Special New Projects  -Grant would like to see improvement and beautification of the property across from the Goldman building on the east side of Main Street just south of Harker. He suggested that the old railroad ties be removed and replaced with a new curb in compliance with the city code (12” high and 6” deep).  Dan Jacobs has agreed to fill in the area with dirt after the curb is completed.  Grass and /or landscaping could be planted afterwards. An anonymous donor will help with the cost of the project. Other  -The concrete slab at the southwest corner of Orchard and Main needs to be removed and Dan Jacobs has agreed to remove it.  -The parks would like to have trees donated to replace some trees which had to be removed. Service Club Entranceway Signs Work for the signs is in progress, but no new information is available at this time. North Main Street Tour and Social Event The planning meeting with the Chamber will probably be scheduled for some time in October. Instant Actions  -Grant will inquire about the price of trees, between 3”and 6” calipers.  -Jeanne will schedule a Landscape Committee meeting soon. -Todd will finish the Gateway Directional Sign and arrange for installation.   Next Meeting The regularly scheduled meeting in 2 weeks is cancelled. The next meeting will be in 4 weeks - October 4, 2012 at Mt. Calvary.  

North Main Street Beautification August 23, 2012  

The Beautification Sector Meeting was at Mt. Calvary Church with seven people attending and Doug Versaw convening the meeting.  Wayfinding Signs/Gateway Directional Signs Instead of Wayfinding signs, we will now refer to them as Gateway Directional Signs or Gateway Signs. The City passed legislation in 2011 to put up Tourist Attraction Directional signs. (Ordinance 1339.28)  Some businesses, attractions, museums, and others want their signs displayed on those signs.  There is a proposal to clarify and amend that policy to include the Gateway signs. The signs being made for us by Tridico were not affected by the recent fire, as they were in a different location in the metal shop. Street Trees Planting To date, around $8000 has been raised from donations from the general public.  Follow up with some property owners is still needed.  RCDG voted to donate money from a Richland County Foundation grant to help reach the goal. Any excess raised above the money needed for the North Main Street trees will be used to include the trees at the North Main Street Exit/Entrance off Route 30 and other North Main Street Area Beautification.  The time line is to order the trees in September and plant the trees in October or November. Exit/Entrance Ramp at Route 30 Doug, Angelo, and Jeanne, along with some other members of the Shade Tree Commission toured Rob Heyde’s Black Fork Tree Farm on August 20. He has a variety of large oak trees that are approximately 6 calipers. Rob has the name of someone with a large spade to possibly move them.  Grant asked about the possibility of conifers to provide year round greenery. Also discussed was the possibility of using some conifers and possibly wildflowers in the middle island along with future landscaping.  Fence removal would help the looks of the area. Service Club Entranceway Signs Angelo is working with the city about quotes on lumber and lattice work. They are close to a decision about the framework. Rotary is working on new signs from all the service clubs. North Main Street Social Event The meeting with the Chamber about next year’s social event was cancelled and will be rescheduled. We discussed possible dates and events.     Other Discussion and Announcements -The VOA house on North Main Street was removed by Dan Jacobs for one dollar. The area was cleaned up, and grass has been planted.  Grant Milliron requested an in kind receipt for his company’s work with cleanup on the project.  Even though he did the cleanup for one dollar, his cost was $3000. -Grant would like to see enhancement and beautification of the area across from Goldman’s building. His suggestion is to remove the railroad ties, put a curb in front, fill in with top soil, and use landscaping or plant grass. -The Shade Tree Commission’s annual meeting will be October 4 at North Lake Park. The speaker will talk about the use of shade trees to improve the value of property. Instant Actions Doug will continue to work on the proposed changes to the Gateway sign ordinance. We will ask Lee Tassiff of the Convention and Visitors Bureau to rank city tourist destinations for us to consider for future signage. Doug will check with Rob Heyde to ask if he has enough conifers for us to use and also to find out what is the best variety of oaks for salt tolerance. Angelo will check with the city engineers about the removal of the fence at the Entrance/Exit ramp. The wetland area would be left alone. Grant and Angelo will check into the possibility of improving the area across from the Goldman building. Doug will attend the rescheduled Chamber meeting about the social event for next year. Next Meeting is September 6 at Mt. Calvary Fellowship Hall.     North Main Street Beautification Minutes August 9, 2012   Doug Versaw convened the Sector meeting with 6 people attending at Mt. Calvary Fellowship Hall. Wayfinding Sign The wayfinding sign is in the process of being built by Tridico Sign Co., and should be finished soon.  Angelo has been working on the coordination with the City electric department and others. We will plan a publicity push for the installation of the sign. Street Trees Fundraising Fundraising is ongoing.   Around $4000 has come in so far. We will continue to distribute the letter/flyer asking for donations from the general public. Some property owners have donated, some have pledged, and attempts will be made to follow through with others. VOA Building Demolition The empty house owned by the VOA, was torn down Tuesday, August 7.  Thanks to Dan Jacobs who obtained the $30 permit and did the work for one dollar. Also, thanks to Grant Milliron whose company will do the cleanup for one dollar. The lot should be completely clear soon. Rt. 30 Entrance/Exit Ramp Jotika presented finished plans from K.E. McCartney for the 20 trees suggested at the exit on the north side. A visit will be planned soon by some members of the Shade Tree Commission and the beautification sector to the Black Fork Tree Farm to look at possible trees for the exit. Service Club Signs At least four Service Club signs will be refurbished or replaced.  The city will build the frames and the lattice work.  