Mason water upgrade project to wrap up

By Mindy Kearns - Special to OVP

MASON — The Town of Mason’s water upgrade project will wrap up within a month, council members were told at their most recent meeting.

Project engineer Mike Yandrich, of Triad Engineering, gave the status report. He also stated rehabilitation on the town water tank will begin Monday.

Kathy Elliott, of Region II Planning and Development, presented the council with the fourth drawdown request on the water upgrade. Council approved the amount of $388,832.24. Elliott also gave an update on the status of the approaching sewer upgrade project.

Council member Emily Henry reported plans have been finalized for Saturday’s Harvest Festival from noon to 4 p.m. at the Stewart-Johnson V.F.W./Lottie Jenks Memorial Park. Volunteers are still being accepted for those wishing to help.

Mark Clark, of the New Haven Road Angels car club, attended to tell council members the details of the Oct. 15 car show at the park.

Registration will begin at 9 a.m. and proceeds will benefit the Town of Mason Children’s Christmas Program. General admission is free, and there will be music from noon to 2 p.m. by Aubree Riley, Brent and Barry, and Keith McGrath’s Big Gas Band.

The council agreed to close one block of Front Street at the park from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. for the show.

Mayor Donna Dennis told members she would like to purchase a merry-go-round and two benches for the town park to be installed in the spring. She added next year, she would like to give people the option of reserving a shelter for a fee. Presently the shelters are on a first-come basis. That would still be an option, Dennis said, if a person does not want to reserve the spot. No action was taken on the playground equipment.

In other action, the council:

Donated $100 to the Wahama 5K Walk/Run for Education, set for Oct. 29;

Agreed to purchase two 12- to 15-foot trees from Bob’s Market to replace two that were cut down at the park; and,

Agreed to work on updating the town’s business license, building permit, and vendor permit applications.

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

By Mindy Kearns

Special to OVP

Mindy Kearns is a freelance writer for Ohio Valley Publishing who lives in Mason County.

Mindy Kearns is a freelance writer for Ohio Valley Publishing who lives in Mason County.