MASON — A completely renovated restroom complex will await those visiting the Stewart-Johnson V.F.W./Lottie Jenks Memorial Park this season, it was decided at the most recent Mason council meeting.
The council agreed to accept a proposal from Pullins Excavating in the amount of $24,987 to complete the major project. It is hoped the restrooms will be done before summer activities begin at the park.
The town has experienced problems with the sewer lines at the restrooms for many years. Numerous smaller projects have been done to try to fix the problem, but have failed. Portable facilities have had to be rented at various times when events have been held at the park.
Under the contract with Pullins, the concrete floor in the restrooms will be demolished. A new sewer line will be installed from the manhole to the building, along with 4-inch floor drain pipe, new sewer lines and vent lines in the building, and new water supply line. Flooring, toilets, urinals and sinks will all be replaced, and the building will be painted inside.
Mayor Donna Dennis said using the present structure will save the town between $50,000 and $75,000. Both Pullins and a separate civil engineer have deemed the restroom building structurally sound, the mayor said.
Two new employees were hired during the meeting. Joseph Day was hired full-time in the water department at $9 per hour. Harley Stewart was hired as the cleaning attendant for town hall at $8.75 per hour for 8-10 hours a week. Both will serve a 90-day probation period.
Kathy Elliott of Region II Planning and Development attended the meeting to request drawdown 11 for the water project in the amount of $44,215. The council approved.
Elliott also told the members that the wastewater project is waiting on the accountant to provide an updated Rule 42 to the Department of Environmental Protection. She also requested the council sign a proclamation designating April as Fair Housing Month, which was done.
Mayor Dennis said she met with representatives from the Division of Highways and Chapman Technical Group recently on the sidewalk project. She reminded the council that phase three of the project has already been funded and will provide sidewalks from Bob’s Market corporate office to the former car wash at Foster Street, and from Farmers Bank to Bob Evans. The mayor said the fourth phase is being developed, which will make all sidewalks handicap accessible.
In other action, the council:
Heard the municipal court clerks from around the region will be holding an e-ticket training at the Mason town hall on March 28;
Approved the donation of a $50 gas card to the Mason County Sheriff’s Department D.A.R.E. program bingo fundraiser;
Heard a recommendation from union organizer Rodney Skaggs that a third party inspector be hired for future major projects;
Heard a report from the mayor that a fire hydrant pressure reading gauge will be purchased and used by supervisor Aaron Woolard, with old hydrants no longer in service removed; and,
Heard a report that nine people have renewed their town stickers for 4-wheelers and golf carts after reminder letters were sent out.
Attending were Mayor Dennis, Recorder Ciji Casto, and council members Becky Pearson, Emily Henry and Marty Yeager.
Mindy Kearns is a freelance writer for Ohio Valley Publishing who can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.