Dave Crawford from Rotary will be in charge of replacing the emblems. North Main Street Tour and Social Event May or June of 2013 would be our preference for a Chamber After Hours Event. A meeting will be held August 15 at the Chamber with Kathy Fox from the Chamber and representatives from Downtown Mansfield and RCDG to discuss possibilities. Locations suggested are Lind Advertising or Temple Court. Announcements -Downtown planters- Pam Siegenthaler reported that the downtown planters, planted in May, are doing well. It was emphasized that, although not too bad, weeds should be addressed when necessary. -County garage – Ed Olson has been in touch with Mr. Beck about building improvement.   Instant Actions Pam Siegenthaler will schedule a follow up meeting in the fall about downtown planters. Doug will attend the meeting at the Chamber on August 15 to discuss the social event. Doug will schedule a visit to the Black Fork Tree Farm. Street tree fundraising will continue.   The next meeting will be August 23, 1012 at 9 a.m. at Mt. Calvary Fellowsh North Main Street Beautification Minutes July 26, 2012   8 people met at Mt. Calvary Church Fellowship Hall with Doug Versaw conducting the meeting.   Agendas and minutes were distributed. Wayfinding Signs–  The first sign is under construction and will be hung on an existing city pole at Main Street and Longview. Half the money has been sent to Tridico as a down payment.  The other half will be paid later.  The city will work with Tridico as to when and how the signs will be hung. Street Tree Fundraising – -A letter was mailed recently to a select list of businesses and Mansfield residents.  -There was an article in News Journal on Monday, July 16 about our project, titled “Beautification effort needs donors”.  Some money has begun to come in.  -The letter/flyer was distributed to use to solicit funds from the general public.     VOA- Asbestos abatement has been finished.  Jacobs Excavating prefers to do the demolition in the rain, but plans to take the house down soon. Entrance/Exit Ramp at Route 30- Blackfork Tree Farm, which is on Ganges Five Point Rd. between 96 and Shiloh, donated trees to Shelby for their beautification, and may be interested in donating trees to us.  Owner Rob Heyde wants to meet with a group from beautification and the Shade Tree Commission to tour his farm.    Service Club Entranceway Signs- Signs at the entranceway to the city are run down and faded.   Service clubs have been contacted and asked to contribute emblems for new signs. Frames could possibly be built by the city.  At least 4 signs need to be replaced. North Main Street Tour & Social Event- Chamber Business after Hours is booked this year.  Next summer would be our choice.  John Siegenthaler volunteered Lind Advertising as a possible place for the event.   Instant Actions- -Angelo will contact Tridico for the process how to get on pole and coordinate with the city. -Jeanne will contact Ryan to find out the time line for ordering trees.  -Follow up contacts will continue with North Main Street Property Owners. -John Siegentahler will talk with Beck about possibly painting the County Garage. -Doug will contact the County Commissioners about how to encourage Beck to improve the building.   Next meeting: 9 am on August 9, 2012 at Mt Calvary Fellowship Hall.   North Main Street Beautification Minutes July 12, 2012 Doug Versaw welcomed 8 members at Mt. Calvary for the meeting. There was discussion about ways to increase attendance at sector meetings.  There are now 16 sectors including some new ones. Bridget will continue to speak at gatherings to spur interest. Wayfinding signs- Tridico has invoiced RCDG for the signs, and funding has been approved. A check for $7800 will be sent soon and the signs should be installed within about 4 weeks. Press releases will be sent, so there should be adequate publicity. Trees- Rob Heyde, of Blackfork Tree Farm, contacted Doug with interest in possibly donating trees for use in North Main Street Beautification.  He has donated trees to Shelby for their beautification project. Doug and some volunteers plan to visit his farm and investigate if he might donate trees for our use at the route 30 exit. Downtown Event and Open House- The Chamber schedule is booked for the rest of this year, but we are on the list for May or June next year.  The entire corridor will be invited to participate, but we need to find someone to financially sponsor the event for probably 50-100 people. We could possibly use golf carts and carriage rides for transportation. Landscaping Committee- The committee will continue contacts of property owners. The general public will now be asked for funding help. Letters are being prepared and will be sent to select companies and individuals soliciting funds for the trees for North Main Street. A check for $500 has been received from John Siegenthaler. Some other property owners have been invoiced.  Moritz Trailers cannot contribute this year, but will likely donate next year.  Announcements-  -The unsightly railroad poles were finally removed recently.  North Main Street’s appearance is now greatly improved. A special thank you goes to Doug Versaw for his hard work and persistence for over a year, and coordination with the city, Norfolk and Southern, and Ashland Railway.   -Asbestos has finally been removed from the VOA building.  Dan Jacobs will obtain a $30 permit, and tear down the house for $1.  Milliron will remove the debris for $1.  We appreciate their contributions.  - There are some empty buildings downtown.  Key Bank building will soon be empty. Two Cousins’ Pizza, from Lexington, has expanded into the previously empty old Brunches building next to Relax. They invested $17,000 just in remodeling to meet new codes requirements.   Instant Actions-  - RCDG office will prepare and mail the letters asking for tree donations.  Doug and Jeanne will sign them.  -Landscaping contact committee will continue calls on property owners.  -Doug will prepare press releases for tree donations.  - Doug will investigate the possibility of visiting Blackfork Tree Farm.   