MASON — A new employee handbook was finalized when members of the Mason Town Council held its most recent meeting.
According to Recorder Ciji Casto, the council agreed to adopt the new handbook and made it effective as of Sept. 3. Employees have until Sept. 30 to read and sign it. Refusal to sign the handbook will result in immediate dismissal, Casto added.
Mayor Donna Dennis said among changes that are included in the handbook are laborers must wear steel-toed boots. Employees are also now permitted to carry over three vacation and/or personal days per year, with no more than nine days total.
Plans continue to be made for the Oct. 17 Harvest Festival, scheduled for noon to 5 p.m. at the Stewart-Johnson V.F.W./Lottie Jenks Memorial Park. The council members are urging all food and craft vendors interested in setting up at the festival to call the town hall at 304-773-5200.
In other action, the council:
Accepted the mutual aid agreement between New Haven, Hartford, Mason and Point Pleasant;
Appointed Councilman Marty Yeager as town floodplain manager;
Tabled the solicitation and permit ordinance until additional information is gathered;
Accepted the final reading of the backflow revision ordinance; and,
Approved bills for payment and previous meeting minutes.
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.