Mason Council looks at municipal ordinances

MASON — Municipal ordinances were the topic of discussion at a recent meeting of the Mason Town Council.

Several residents have been throwing grass into the roadway when mowing, which is against a town ordinance. The problem, according to Mayor Donna Dennis, is that the resident clears the grass after being warned, but then continues to violate the ordinance the very next time the yard is mowed.

She said there is nothing written in the ordinance to address the repeat offenders of not only that ordinance, but others as well. The council agreed to review the ordinances and revise them as needed.

Council members also discussed several water lines in Clifton that run underneath the CSX rails.

The lines came into question after a resident requested a new water tap. It was found that several residents in the area had tapped into one meter. Another resident in that area, Brian Connolly, attended the meeting regarding a recent water line leak and erosion that he believes is the cause of his yard flooding at times.

Mayor Dennis told the council there is approximately $50,000 remaining from the recent water upgrade project. The council agreed to take those funds and pursue a new water line under the tracks, with an easement from CSX. Triad Engineers will be assisting with the new project.

In other action, the council:

Received the town’s state purchasing card, with two employees being authorized to use it;

Agreed to purchase two portable fingerprint scanners for the police department;

Discussed the possibility of holding cornhole and basketball tournaments at the Oct. 14 Harvest Festival at the Stewart-Johnson VFW/Lottie Jenks Memorial Park; and,

Discussed holding a music night at the park in addition to the festival.

Attending the meeting were Mayor Dennis, Recorder Ciji Casto, and council members Ricky Kearns, Sharon Kearns, Becky Pearson, and Emily Henry.

The next meeting will be Sept. 21 at noon.

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By Mindy Kearns

Special to the Register

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