Next Meeting- Thursday, July 26 at 9am at Mt. Calvary Church. North Main Street Beautification Minutes June 14, 2012 The north Main Street Beautification meeting was at Mt. Calvary Church with Convener Doug Versaw welcoming five participants. Agenda and minutes were distributed. Wayfinding Signage - Engineer, Bob Kerst has approved the Tridico plans for the signs, and City Engineer, Jim DeSanto should approve them by the end of next week. -The grant for $7800 for the signs has been approved by RCDG committee. We will pay 50% down to Tridico to start the installation. The city will install the signs at the corner of Longview and North Main Street. Route 30 Entrance/Exit ramp -Doug contacted Bird Houk to request their input about the possible trees to be eventually planted at the exit ramp and to request information about funding. They responded that "these 20 trees need to be urban tolerant, especially of questionable soil, road salts and pollution, and adaptable to both drought and wet conditions." They suggested that they should be quick growing, develop into large canopy type trees and make a statement. They suggested Pin Oak or Patriot Elm. Some of the Landscape committee do not approve of the Pin Oak for this situation, so more research will be done. -Rob Hyde, of Blackfork Tree Farm on Route 13 North, contacted Doug to offer to possibly donate some trees. Could they donate trees for the Route 30 entrance exit ramp? They donated trees to the city of Shelby. Street Trees and Landscaping -Doug and Jeanne have prepared a letter/flyer/form to give out to the general public for solicitation of funds towards the North Main Street Tree Project. -Copies were distributed to the beautification sector and will be distributed to others to help with fund raising. -We are trying to help create a better image for the North Main Street Corridor. -Some property owners have been contacted and some money has been pledged. Announcements -The Fun in the Parks Program has started, but needs publicity. -VOA has contracted for the asbestos abatement for the house to be torn down, and Jacobs Excavating and Milliron Industries have committed to tear down and haul away. -Two Way Streets will not happen this year because more research is needed. - The Social event and North Main Street Tour will have to be free standing or wait until next year after the trees are planted on North Main Street. Chamber After Hours events are booked for the rest of the year. -The City of Mansfield’s Foundry remediation is finished and it could be torn down. There is possible interest in the property. - Sanchez might paint the building in front of the Foundry. Instant Actions -Doug will contact VOA for a time frame for abatement and tear down. -Doug will contact Bob Thompson of Ashland Railway for an update about the ugly pole removal   . -The property owners contact committee will continue to set appointments and raise funds. -Solicitation of funds from the general public will start. -Doug will try to get more publicity for our projects. WMFD-TV had information on about our street tree project, but we have yet to see or hear publicity from other media. Next meeting is scheduled for June 28 at 9 am at Mt. Calvary Church. North Main Street Beautification Minutes May 24, 2012   Doug Versaw welcomed six people to Mt. Calvary Church and distributed agendas and minutes. Signage In Todd Tridico’s absence, Doug reported that work is still being done on details for the attachment of the signs to the poles. After all details are worked out, the whole package will go to the city for approval. The request for $7800 has been presented to RCDG whose grant distribution committee is meeting soon and hopefully will approve our request. Street Trees- Landscaping committee A few donations have been received toward the street tree plan, but no progress has been made since the last meeting in contacts or organization. There will be a concentrated effort in the next two weeks to finish the list of contacts for property owners, and try to set up some appointments to meet with them. A letter and form will be available soon to start a community campaign for the general public asking for their support and donations toward the tree fund for the North Main Street project. Entrance/Exit Ramp @ US 30 The Bird Houk plan shows a row of approximately 20 to 30 trees at the exit. We need to determine the exact number of trees, specific types suggested, the size, and approximate tree cost.  Also we need more specifics about locations of where they should be planted, such as distance from the pavement and tree spacing. KE McCartney is helping with this project. Pending further research, the forms will be completed, and given to the city and then to ODOT for approval. North Main Street Tour and Social Event Discussion included: - Downtown Mansfield Inc. does not want to move the place for the last Friday concerts. -Late summer or early fall on a weekend would be best, but Thursday evening might work. -Tours of old buildings went well this spring and could be expanded or repeated. -Could we possibly have a downtown Business after hours at the Brass Building with lobby tours? Announcements -The city did a very nice job with major cleanup at the Rocky Fork, clearing brush and trash and mowing. The cleanup scheduled for June is not needed. -Downtown planters were planted on May 22 by Garden Clubs and volunteers and watered by the city. -Norbert Peiker suggested, as an example of how beautiful and inviting an area can be, that we look at the beautification project that downtown Columbus has completed, Scioto Mile/ Bicentennial Park, on the waterfront near Broad. He recommends the restaurant, Milestone 229, which is there. Instant Actions Doug will contact the Chamber and talk with Cathy Fox about a possible Chamber After Hours event in conjunction with our social event. We will examine possible dates for the event, after reviewing the community schedule. Doug will contact Bird Houk to get their suggested types of trees on the plan. Jotika Shetty will review the suggested trees from the North Main Street Landscaping committee for possible recommendations for the Route 30 exit from that list. Jeanne and Doug will prepare the letter and form for community solicitation for the tree fund for North Main Street. The Landscaping committee will: -try to determine the best tree for the route 30 location and get a ballpark cost for each tree. -continue to call on the property owners for support and donations toward the tree fund. Next meeting is June 7 at 9 am at Mt. Calvary Baptist Church.     North Main Street Beautification Minutes May 10, 2012   Doug Versaw welcomed 8 people for the meeting at Mt. Calvary and presented the agenda and minutes. Signs Todd Tridico gave an update of the way finding signs.  He received the stamp of approval of the drawings from civil engineer Bob Kerst who donated his time for the structural analysis.  He also gave a stamp of approval for other future signs which will be attached to the old light poles.  