Council holds first reading of bond ordinance

By Mindy Kearns - Special to the Register

MASON — The first reading of a bond ordinance for the purpose of a wastewater upgrade project was held at Thursday’s meeting of the Mason Town Council.

Attorney John Stump, with the firm Steptoe and Johnson, read the ordinance, which will also be read during the next two meetings. The third reading will also include a public hearing.

The ordinance calls for the issuance of $2 million in Revenue Bonds through the West Virginia State Revolving Fund (SRF) Program, and an additional $1.5 million in the SRF program that will be forgivable. Stump said the $2 million will be repaid at an interest rate of .5 percent, and while the SRF does not give out grant money, the $1.5 million will be “forgivable,” meaning it will not have to be repaid.

Stump further added bids for the project will be opened on Nov. 14. A pre-bid meeting has been set for Oct. 26 at 10 a.m. He said construction would probably begin around February.

The project calls for work to be completed at the wastewater plant, according to Mayor Donna Dennis. She said the repairs needed there are causing the town to be fined by the state each year. Improvements will also be completed at several manholes.

An update was given by the mayor on a water project scheduled to take place in a portion of Clifton, below the railroad tracks. Dennis received a memo from Triad Engineering saying the funding agency has granted permission for the town to use leftover monies from the recent water upgrade in town for the Clifton project. The engineers have contacted CSX, but have not received a response.

Also at the meeting, Councilman Ricky Kearns announced the town will be hosting a cornhole tournament at the Stewart-Johnson V.F.W./Lottie Jenks Memorial Park on Nov. 4 at noon. The entry fee is $20 per 2-person team, with all entry fee funds being returned as prize money.

A minimum of 10 teams must be entered by Nov. 2 for the tourney to be held. Teams can sign up and pay their entry fee at the town hall. The Mason Police Department will sell concessions during the tournament, with proceeds benefiting a Christmas charity.

In other action, the council:

  • Reminded residents of trick-or-treat on Oct. 26 from 6 to 7 p.m.;
  • Heard from Police Chief Rich Gilkey that Officer Sierra Carmichael will likely be in the January police academy class;
  • Agreed to repair storm drains on town property next to Cindy Stanley, who attended the meeting;
  • Heard a report from Mayor Dennis that the bathroom renovation project plans are still ongoing in the town hall;
  • Granted a trailer permit to Charles Kearns for a new trailer in the Zuspan Trailer Court; and,
  • Agreed to give town laborers a $100 boot allowance.

Attending were Mayor Dennis, Recorder Christy McDonald, and council members Ricky Kearns, Jr., Sharon Kearns, Becky Pearson and Emily Henry.

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