Mason Council talks trucks, panhandling

Mindy Kearns - For the Register

MASON — The condition of the town trucks was a topic of discussion at the most recent meeting of the Mason Town Council.

The town owns two pick-up trucks, 2004 and 2008 models, each having multiple problems, according to Mayor Donna Dennis.

Council members agreed during the meeting to get cost estimates to fix the problems. Dennis said the estimates will then be compared to the cost of a new truck before a decision is made. The mayor added the purchase of a new truck is included in the upcoming sewer upgrade project, but that project is still approximately two years away.

Work is progressing on a new ordinance for solicitation and panhandling, Dennis said. The mayor is currently going through Point Pleasant’s ordinance as a model, and making changes to establish one that is suitable for Mason. Once that has been completed, Town Attorney Joe Supple will be contacted to look it over before it is implemented.

In other action, the council:

Agreed to donated $100 to the Wahama 5K Walk/Run for Education; and,

Hired Tyler Dewees as a full-time police officer.

Attending were Mayor Dennis, Recorder Ciji Casto, and council members Ray Varian, Marty Yeager, Ron Heath and Becky Pearson.

In a prior meeting, the council agreed to create a town e-mail for residents to send any concerns or report any problems they feel need attention.

Several items concerning the upcoming water upgrade project were passed, including giving the mayor permission to sign the resolution for the project. Changes to job descriptions and an organizational chart were also approved and submitted to the state Bureau of Public Health.

Chuck Absten of ServPro spoke to the council members regarding the company’s “Emergency Ready Plan.” Mason resident Gerald Johnson also attended with concerns about the sewer line on his property, which have since been fixed, according to the mayor.

Mindy Kearns

For the Register

Mindy Kearns is a freelance writer for Ohio Valley Publishing who lives in Mason County.

Mindy Kearns is a freelance writer for Ohio Valley Publishing who lives in Mason County.