Todd will finish one more detail for specific attachment to poles. The plans will be submitted to the city engineer’s office for final approval. On May 24th there will be a committee meeting to review our request for the funding of $7800 from RCDG.  Pending approval, Tridico should be able to proceed with the order and finish in 6 weeks. LED light will be attached at the time the signs are installed. Ashland Railway Bob Thompson reported that in 3 weeks the ugly poles should be down.  Norfolk and Southern has relocated the communication wires and Ashland Railway will work with Ohio Edison to schedule removal of the poles. We thank Doug for taking the “before” pictures and contacting N & S to get the ball rolling. Landscaping Committee Trees The next priority will be raising money for the street trees planned along North Main Street. A committee will follow up on the letters that were sent to the Property owners.  A donation of $250 has already been received, and verbal commitments for at least $1000 have been made.  A letter and form will be developed to give to the general public for solicitation of funds.  Rocky Fork Cleanup The city has cut down some trees and overgrown brush and cleared an area along the banks of the Rocky Fork.  VOA has cleared trash in the area from Touby Run to the Rocky Fork.  Thanks to the city and to Grant Milliron for helping with mowing and cleanup. VOA house VOA has received bids from contractors and will soon pick someone to deal with the asbestos issue at the house next door to their apartment building.  Dan Jacobs will tear down the house for $1 and Grant Milliron will haul away the debris for $1. Flood Issues Discussion involved the cost for a study of the flood plain and the millions that would be required to fix the problem.  FEMA dollars or some other grants might be available to help with this.  If some buildings could be torn down, green space could be created with a walking path and landscaping along the creek. Also an addition of a park would be beautiful and practical for that area. Downtown Event The Brass Building was built in 1927, as were many other buildings in downtown Mansfield. We would like to plan an event for a last Friday concert in the area of the Brass Building with tours of some of the buildings on North Main Street, possibly in conjunction with some other event already planned by Downtown Mansfield or NECIC. Instant Actions Doug and Jeanne will develop a letter and form for general public solicitation for the tree fund. Todd Tridico will forward the stamped plans for the sign to the city for final approval. Doug and Sam will check with Downtown Mansfield and NECIC about dates with planned events. Next meeting will be May 24 at Mt. Calvary at 9 am.   North Main Street Beautification Minutes April 26, 2012   13 people gathered at Mt. Calvary Church.  After introductions, convener Doug Versaw opened the meeting and welcomed back Norbert Peiker from his trip to Germany. Landscaping Committee There was discussion about the master map, funding, recognition plaques, line of sight for billboards, signs, etc.  Dan Deville cautioned about overhead wires. A letter and a form of commitment were mailed to property owners, and follow up calls will soon be scheduled.  We would like to apply for RCDG funds now, but it was suggested to wait until we see the response from property owners. The sign funding request is the first priority.  Arbor Day planting is the kickoff for NMS tree planting. Signs The corner at Moritz Trailers has a traffic signal which is city owned and should be appropriate to hold the wayfinding double sign. Jim Desanto said approval has not yet been attained from the Engineering firm which has the drawing and design. They are conducting a Structural analysis study to see if the poles can handle it. Dan Deville indicated the existing power lines can be used for the LED lights. Todd said earlier that the sign could be up in 6 weeks once started. Application has been made to RCDG to ask for the full amount of $7800 for the first sign which is a double sign. Route 30 Trees  Along the exit from the east is the area indicated by the Bird Houk Plan for a row of trees. It was suggested we investigate the types of trees.  Polarais has trees along their exits which look nice. Jim indicated that intersections must be totally visible.   MKC provided an application for requesting approval from the city for the trees.  It would be a city sponsored project, but funds would need to be raised. Instant Actions (long term and short term) VOA will take of the asbestos problem at the house they own which should be taken down. Dan Jacobs said he will tear it down for $1 and Grant Milliron will provide the trash bins. Cleanup is scheduled at the Rocky Fork June 16, from 8-1. Doug will send press release. Can we plan an open house at the Brass Building this summer? Doug will contact Bird Houk about assistance with funding requests for street trees. Doug will call Norfolk and Southern and Ashland Railway for update on communication lines/poles. Next meeting is May 10 at 9 am at Mt. Calvary Church. North Main Street Beautification Minutes for April 12, 2012   Six people met at Mt. Calvary Church with Doug Versaw convening the meeting. Landscaping Committee The large master map of North Main Street with the planned trees was placed so all could review it to see the location and types of trees planned. This map will be shared with the property owners along with individual maps of their area when the committee calls on them. Contact will be made soon with property owners to ask for approval for locating a tree(s) on their property and also financial support. Bridget took the NMS bid recommendation to the RCDG Executive Committee who approved the bid from Pacific Impressions for 86 trees for North Main Street. Josh Maurer, working with the Shade Tree Commission has obtained donations for trees, and plans to plant them at 5th and Main for the Arbor Day celebration April 27. This is part of the overall North Main Street Beautification plan and will serve as a positive example for other areas of North Main Street. Signs –Poles Todd Tridico could not attend but sent pictures of signs with Doug.  Two signs at right angles will be installed on the existing poles at Longview and Main that are holding the street signals.  This will not interfere with the new low Moritz sign, as the way finding signs will be higher.   Old, rusty signs, such as the MADD sign will be removed.  Money has been requested from RCDG to pay for the signs. Entrance/Exit Ramp at Route 30 A map of the Route 30 North Main Street exit/entrance ramp map was also spread out and reviewed.  