Road signs, police presence discussed

Agnes Hapka

September 17, 2013

MASON — Hands-free cell phone signs and the level of police presence on the streets were two of the issues at hand at the recent meeting of the Mason Town Council.

Mayor Jerry Tucker opened the meeting. Council members present were as follows: Ralph Ross; Marty Yeager; Emily Henry; recorder Deann Russell. Bob Wing and Shelly Allensworth, council members, were absent. Yeager made a motion to accept the minutes of the last meeting; this morion was seconded by Henry, and passed after a vote. The council also voted to accept bills for payment, with the exception of monumental and colonial life insurance.

Personal appearances were as follows: Robert Fruth; Larry Daniel; Marsha Pearson; Colton McKinney; Patty Allensworth; Donna Vickers; Aaron Woolard; Matt Scott; Michelle Pearson; Becky Pearson; Paul and Lisa Crump; Terry Staats. Both Fruth and McKinney informed council that they are still interested in any full or part time police officer openings.

Daniel stated that he would like to see more officers patrolling the streetas of Mason, and Vickers expressed her agreement, adding that she has concerns about police protection. Staats requested an update on the ditch located by his house on Zuspan Street.

The council discussed the fact that the town needs three estimates for tree trimming on Front Street, and that the West Virginia Department of Highways should to be notified that the hands-free cellphone sign at the end of the bridge is not in plain view to the public.

Under other business, Henry made a motion to set the Fall Harvest Festival date at October 12 rather than October 19. The Council voted to approve the change of dates. Council held the first reading of the Flood Plain Ordinance. Marty Yeager made a motion to accept the reading, and the motion passed after a vote.

Ralph Ross made a motion to create a maintenance position for Matt Scott. Scott’s duties will also include working as needed in water and sewer. Scott will also have an office at the senior citizens building. The council voted and the motion passed.

Next regular council meeting will be held 6:30 p.m.September 19, in the town hall.