Mansfield City Council may reconsider vote on ARPA funding for trail

Mansfield City Council may reconsider vote on ARPA funding for trail

Mansfield City Council voted not to approve $500,000 for a project to extend the bike trail to Trimble Road, apparently unaware money was available from two other sources and the issue previously had been discussed.

The vote happened at Wednesday’s meeting. City administrators recommended committing $500,000 in American Rescue Plan Act funding to extend the Richland B&O Trail to Trimble Road at Akron Children’s Hospital.

At-large Councilman Phil Scott suggested pulling the money, noting there were a number of other necessary projects within the city parks system.

At-large Councilwoman Stephanie Zader agreed.

“Taking care of current needs is important,” she said. “I think it (ARPA funding) should be the best use of the money.”

Council voted 8-0 to pull the funding.

State contributing $150K to bike trail extension

In June, state Rep. Marilyn John announced the state would contribute $150,000 to the project. County commissioners also have come up with a way to help.

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