For a start, we would like to proceed soon with planning the row of trees shown along the exit. Ashland Railroad For rail road cleanup, Bob Thompson reported that he only has $30,000 and has 60 crossings to take care of.  NECIC helps clean up along the tracks all summer.  Sam helps and gets volunteers. Norfolk and Southern has indicated they should soon be finished relocating their wires.  By the end of the month, Ashland Railway should be able to take down the ugly poles along North Main Street. Instant Actions  - Ashland Railway will keep in touch with Norfolk and Southern as to progress on the wire relocation, and plan pole removal as soon as possible.                 - The Landscaping Committee will send letters to North Main Street property owners explaining the plan for street trees and then schedule appointments to call on them. -  Continue area clean ups.  -Rich Haas is planning ongoing care of the Touby Run area.  He plans to remove brush and weeds and clean up the side of the banks.   - Rocky Fork cleanup will probably be scheduled for June. Next Meeting: 9 am Thursday April 26 at Mt. Calvary Baptist Church North Main Street Beautification Minutes for March 29, 2012   Mt. Calvary hosted a short meeting of the North Main Street Beautification Sector with seven in attendance. Signage Tod Tridico presented an update about signs. Cost of the sign with lighting is $3800 per panel or $7600 for a two panel sign lit. Since it is to be used on a two way street, attention is needed as to how it looks from the back side. After the last meeting, Doug Versaw and Rich Hass met with Moritz Trailers to investigate locating our signs on the existing light pole on that corner in front of the fence at their business.  Their business is very good and they are thinking of installing a new sign. So the location at Moritz Trailers might be a problem because our sign might block their new sign. Another location or alternative pole must be found.  Doug went to the city to ask about existing poles that might be used on which to install our signs.  Landscaping Committee  The master map was finished and bid specs were prepared by Tom Wade and Jennette Chatlin.  All five landscapers on the committee were invited to bid, and bids were received from four.  Through extensive discussion and comparison, bids were thoroughly review. A committee of John Sieganthaler, Steve Cummins, Doug Versaw, Jeanne Meisse, and Bridget McDaniel, RCDG Director of Community Development, unanimously agreed to recommend the lowest bidder, Pacific Impressions, to the RCDG Executive Board for their approval. Volunteers will start calling on property owners the week after Easter for approval of trees on their property and to ask for a donation.  It was decided to ask everyone for the same amount of $250 per tree to cover costs.  A fund will be set up at Richland Bank for donations and contributions toward trees and future general landscaping. Donations from the general public are welcome and encouraged. Since RCGD is a 501c3, no tax has to be paid for purchasing the trees. And all donations are tax deductible. John expressed concern that trees might possibly block billboards or signs in certain areas. Property and Building Maintenance It is important for owners to maintain their properties, with weeding and mowing.  Also building maintenance, painting or demolition of buildings is encouraged.  Codes and permits will be encouraged to crack down on property owners who do not keep their property up to standards. Many buildings could be repainted such as Creamers and the County Garage. And others need to be torn down. Route 30 Exit/Entrance Ramp Trees KE McCartney provided a drawing of the area which shows a row of trees 30 feet from the road.  It also shows the designated wetlands areas. We could get estimates and possibly find someone to volunteer to help plan and plant trees there. Announcements On a recent Saturday, Doug Versaw, with the help of five hard working VOA volunteers, cleared an area near the Foundry. The next will be clean up at Rocky Fork. Instant Actions   --Todd Tridico will continue with sign preparation and plans, and research the looks of the back of the signs with the designer.  --Bridget will take the tree bid recommendation to RCDG for final approval.  --John Sieganthaler will contact the City Garage to encourage painting the building.   --Doug will schedule a cleanup at Rocky Fork.   --Jeanne and the Landscaping Committee will develop a plan for calling on Property Owners.     Next meeting is April 12 at 9 am at Mt. Calvary Church. North Main Street Beautification Minutes for March 15, 2012   9 people met at Mt. Calvary for North Main Street Beautification meeting, convened by Doug Versaw. Sign Presentation Todd Tridico presented the information about the sign proposals.   -Size, Cost, and Lighting. The signs are 5 feet x 5 feet panels, to be used individually, or two in combination at right angles for visibility from two directions.  They will be mesh, non-rusting, aluminum for wind load.  Lettering would be white 5 inch letters on the blue background. The cost for 5 x 5 feet would be $3250 per panel, or $6500 for two.  Lighting can be done with LED lights to show beneath the cut out stars on the arch, and would only cost about $2 per month to operate, and be attractive at night. Electric lines and accessibility need to be determined and concrete foundation planned. Sizes can be scaled down when closer to the downtown area.   -Engineering.  Todd’s drawings will be studied by certified engineers for stamp approval.   -Poles.  The old existing streetscape poles are structurally in good condition and would only need some wire brushing and black paint which could be done by volunteers. New ones will cost $650 each.    -Foundation. Moritz Concrete will be contacted for their help with concrete foundation after the city drills the holes.  -Time frame. Once started, their work should be finished in about 6 weeks. Signs would need building permits and be approved by both the city and the county.  Doug will ask for a waiver of costs. Funding  Doug is working on getting some money.  Some money might be available through the city.  There is some foundation money available for sectors of RCDG.  A proposal must be presented to the committee for approval. It might be necessary to raise additional funds. Landscaping Committee Jeanne announced that a meeting is scheduled at 11:30 today the 15th.  Sections of North Main Street were assigned to different Landscapers for planning, which is being transferred to a master map of the entire area.  