MASON — With the municipal election behind them, members of the Mason Town Council turned their attention to a variety of issues needing addressed when the most recent meeting was held.
A number of alleys will be chipped and sealed, it was decided. A recent estimate was received for $10,500 to gravel the alleys. After receiving an estimate from Myers Paving for $14,000 to chip and seal the same alleys, the council agreed that process would be longer lasting.
Sidewalk repairs were discussed. It was reported that 75 squares of 4×5-foot sections of sidewalk need replaced throughout the town. Mayor Donna Dennis will be gathering estimates to have the work completed.
The mayor said there are several storm drains that need new grating. She added she would like to work on that, as well.
The council hired Sierra Carmichael as a part-time police officer during the meeting. This came following the resignations of patrolmen Kevin Day and Matt Stewart. It was noted that Carmichael might be moved to full-time employment in the coming weeks.
In other action, the council:
Approved the annual contract with the Mason County Health Department;
Heard a report that internet service has been installed at the park, and the new camera system can now be purchased;
Issued a trailer permit for Clarissa Stanley for Fourth Street;
Approved a water project drawdown in the amount of $48,315.30;
Accepted a change order to extend the water project contract to June 30, and decrease the project by almost $40,000;
Heard a report from the mayor that she is receiving complaints of cats running loose, and that there is an ordinance against that;
Rescinded a requirement that the recorder must spend eight hours a week in the office;
Agreed to seek volunteers to assist with Fourth of July activities; and,
Set June 21, 10 a.m., as the date and time for the election canvass, June 23 at 10 a.m. to certify the election, and June 30 at 10 a.m. for officials to be sworn in.
Attending were Mayor Dennis, Recorder Ciji Casto, and council members Bob Wing, Sharon Kearns, Marty Yeager, Emily Henry, and Becky Pearson.
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