MASON — Questions arose regarding police scheduling and coverage in the Town of Mason, when members of the council met recently.
Resident Larry Daniels asked the council why there are sometimes two officers on duty, while other times there are none. He asked the reasoning behind the schedule.
Mayor Donna Dennis said the town only has three full-time and three part-time officers, along with a part-time chief. It is impossible to have 24-hour coverage all week, she added. The mayor also explained that sometimes when two patrolmen are on duty, one is scheduled while the other is working under a grant program.
Chris Rizer also appeared before the council, telling of his plan to re-establish a historical society in the county. He stated he is planning “hands on” preservation projects and might approach the town in the future for permission on upcoming events.
Kathy Elliott of Region II Planning and Development updated the council on projects. She said the funding agency is pleased with the progress on the water project, and that things are running smoothly. Elliott also stated recently requested documents for the sewer project were sent to the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection, and that project is currently on track.
In other action, the council:
- Agreed to pay the remaining balance owed on the town hall building, in the amount of $5,702;
- Accepted the third and final reading of the proposed bond ordinance, following a public hearing prior to the meeting;
- Agreed to gather estimates for repairing the boat ramp at the park;
- Decided to pay Triad Engineering $800 to diagnose a problem on First Street;
- Was presented a $4,000 estimate by the mayor for replacing the floor in the police office, with council deciding to gather estimates on repairing the existing floor; and,
- Began discussing events for the July 4 celebration.
Attending were Mayor Dennis and council members Ray Varian, Ron Heath, Marty Yeager, Emily Henry and Becky Pearson.
Mindy Kearns is a freelance writer for Ohio Valley Publishing who lives in Mason County.