The final recommended trees will be planted throughout the area to complement the existing plantings. The committee will work on finishing master map of the proposed trees for the North Main Street corridor and should be finished today.  It will be then submitted to the Engineer’s office for final approval.  The Shade Tree Commission will meet on Monday the 19th.  At that time they should approve the plan. Then bids will be taken and property owners will be contacted. Route 30 Exit/Entrance Ramps KE McCartney did the engineering when the interchange was improved a few years ago. They probably can give us a plan for trees at that area and also deal with wetlands.  Grant Milliron will be consulted about wetlands. Ashland Rail Norfolk and Southern is in the process of relocating the lines. They are still hot.  Poles will be removed after the line relocation is finished. Downtown Planters Pam Siegenthaler met with and the Mayor, Jim DeSanto, Angelo Klousiadis and other Downtown Mansfield representatives.  Letters have been sent to Garden Clubs and volunteers to solicit funds and volunteers to plant the planters.  Justin Marotta has designed the planters and will provide healthy, good quality plants and deliver the plants.  This year will be red dragon wing Begonia, chartreuse sweet potato vine, a white flower, and coleus.  The city will prepare and fertilize the pots and will water with the help of Engweiler Properties. Planting date will be Tuesday May 22. Workers are needed to weed the planters, and be able to identify the weeds that need to be removed.  Pam will call the court system to see if volunteers might be available to help with the planters. Instant Actions -Doug will check with the city to see if they can dig holes and run electric from the box that is nearby. The foundation needs to be concreted for which we will deal with Moritz concrete. -Doug will meet with Moritz Trailers at 2 pm, March 15 to check the locations of the lines. -Rich Haas volunteered to keep the Touby’s Run area cleared and cleaned up. He has the equipment, ability, and expertise to accomplish that. Next meeting is March 29 at 9 am at Mt. Calvary.       North Main Street Minutes for February 23, 2012 Mt. Calvary Church was the meeting place for 11 who attended the beautification meeting. Convener, Doug Versaw welcomed everyone, including new attendee Lee Tasseff. Dalton Derr announced that a couple (Breck and Suzie) are interested in planting a Community Garden in Sterkel Park. Rain collection will be used to help water the garden. Route 30 Exit/Entrance Ramp  The city changed the interchange a few years ago and the basic survey data should be available, showing delineated wetlands in the basic plan. A roadway engineer such as KE McCartney or Richland Engineering could work with a local approved Landscaper for designs and planting details and with Grant Milliron for wetland management.  Basic safety features must be included.  Then tree and plant recommendations should be submitted to ODOT for approval. Jim DeSanto emailed to Doug an approved list of consultants and suggested that Bird Houk might be considered. Signage Pictures of the design for the proposed sign were passed around.  The committee of Matt Stanfield, Dalton Derr and Todd Tridico has worked on developing the proposal.  Discussion included: -Visibility -2 ways at right angles, four inch letters. - Way finding directional signs, not commercial enterprises.  -Guidelines for sign content- Establish criteria and determine types of entities to be approved, such as public owned, city attractions, non-commercial, nonprofit, etc.  -Consistent appearance. - Material -Aluminum with holes in it for reduced wind load to attach to street scape poles.  -Poles – Use old streetscape poles which need refurbished or purchase new poles? Consider height, weight and wind load.  -Engineering for poles –The base foundation must be engineered by a structural engineer. -Pole installation -Who will install poles?  Get city approval for location. A proposal should be presented to the city, with the plan drawn up, with engineering preparation for the structure.  City could accept funds to put in and maintain it, or license a group to do it.  - Identify gateway locations (possibly 8 or 9 eventually).  –ODOT sign criteria - Ohio logos program - Create mini logo with criteria?     -Clutter -Identify signs that are cluttered or cause a cluttered look in an area. Look at existing signs that are up illegally and possibly remove. Photos would help determine which should be removed or replaced. -Sign Compliance - Make sure signs are in compliance with the existing program. The Holiday Inn signs have been approved and will go up soon in several places. - Dollars might be available to help pay for the first sign. Landscaping Committee The committee has decided on trees to recommend based on size and suitability to specific locations. Engineer’s office will call OOPs to locate and mark gas, utility, and water lines so that the committee can plan locations for new trees. Planting on private property vs. right of way would be best, so as not to interfere with sidewalks, potential street widening or maintenance. Norfolk and Southern contacted Doug for the reason the poles need to be removed. He took pictures and emailed them to show how unsightly the poles are. Removal would definitely enhance the area. Instant Action -Jim DeSanto will email Todd the name of the poles that the city used for the new street scape and cost. -Todd will get cost estimate to set poles. - Doug will work with Richland Engineering and KE McCartney and get ODOT approval.  -Ask Grant about the wetlands.   Next meeting is March 8 at 9 am at Mt. Calvary Church.   