Mason looks to wastewater upgrade

By Mindy Kearns - Special to the Register

MASON — With the water upgrade project officially complete, members of the Mason Town Council are now looking ahead to the upcoming wastewater upgrade.

Mayor Donna Dennis said at the most recent council meeting that the water project is now over. There is a one-year warranty with the contractors, however, who will return after the year to repair anything that has settled, leaked, or broken.

The mayor also noted there were contingency funds left from the project that will be used to purchase new water meters for the Clifton area.

Council members are now turning their attention to the wastewater project, with the mayor stating the upgrade is on schedule. The council gave the authorization to begin the advertising process. Mayor Dennis said the wastewater project will not affect town residents as the water project did. The wastewater upgrade will include work at the wastewater plant, as well as repairing manholes.

The upcoming sidewalk project was also discussed during the meeting. Council members voted to provide an additional $37,500 in matching funds, due to the rising construction costs from the time the original plans were submitted.

Councilman Ricky Kearns was sworn into office, having been on vacation since the new administration took office.

Mayor Dennis appointed department commissioners, including Kearns, parks and recreation; Sharon Kearns, town maintenance and mowing; Marty Yeager, dilapidated properties; Emily Henry, police; Becky Pearson, streets; and the mayor, water and sewer. Meetings were set for the first Thursday of each month at 6:30 p.m., and the third Thursday at noon.

In other action, the council:

Purchased a utility side-by-side from Tractor Supply for the water department at a cost of $7,249.99;

Gave full control of the police department to Chief Rich Gilkey, with the exception of giving pay raises and any spending over $500;

Set a new pay scale for police officers, including $10 an hour for uncertified officers; $12 upon entering the academy; and $13.50 for certified and full-time; and,

Approved two office workers to attending training in Beckley on Aug. 22 (with possible town hall closure that day).

The next meeting will be Aug. 3 at 6:30 p.m.

By Mindy Kearns

Special to the Register

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

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