Mason looks into new PD cruiser

By Mindy Kearns - Special to the Register

MASON — A new vehicle might be in the future for the Mason Police Department, after council members gave the OK to the chief to seek loan interest rates during their most recent meeting.

Chief Rich Gilkey told the council he would like to purchase a new 2016 Ford Interceptor SUV from Fleet Equipment. Gilkey said the vehicle is fully equipped with the police package, minus the radio, at a cost of $35,385. Council agreed to allow the chief to seek financing in the amount of $37,000 to allow for the addition of the radio.

The chief will be reporting back to the council at the next meeting with the bank rates before a decision is made.

Gilkey also reported that two computers were recently granted to the police department by the Governor’s Highway Safety Program. The computers are valued at $3,090, and will enable officers to issue e-tickets.

Contingency money from the water project was directed to two additional projects, after council members voted to proceed on them. The first, in the amount of $3,500, will provide a required asset assessment to be completed by the project field inspector. The second will be for an inventory of water department parts and equipment in the amount of $5,500.

In other action, the council:

Agreed to consider a second estimate for police car repair, after Chief Gilkey presented one quote;

Increased Patrolman Jonathan Higginbotham’s pay from $8.75 to $10 per hour;

Agreed to accept applications for a cleaning attendant for 8-10 hours per week at $8.75 an hour to clean town hall, following the resignation of Michelle Reed;

Heard a report from the mayor that interviews will be held for the laborer position;

Announced that workers from Lakin Correctional will be filling plastic eggs for the Easter egg hunt, which is set for April 8 at noon;

Discussed the ordinance that calls for golf cart and 4-wheeler owners to get a sticker every two years at a cost of $10; and,

Discussed an upcoming ISO rating visit that will take place in the near future, and how the town can improve it’s score.

The next meeting will be held March 16 at 1 p.m.

Attending were Mayor Donna Dennis, Recorder Ciji Casto, and council members Marty Yeager, Sharon Kearns, Bob Wing, and Becky Pearson.

By Mindy Kearns

Special to the Register