North Main Street Minutes February 9, 2012 13 people were present at Mt. Calvary Church. Murals painting Doug welcomed Chelsie Taylor, Symphony Operations and Education Manager of the Renaissance, who is convener of the Arts and Culture Sector. The group plans to repaint existing murals and restore where necessary. Also, more murals might be added. They plan a partnership with OSU students and possibly others. They expect a donation from Rotary, but ask for connections to other organizations for donations which are greatly needed. After some recent publicity, Home Depot called and volunteered to donate. Arts and Culture Sector also plans to work with the parks and incorporate art and education in the summer program. The murals on the silos are on hold. Gog Meisse is busy with other activities and would like someone else to head the project. Announcements Doug introduced new guest, Dan Jacobs from Jacobs Excavating, who has done the excavating at Harker and Main. He was thanked for his generosity and help with improvement of North Main Street and the area. The foundation at Orchard and Main will be removed, probably within the next two weeks. He will donate top soil and deliver and prepare the site for planting. Brenda Phillips, of the O.C. Hill Center, will collaborate with planting trees and landscaping. She can provide volunteers and kids to help with community projects. They are willing to work, but would need supervision by professionals. Signage The sign committee consists of Matt Stanfield and Dalton Derr with help from Tod Tridico and Doug Versaw. Matt presented a proposed a sign design. There was thorough discussion about the signs, design, logo, location, etc. The first Way finding sign will be located at the southwest corner of Main and Longview. Cost will be approximately $2500-4500. They hope to have a final design in about two weeks. Rocky Fork Bridge ODOT is seeking bids for the enhancement of the bridge over the Rocky Fork. Bid specs need to be developed, and find qualified candidates to do the design and engineering of the railings, etc. Route 30 Exit/Entrance Ramp We would like to implement some plantings at the entrance/exit ramps, knowing that it would have to be in stages. We need a landscape engineer to develop a plan. It is unlikely that we can raise the $800,000 for the entire project now. Maybe the Master Gardeners, along with other volunteers, could help. Also, it might be possible to tie in the "m" from the Way finding signs. SWIF Jotika Shetty explained that the Ohio EPA has grant funding available for "water gardens" and other water parks. These are Surface Water Improvement Fund (SWIF) funds to build rain gardens in high visibility areas. It could be used as an educational tool. There is an April 30 deadline, but we could apply. These "rain gardens" could help with rain water runoff. Landscaping Committee Street trees recommended by various members of the committee have been tallied, with the Summer Lilac being almost unanimous. Members have been asked to narrow their selections by categories of large, small, and columnar. These results will be discussed so that 2 to 3 trees from each group can be recommended. The next meeting should narrow the selections so that final recommendations can be made soon. Rails Rails at the Harker and Main plot cannot be removed. Dan Cleland reported that the rails must be left on the property and landscaping be done around them. If the railway area is cleaned up, cleared of brush, or landscaped in any way, it must be done according to Federal Standards. In March something should be known about the progress with signal rerouting by Norfolk and Southern, in order to remove the unsightly Ashland Railway communication poles. Instant Actions Doug will find approved landscape engineers to develop a plan at Route 30. Doug will arrange a date and work crews for a cleanup at the Rocky Fork Bridge. Doug will ask Moritz Trailers about locating a sign on their property. Sam will find out who owns the property on the south side of Creamer’s and the two story house. Landscaping committee will continue with landscaping plans for North Main Street. Matt and sign committee will finalize plans for the sign design. Next meeting is Thursday, February 23 at 9am at Mt. Calvary Church.     North Main Street Minutes January 26, 2012 Mt. Calvary hosted 9 people for the meeting of North Main Street Beautification. Minutes were reviewed, and instant actions from last meeting were discussed. Signage Tridico has been out of touch since December.  Signage at this point is on hold.  We discussed having community involvement through a contest. But since time and volunteer shortage are factors, a contest would delay our actions.  We hope to have something decided shortly.   Once we have a plan, we would like to have some publicity to show progress.  Before a sign can be approved, consultation is necessary with the historic preservation committee, street department, and city council.   We must determine exactly what locations and kinds of signs are needed.  Then, content and criteria must be determined, with standardization and coordination with existing signage and fonts. Angelo Klousiadis stated that it does not have to be the same lettering, but should complement and blend in with existing letters and fonts in the Carrousel district and downtown. Way-finding signs in right of way areas would be the first priority. In 1983 the Mansfield flag was designed with an M on it. The “M” on the flag could be used.  But the consensus was that a new “M” might be more interesting. In determining an “inventory” of Mansfield City Logos and Seals, several past and existing logos were mentioned: “Stockades to Satellites” from 1958, “Proud Past and Promising Future”, “Reason for All Seasons”, “Fun Center of Ohio”, 2008 Block House, current city seal, carrousel horse. A subcommittee will be formed to research and evaluate signage.  Matt Stanfield and Dalton Derr volunteered to serve on this committee.  Route 30 - Main Street Exit/Entrance It was suggested by Michael that we hire a landscape engineer to plan the specifics from the Bird Houk $800,000 design.  We must get permission from ODOT, address the wetlands issues, and get EPA approval, in addition to the city and engineer’s approval.  Then divide the plan in phases, get started on planting something this year, and then plant more in the future when feasible. Funds would be needed. Announcements Don Cleland of Ashland Railway reported that Norfolk and Southern are still working to re- route the signals for eventual pole removal.  Ohio Edison will have to de-energize the wires before pole removal. The cost for that will be $1750 per hour, and should take less than 2 hours. Dan Jacobs is working with Paul Goldman to remove the trees behind the lot at Harker Street and Main because that area is used for dumping. Sector Involvement: Brigitte has contacted Connections and Leadership Unlimited classes.  Seven out of twenty are already involved in Sectors. In asset based community action, volunteers could go to neighborhoods, knock on doors and ask for leaders to head cleanup projects in their neighborhoods and become involved in the community. Landscaping Committee The committee met January 20.  The assigned areas of North Main Street were reviewed, and one rendering from Fourth Street to Sixth Street was presented by Jenette Chatlin. Other renderings have been finished or are in progress, and will be shared soon. Then, after approval by the City Engineer’s office, the plans will be presented to the property owners.  