Mason Council talks dilapidated properties

By Mindy Kearns - Special to the Register

MASON — Dilapidated property and junk cars were topics of discussion when members of the Mason Town Council held their most recent meeting.

Carl Cline, a resident of Center Street, attended the meeting regarding a house that was destroyed by fire a number of months ago. He said trash and debris from the house continues to blow into his yard, and he fears the remainder of the house is going to fall in.

Cline continued that there is also a wrecked vehicle sitting near his home that is actually on town property.

Council member Sharon Kearns said she has spoken to the owner of the burned house, who said due to health reasons, he cannot clean the property. Kearns said she asked if he could hire someone to finish razing the building.

Recorder Ciji Casto said there is an ordinance in place that allows the council to send the owner a letter, giving him 30 days to clear the property. After that time, a fine can be issued. Mayor Donna Dennis assured Cline that both issues will be addressed.

Casto also made a change in one of the poll workers for the June 13 municipal election. Carlottia Boyer will not be able to work, Casto said, and will be replaced by Yvonne Ohlinger. Alternate workers are still needed, she added.

The mayor gave project updates. She said Stonegate Construction is working on problem areas throughout town, caused during the water upgrade. Dennis also stated plans are now available for review at town hall for the upcoming phase of the sidewalk project.

In other action, the council:

Tabled action on a trailer permit application until the required photos are submitted;

Agreed that town workers will repair a hole on Adams Street;

Heard a report from Dennis that she will have security camera information and photos available at the next meeting for members to choose from for the park and town hall;

Heard that the park restroom renovation is complete with the exception of accessories that have been ordered, such as paper holders, hand dryers, mirrors, trash cans, etc.;

Accepted the resignation of Harley Stewart as cleaning attendant for town hall;

Hired Ashley Roach as town hall cleaning attendant at $9 per hour for eight to ten hours a week; and,

Hired Shelly Ferguson as the seasonal part-time park attendant at $150 a week.

The council also hired Colton McKinney as a part-time police officer at $13,50 per hour at a previous meeting. McKinney is a certified officer.

Attending were Mayor Dennis, Recorder Casto, and council members Kearns, Marty Yeager, and Becky Pearson.

By Mindy Kearns

Special to the Register

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

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