Rev. Dr. Derek J. Williams, Pastor of Mount Calvary Baptist Church, is hosting a Town Hall meeting focusing on Public Safety and the 2015 Safety Levy Renewal. Representatives from the Fire and Police department and city officials will be on hand. The town hall takes place on Thursday April 2, 2015, 5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. in the Robinson Fellowship Hall 343 North Main Street Mansfield Ohio 44902. All are welcomed to attend.
Members of the Mansfield Airport Commission met on Thursday to discuss airport operations and projects as well as planning for the 6th annual Mansfield Airport Day.
Commission members expressed excitement for the upcoming Airport Day celebration,
“There will be activities for the entire community” said Airport Day Committee Chairman William Schmidt.
Airport Day will focus this year on bringing attention to the numerous aviation opportunities at Lahm Airport; particularly the 179th Air Guard. Also showcased are SWAT, the Ohio Special Response group, Mansfield Fire & EMT, Red Cross, 200th Red Horse Squadron, Police Explorers, Area Aviation Clubs, Civil Air Patrol, OSU Flight Training, Med Flight and other air & Safety groups.
Mansfield City Councilman At-Large and Chairman of the Mansfield Airport Committee, Don Bryant, expressed his support for commission projects.
“July 4th in Mansfield will move forward with a family fun celebration and I am pleased with the development of Mansfield’s Airport Day.”
“As the youngest City Councilman At-Large in this city’s history, I am presented with a unique opportunity to represent a voice and perspective that has been fighting for a seat at the table for a while now. This voice is that of my generation, the Millennials. We want to be involved in the planning of more activities in Mansfield and more importantly, activities that represent our interests. I think Mansfield Airport Day is great for families. Young people are really going to enjoy this.” Bryant stated.
Also discussed at the meeting were upcoming projects and operations.
Present at the Commission meeting was a representative from the Federal Aviation Administration, who discussed the rehabilitation of Runway 5-23 and the demolition of Taxiway ‘Charlie.’
Due to FAA standards, Commission members agreed that Charlie had to go. But, not without some regrets. Members see Charlie as a unique benefit and convenience for pilots. Charlie provides extra space for maneuvering and taxying aircrafts once they land.
City Council recently approved the Runway 5-23 Improvement Project. The total cost to remove Charlie as well as to resurface runway 5-23 is around $5,927,453. However, City Engineer and Department Manager, Robert Bianchi, said that his department will fund the majority of the project from grants and from Federal and State dollars. The total local taxpayer dollars that will be spent on this project is approximately $8,605.
18 year-old Ohio State University student, Ryan Gertz has been selected as an intern with Councilman Don Bryant's office in Mansfield. Gertz who is from the Cleveland area, says interning is a great opportunity to learn more about local government and to get an idea of what politics is about.
Councilman Bryant said he selected Gertz because of his enthusiasm and determination to learn about government.
" I am a teacher and to see someone who wants to learn more about their government is very exciting to me. I started as an intern nearly 9-years ago and one of my legislative goals is to help train the next generation of young people to become leaders. We will need them soon enough" Bryant stated.
Gertz is participating in the first-ever Mansfield City Council Internship Program (CCIP). The program is geared to last 8-9 weeks and will provide interns with at least 12-18 hours of real-world experience in local government and exposure to legislative politics.
"This is actually Ryan's third week with me. He usually meets with me 2-hours each week. So far, Ryan has been to several meetings with me and has reviewed two big constituent cases I've been working on. He's already interacted with the Mayor, Law Director, Safety Service Director and most of the city department heads."
Gertz, a business/marketing major; says he's not yet clear on what career he's leaning on.
Whatever career he chooses, he's off to a good start.
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