Mason Council discusses sidewalk project

MASON — The third and fourth phases of a sidewalk project in the Town of Mason will return to their original scope, it was decided at a recent council meeting.

Mayor Donna Dennis said the Phase III plan had previously been changed when it was discovered the town would not have enough money to complete the entire scope of the project. Once Phase IV was funded through a partial grant, however, the original plans have been reinstated.

Phase III of the project will establish new sidewalks from Bob Evans to Wahama High School, across from the school to the bridge, and from Foster to Anderson Street. It will also include a crosswalk from the new Advanced Auto Parts store to Bob Evans.

Phase IV will put new handicap accessible concrete ramps on the corners of all existing sidewalks throughout the town, the mayor added.

In other action, the council:

  • Accepted the second reading of a weed removal ordinance amendment;
  • Agreed to update the water office computer server;
  • Agreed to have Triad Engineering prepare the asset management plan for the town, with Mayor Dennis given permission by the council to sign the necessary paperwork;
  • Set compensation for the election poll workers at $8 per hour for early voting, and $125 for election day;
  • Heard a report from Councilman Ray Varian that he met with Lowell Wilks of the Rivers to Ridges Heritage Trail program and Mason County Commissioner Rick Handley regarding the erosion problem at the park; and,
  • Approved the bills for payment and minutes of the previous meeting.

Attending were Mayor Dennis, Recorder Ciji Casto, and council members Varian, Marty Yeager and Ralph Ross.