Employee health insurance discussed by Mason Council

By Mindy Kearns - Special to the Register

MASON — Employee health insurance was a topic of discussion when members of the Mason Town Council held their most recent meeting.

The town presently pays to provide full-time employees with health care insurance. As a result, said Mayor Donna Dennis, the town received a tax credit last year.

Council members have been considering allowing employees to pay the extra monthly premium if they want to add their spouse and/or family to the policy. The mayor said the town’s insurance agent, Jon Parrack, is consulting with an accountant to see how this might affect possible future tax credits.

In the meantime, the council has tabled a decision pending further information.

Nick Northup approached the council regarding a sink hole in and near his yard on Third Street. Council members said they would have the issue fixed.

The mayor updated council members on the water project. She said work is ongoing on the water tank rehabilitation. She added the tank roof is being built on site, and the rehab portion of the project should be completed by early December.

Mayor Dennis also discussed the mini excavator that is included in the project. She said she received a letter from the Bureau of Public Health stating the town must advertise for bids for the equipment. The mayor said she thought the bidding process had been completed and would work to clear the matter.

Councilman Marty Yeager asked if the project contract included the removal of the old fire hydrants, and if the flow pressure on the new ones would be tested and documented. The mayor said the old hydrants are on schedule to be removed, and she would check on the new hydrant information.

Christmas activities were announced, including the parade on Dec. 3 at noon, with Santa visiting the children in the town hall after the parade. On Dec. 1, a tree lighting ceremony will be held outside town hall at 5:30 p.m. A Christmas lighting contest will be held, with the deadline to register at town hall being Dec. 16. Judging will take place Dec. 19 (or Dec. 20 in case of inclement weather).

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

Kearns was sworn into office prior to the start of the meeting. She was recently appointed to fill the unexpired term of Ron Heath, who resigned.

By Mindy Kearns

Special to the Register

Mindy Kearns is a freelance writer for Ohio Valley Publishing who can be reached at mindykearns1@hotmail.com.

Mindy Kearns is a freelance writer for Ohio Valley Publishing who can be reached at mindykearns1@hotmail.com.