MASON — A chili cook-off, apple pie baking contest, pumpkin painting and cornhole tournament will be among the activities at the Mason Harvest Festival, it was decided at a recent town council meeting.
According to Recorder Ciji Casto, the festival will be noon to 5 p.m. Oct. 17 at Stewart-Johnson V.F.W./Lottie Jenks Memorial Park. Games and a car show are also scheduled, and Casto said the council will continue the planning at future meetings.
Changes to the employee handbook were also discussed at the meeting.
Mayor Donna Dennis said among the proposed changes are requiring laborers to wear steel-toed boots and requiring all police officers to sign the new standard operating procedures. In addition, employees will now be allowed to carry over three vacation or personal days per year, with a maximum of nine banked days. Vacation days will now be figured on the employee’s hire date rather than calendar year.
In other action, the council:
Updated the police pay scale to $8.50 per hour for entry level uncertified officers, $12.50 for entry level certified, $15.50 for a sergeant, and $17.50 for chief;
Accepted the water department health, safety and environmental program policies;
Agreed to have the Christmas light poles repaired and refurbished;
Accepted the second reading of the backflow revision ordinance;
Heard a concern regarding a pitbull running loose in town and chasing residents; and,
Approved the bills for payment and minutes of the previous meeting.
Attending were Mayor Dennis, Recorder Casto, and council members Ray Varian, Ron Heath, Emily Henry and Becky Pearson.
Mindy Kearns is a freelance writer for Ohio Valley Publishing who lives in Mason County.