After the committee’s discussion about trees, the consensus was that the Ivory Silk Lilac will probably be one of the trees recommended for the “street trees” for North Main.  A survey will be done soon with the committee members to determine other trees for consideration in specific categories. Instant Actions: Angelo will contact City Engineer, Jim Desanto for:                                 An overall plan for the off/on ramps at route 30 Estimates of cost of design and trees                                 A list of potential people qualified to do the work Angelo will check to see if there is an inventory map of North Main Street available for use by the landscaping committee. Landscaping committee will continue plans for North Main Street and tree recommendations. Doug will contact Tridico for the status of signs. Doug will work on a plan of possible activities and projects to present to St. Peter’s students. Doug will contact Ohio Edison later this spring to de- energize the wires before the poles can be removed.  Next meeting is Thursday February 9 at 9 am at Mt. Calvary Church.     North Main Street Minutes for January 12, 2012     Mt.CalvaryChurchhosted 11 for the meeting. After introductions, Convener Doug Versaw mentioned the book “Everyone Leads” which emphasizes that every person needs to lead, from the community up. For asset based community development, we need to recognize and mobilize all of a community’s assets, connecting across cultures, facilitating collaborative action, continuously learning and improving and be accountable to ourselves and others.   Need for Community Involvement Grant Milliron stated that more of the community needs to be engaged, especially younger groups. The goal (and challenge) is how to get more people involved in the RCDG Sectors.  Possible areas of the community to approach are: -  Connections ofRichlandFoundation. -  Leadership Unlimited. -  Schools. Doug will soon meet with St. Peter’s students to encourage community involvement and present immediate projects and involvement ideas.  Each student needs 40 hours of service to the community.  Key Clubs in other schools also need service hours. It helps when kids see gratification from hard work.   Announcements -  Visions and assets are listed on the website. These should be revisited soon. -  NECIC Financial Literacy Program.  -  Sam told about a program in their neighborhood which teaches financial literacy to kids and adults and uses real life experiences to teach core values. Examples are: attending the Sheriff’s sales and learning to renovate homes, etc. They are trying to tap volunteer assets, such as kids at Pioneer, Senior High and some Labor Union members who are unemployed. -  A big thank you to all the community members who helped with clean ups at Touby’s Run, planting of the island, downtown plantings, financial donations, and other efforts  -  When the bridge at Rocky Fork is replaced, the road cannot be widened. Decorative railings, lampposts, etc. can be used, but must be approved.    -  Town and Country will try to purchase more houses onLily   Street, but there are a few hang-ups with some properties.    Bird Houk Plan  The proposal to landscape the exit/ entrance at the north side of Route 30 is $800,000.    The plan needs to be sponsored by the City.  The City engineer and the Mayor must approve Transportation Enhancement Grants which would probably be $100,000- $150,000 and be about 5 years out. Additional dollars may be available from piggyback tax and state and federal funds. Regional Planning is awarded TEG of $150,000 each year, but it is already approved for use in planned projects through 2017. The question was asked, “For what is it used?”  On January 17th Doug will meet with Regional Planning and submit a request for TE dollars.  Before the next meeting we should know if the City will take it on and where we are for funding. If necessary, we can gradually implement landscaping at the interchange and at different areas throughout the corridor. Gateway Landscaping Program is completed.   Signage -  Signage is on hold. At this point, nothing can proceed, because open competition by the whole community is being considered  – Todd Tridico should soon provide cost estimates, and sign and logo possibilities. Signs would include the Route 30 Bridge and at Main andLongview. - Several pages of possible designs from aLexingtonnative were presented for consideration. -  Dalton Derr brought up the fact that the whole community and schools should submit possible designs through a competition for the signs and logo. Many agreed that the contest could encourage more community involvement and provide extra awareness, publicity, and PR. -  This could be up to a 6 month project.  So our goal of a two week decision to choose something already presented is unrealistic. -  Someone will research the criteria used for the City competition in 2008 for the logo for the Bicentennial. New criteria for the proposed signage will be developed.  When designing the signs, the slope of bridge and many other factors need to be considered.   Landscaping committee A meeting is planned for next week.  Areas ofNorth Main Streetwere assigned, and committee members are working on their presentations for the property owners.  Also, tree recommendations are under consideration for street trees.   Instant Actions -   Doug will meet with St. Peter’s School about community involvement. -   Doug will meet with Todd Tridico to get cost estimates and information for signage. -   Doug will contact the City Engineer, Mayor and City Council to determine the status of possible funding from ODOT, and to get information about signage. -   Involve new groups into all sectors. -   Call Bill Sharp to get Leadership Unlimited involved (Bridget). -   Landscaping Committee will meet to discuss plans for property owners and try to recommend street trees. -   Plan contest for signs and determine criteria for new signage. -  Ashland Railway will keep in touch withNorfolkand Southern who is working on engineering to reroute signals so ugly poles can come down.  First Energy is involved with safety issues.  By the end of February all should be complete and poles can be taken down. -    Town and Country will continue to try to purchase more properties. -   Work with Paul Goldman to remove the foundation at the corner ofNorth Mainand Orchard.   Next Meeting is Thursday, January 26, 2012 at 9 am at Mt. Calvary Church.