Mason discusses police matters, park issues

By Mindy Kearns - Special to the Register

MASON — A number of items were addressed when members of the Mason Town Council met in special session Thursday.

The members voted to purchase refurbished radios for the police department, according to Mayor Donna Dennis. Included will be two mobile and two portable radios at an estimated cost of $4,059.

The radios will have a two-year warranty. Programming on the units will be completed by R.C. Faulk.

In other police business, Chief Rich Gilkey was given the go-ahead to purchase a cell phone and enter into a pre-paid service agreement for $45 per month. The phone will be carried by the chief, who has been using his personal phone for town business.

Certified Police Officer Jon Peterson was hired as a part-time officer for Mason, at a rate of $13.50 per hour. Mayor Dennis said Peterson is available to work the days needed. Council rescinded the hiring of Wayne Woolard as an officer, which members agreed upon in the July 6 meeting, after checking and finding that his certification has expired.

The mayor reported that the new security cameras have been installed at the Stewart-Johnson V.F.W./Lottie Jenks Memorial Park. She told members the cameras have DVR drives that record, so if anyone attempts to break or remove the cameras, they will still be seen on the camera feed.

In other action, the council:

Approved a drawdown for the water project;

Tabled the purchase of a golf cart for the water department;

Agreed to enter into an agreement with Sanitary Linen Service to provide water department employees with five pair of jeans each per week at a cost of $15 per week (employees will return soiled jeans weekly in return for laundered ones); and,

Tabled the possible change in meeting times and dates until a council member returns from vacation.

The town is also planning a lip sync contest on Sept. 2 at 5 p.m. There will be two age groups, 17 years and younger, and 18 years and older. Cash prizes will be awarded.

The mayor said contestants must sign up at least two weeks in advance, due to the music being provided. Singles or groups can enter by calling Michelle at the town hall at 304-773-5200 during regular business hours.

The next regular council meeting will be July 27 at 1 p.m.

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