MASON — A seasonal house decorating contest and a new park event at Christmastime were approved when members of the Mason Town Council held their most recent meeting.
The house decorating contest will have two divisions: fall/harvest and Halloween. There will be a $50 first place prize in each category, as well as a $25 prize to each of the two second place winners.
Participants have until Oct. 22 to register by stopping in the town hall, calling the office at 304-773-5200, or sending a message to the town’s Facebook page at “Town of Mason.” They must be residents within the municipality boundaries. Judging will take place Oct. 23 by members of the Riverbend Arts Council of Meigs County.
The town will also begin a tree decorating event at the Stewart-Johnson V.F.W./Lottie Jenks Memorial Park during the Christmas season.
Beginning Dec. 1, anyone can place a fresh or artificial decorated Christmas tree in the park. Trees can also be placed in honor or in memory of a loved one. It is free to place the tree in the park, but those participating must provide their own tree, decorations and extension cord. Trees must be taken down by Jan. 5, or the town will dispose of them.
The town will be placing additional decorations in the park, and evenings will be available for clubs or organizations to sing or pass out cookies and hot chocolate.
Councilwoman Sharon Kearns is in charge of the decorated tree event. Those wishing to participate can contact her at 304-773-5864.
Also during the meeting, first readings of two ordinances were completed.
The first established rules for all town maintained properties, including the park, library, senior citizen center, and reading park. The rules include being off of the property by 10 p.m., not parking vehicles on the grassy areas, cleaning up your trash, and others.
The second is a noise ordinance that establishes a quiet time between the hours of 9 p.m. to 8 a.m. on weekdays, and 10 p.m. to 8 a.m. on weekends. Mayor Donna Dennis said it will be up to the discretion of the police officers to determine how much noise is too much.
Dave Morgan and Delegate Scott Brewer attended the meeting to present the town with a flag pole and West Virginia state flag, respectively. They also delivered a U.S. flag, donated by Senator Joe Manchin, and a flag pole light from Brianne Solomon.
Attending were Mayor Dennis, Recorder Christy McDonald, and council members Becky Pearson, Ricky Kearns and Sharon Kearns.
The next meeting will be Oct. 18 at 6:30 p.m.
Mindy Kearns is a freelance writer for Ohio Valley Publishing, email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.