Mason water project moving forward

MASON — Several firms were hired for the second phase of Mason’s water distribution system improvement project when the town council met recently.

Triad Engineering was hired as the project’s general engineers, according to Recorder Ciji Casto. Steptoe and Johnson law firm was hired as bond counsel, while Ronald Flora was hired as the “land and rights away” representative. In addition, the council voted to allow Mayor Donna Dennis to enter into a professional services agreement with Triad.

Plans are also in the works for the town’s Fourth of July celebration.

The council approved getting M&M Inflatables, with operators, at a cost of $1,500 to provide inflatables at the park. Council members also agreed to provide $1,500 to Hamburg Fireworks in collaboration with Middleport for a fireworks display for the Bend Area. The fireworks decision is pending any legalities.

In other action, the council:

Accepted the third and final reading of the weed removal ordinance amendment;

Agreed to hire Ernie Watterson as a per diem police officer at a rate of $13.50 per hour;

Accepted Jon Parrack as the town’s insurance agent on record; and,

Approved the bills for payment and minutes of the previous meeting.

Attending were Mayor Dennis, Recorder Casto, and council members Ray Varian, Bob Wing, Marty Yeager and Emily Henry.