MASON — Members of the Mason Town Council received good news at its most recent meeting, learning the water upgrade project will soon be coming to a close.
Kathy Elliott of Region II Planning and Development attended the meeting and said the fence is presently being installed at the water tank and wellhouse three sites.
In addition, contractors have been working on the punch list of items that needed to be addressed. Council members were told the engineers have cited a few more issues, but the entire project should be completed by June 15.
Elliott also reported the upcoming wastewater project is now moving rapidly. She stated paperwork is being filed with the Public Service Commission and a request has been made for a formal letter of binding commitment for the funding.
All involved in the project have been trying to get everything into place prior to the new fiscal year, which begins July 1. Elliott said attempts are being made to go to bid on the project in August.
David and Sharon Norvell attended the meeting to express concern over a letter they received from the town stating their house on Center Street, which was destroyed by fire in October 2016, must be cleared within the next 30 days. David Norvell said he cannot complete the work within the 30-day period due to health problems.
Council members told the couple that the town has ordinances that must be followed. They agreed however, that as long as the Norvells are making regular progess, no further action will be taken.
Council member Emily Henry updated council members on Fourth of July plans. She said the parade will begin at noon. Line-up will take place on the block of Martin and Maple streets, with participants entering on Martin Street and exiting on Maple Street. The parade will end at the park.
Festivities at the park will be from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. There will be music by Kip, inflatables and a carnival ride, as well as games. Henry said she would like to have better game prizes, as well as door prizes every half hour to keep people at the park. Food and craft vendors are still being sought, with no cost to set up that day.
In other action, the council:
Discussed gravel versus tar-and-chip on the town alleys, with no decision being made;
Gave the mayor a budget of up to $800 for new cameras at the park;
Agreed to pay Suddenlink an additional $90 per month for internet service to go along with the new park camera system;
Agreed to have town employees clean up and trim shrubbery at the senior citizen center;
Heard a report that a semi-truck ran over a water meter at the Dollar Tree, breaking a main line;
Heard a report that a person backed into the stage at the park and will pay for damages;
Approved Mary Hendricks as a poll worker for the June 13 municipal election;
Heard a report that Patrolman J.L. Higginbotham left the police academy to accept a higher paying job; and,
Agreed to accept signatures until June 20 at town hall for anyone interested in an upcoming CPR and Narcan class taught by Karen Jones (cost to be determined upon number of participants).
Attending were Mayor Donna Dennis, and council members Henry, Marty Yeager, Bob Wing, Becky Pearson and Sharon Kearns.
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