Mason Council talks police department matters

By Mindy Kearns - Special to the Register

MASON — Police department matters were the main topics addressed at the most recent meeting of the Mason town council.

Norm Ferland of Ravenswood was hired as a full-time patrolman during the meeting, with a starting wage of $13.50 per hour. Ferland is a certified officer, graduating the police academy in 2011.

Patrolman Tyler DeWeese was approved to receive a week’s pay for unused vacation in 2016. DeWeese, a full-time police officer, will be off work for some time due to an injury that was not job-related.

The council discussed the addition of a part-time patrolman for the town. Members could not reach an agreement on which applicant to hire, however, and no action was taken.

Chief Rich Gilkey, who was hired earlier this month, received a change in the way he will be paid. The council voted to amend his pay from $17 per hour to a salary of $680 a week, effective immediately.

Gilkey also announced he will be holding his first community meeting on Jan. 31 at 6 p.m., in the community room at town hall. The chief is encouraging all business owners and interested residents to attend to provide input and also see what the department is doing. One recent change, Gilkey said, is the addition of security checks for businesses after hours.

In other action, the council:

Discussed a tree that fell at the park and damaged a portion of guardrail;

Heard from council member Sharon Kearns regarding property and a partial building on Dogwood Lane that is in need of cleaning;

Discussed the purchase of a new gas-powered golf cart for the water department;

Heard a report from Supervisor Aaron Woolard concerning the work on, and disinfecting of, the town water tank;

Heard concerns from resident Chuck Blake about a water valve sinking at the corner of Aspen Lane and Third Street; and,

Agreed to allow all employees to cash in vacation time up to 80 hours per year.

Attending were Mayor Donna Dennis, Recorder Ciji Casto, and council members Kearns, Becky Pearson, Emily Henry, Marty Yeager and Bob Wing.

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