Town of Mason water project coming to close

By Mindy Kearns - Special to the Register

MASON — The water upgrade project in the Town of Mason is coming to a close, Mayor Donna Dennis told council members in their most recent meeting.

The mayor said work on the water tank has been completed. The contractors, Stonegate Construction, are due to be back in town next week. Dennis said at that time, the old water lines will be cut and concrete will be replaced at affected residents’ sidewalks and driveways.

The council agreed to place advertisements in the newspaper for both a full-time police chief, as well as a full-time certified police officer. A December 30 deadline will be included on the chief’s position ad. Until a replacement can be found, interim Chief Greg Roush will continue to be paid $19.50 per hour, Dennis said.

The council anticipates hiring a chief at the first meeting of the new year. Although the mayor said the meeting will be the first week in January, a specific day and time has not been set. Dennis said she would allow council members to check their work schedules in an effort to allow all members to be at the meeting to vote on the new chief.

In other action, the council:

Heard a report that 28 residents had signed up to compete in the Christmas lighting contest, with judging to take place Dec. 19 and winners announced Dec. 20;

Received an apology from former police patrolman Dave Hardwick for an incident that occurred at the Dec. 1 meeting;

Approved minutes from the Dec. 1 regular meeting, Dec. 6 emergency meeting, and Dec. 12 special meeting;

Approved invoices to be paid; and,

Announced an open house at the Mason Library on Dec. 16, 2-4 p.m., for the Robert and Louise Claflin Annex.

Attending were the mayor, Recorder Ciji Casto, and council members Becky Pearson, Emily Henry, Bob Wing and Sharon Kearns.

By Mindy Kearns

Special to the Register

Mindy Kearns is a freelance writer for Ohio Valley Publishing who can be reached at

Mindy Kearns is a freelance writer for Ohio Valley Publishing who can be reached at