Mason approves PD ‘ride along’ candidate

By Mindy Kearns - Special to the Register

MASON — The first candidate for the new Mason Police Department ride along program was accepted when members of the town council held their most recent meeting.

Zack Beegle was approved for the program by the council. He will ride with certified officers only, and will not carry a weapon, according to the program guidelines. Mayor Donna Dennis also told council members that the required program waiver had been approved by both the town attorney and the liability insurance agent.

Town supervisor Aaron Woolard told the council the cutting and capping off of old water lines is complete under the water upgrade project. He stated all work left to be completed should not affect water service to customers.

It was noted that many “odds and ends” remain for the contractors to finish. Mayor Dennis told the council that the project will not be complete until an inspection is made and signed off by the town, engineering firm and contractors.

The council agreed to hire a full-time laborer to work in the water and sewer departments. Applications for the minimum wage position will be accepted until March 2. It was agreed to post the job opening at town hall and on social media.

In other action, the council:

Agreed that town workers could not clean or clear ditches on individual property unless it is a town ditch line;

Discussed the possibility of either leasing or purchasing a police vehicle, with more information to be presented at the next meeting;

Agreed to ask local 4-H clubs to stuff and hide plastic eggs for the town Easter egg hunt, set for April 8 at noon;

Heard from Police Chief Rich Gilkey that Walmart donated a GPS to his department;

Discussed the park restrooms, with the mayor to get a quote for blueprints prior to taking bids;

Discussed the need for several properties throughout town to be cleared of trash and debris;

Agreed, following a 25-minute executive session, that there is no “light duty” position available for an injured police officer, with the officer allowed to return to work after being fully released by a doctor;

Donated $100 to the Wahama High School “after prom” party; and,

Changed the municipal court date to the last Thursday of each month at 6 p.m.

Attending were Mayor Dennis, Recorder Ciji Casto, and council members Emily Henry, Becky Pearson, Marty Yeager, and Sharon Kearns.

By Mindy Kearns

Special to the Register

Mindy Kearns is a freelance writer for Ohio Valley Publishing. Reach her at

Mindy Kearns is a freelance writer for Ohio Valley Publishing. Reach her at


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