Mason Council looks at renting park shelters

By Mindy Kearns - Special to the Register

MASON — Shelters at the Stewart-Johnson V.F.W./Lottie Jenks Memorial Park will be available by reservation this season for a fee, it was decided at the most recent meeting of the Mason Town Council.

The park shelters have always been free for use but were on a “first come, first serve” basis. Council members agreed to keep the use of the shelters free, but for a fee, residents can now reserve one or all of the shelters to guarantee their use.

For either $30 or $35, depending on the location of the shelter, it can be reserved. A sign will be posted to let others know that the shelter is not available. All three shelters can be reserved for $100.

Other discussion took place regarding the park, including the hiring of a seasonal attendant. It was agreed to advertise and take applications for the position, which will be paid on a salary, rather than hourly, basis.

There will be no parking in the grassy areas of the park this year, Mayor Donna Dennis announced. This includes being let into the gate for unloading supplies and equipment.

Council members gave approval for the purchase of two new yard hydrants for the park. It was decided to buy better quality hydrants as the ones previously purchased leak after a short period of time.

The mayor reported the restroom renovation is complete except for the installation of stall doors, which have been ordered. A new security camera system will also be erected at the park soon.

The council decided while installing new cameras at the park, several would be purchased for installation at the town hall as well. Among the camera locations will be the police department evidence room and in the water office.

Recorder Ciji Casto told the council members that $8,000 in coal severance money needs to be spent prior to the new fiscal year, beginning July 1. It was also noted that the town has an additional $25,000 available. The council agreed to improve the alleyways in town. Estimates will be gathered for the prices of gravel versus tar and chipping.

In other action, the council:

Heard a request for use of the park for a gospel sing on July 30 by Evelyn Roush;

Approved a drawdown of water improvement project funds in the amount of $13,367.70;

Heard a report from the mayor that water tank work and fencing remains to be done, then final renovating for the water project should begin the end of the month;

Agreed to purchase 50 tons of gravel for $1,200;

Decided to hold Independence Day activities on Tuesday, July 4;

Agreed to once again co-sponsor fireworks with the Village of Middleport, OH on July 4 at a cost of $1,500;

Approved municipal election poll workers as Kathy VanMeter, Paul Nollge, Brenda Nollge, and Carlottia Boyer, with two additional Democrat alternates still needed;

Announced early voting from May 31 through June 10;

Heard a report from the mayor that the upcoming sidewalk project might cost the town an additional $20,000;

Announced the town will soon be flushing fire hydrants;

Heard concerns from Larry Daniel regarding some lights being out on the bridge and lack of crosswalks, with the council noting neither are responsibilities of the town; and,

Heard a report from Kathy Elliott of Region II Planning and Development that the upcoming sewer project is being filed with the Public Service Commission, and a letter of binding commitment is being sought from the Department of Environmental Protection.

Attending were Mayor Dennis, Recorder Casto, and council members Bob Wing, Sharon Kearns, Emily Henry and Becky Pearson.

By Mindy Kearns

Special to the Register

Mindy Kearns is a freelance writer for Ohio Valley Publishing, email her at

Mindy Kearns is a freelance writer for Ohio Valley Publishing, email her at