Mansfield receives another round of coronavirus relief funds

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Council approves spending over $845,00

MANSFIELD – After receiving nearly $1.7 million last month in federal money as part of the coronavirus relief bill, the city has gotten a second round of funds. 

Council on Tuesday approved spending over $845,000, most of which will be used for three departments: fire, police and maintenance. 

So far, the city has received $2.5 million as part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act, also known as the CARES Act, which was signed into law in March as the novel coronavirus pandemic prompted governors to shut down aspects of the economy. 

Mayor Tim Theaker said some communities haven’t been able to spend their funds, which are distributed by the state, and Mansfield could get $1.6 million more.

The money can be spent only on COVID-19-related expenses, and must be used before Dec. 28. 

“We’re documenting every single request to make sure that we are in compliance,” Theaker said, adding that departments of law and finance signed off on the latest list. 

More: Mansfield City Council approves spending nearly $1.7 million in relief funds

Here’s how this round of funding will be doled out:

• $285,117 for the fire department, which will spend $246,477 on a “5-power load and cot system.” 

“It potentially eliminates a lot of back injuries, plus it eliminates the need for people to be up close to patients while we’re loading, which is normally a 2-4 person operation,” Mansfield Fire Chief Steve Strickling said.

• $247,380 for maintenance, $193,296 of which will be used for digital controls for the municipal building’s HVAC system.

• $178,586 for the police department, $66,803 of which will be used for a self-cleaning cruiser that can neutralize the coronavirus should someone suspected of being infected with it be transported. The city bought three such cruisers in the last round of relief funds.

“When the shift is over, or when they feel that there was a COVID transport, they can turn the equipment on,” Theaker has said. “It heats the inside of the car up to 133 degrees for 15 minutes, and that, based on research, kills the COVID virus.”

The city had planned to buy a self-cleaning ambulance, but it can’t be delivered before the end of the year.

• Other departments plan to use the relief money for cleaning supplies, Plexiglas dividers, flat-screen TVs (for remote training), touchless drinking fountains and chairs that are easier to clean.

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