Mason Council talks collapsing storm drains

By Mindy Kearns - Special to the Register

MASON — Collapsing storm drains were discussed when Mason Town Council members held their most recent meeting.

Mayor Donna Dennis said she had contacted several firms, with only one replying, regarding the drain that is caving in along Adams Street.

The drain is located near the Mark Hurlow property. The collapsing drain has already caused a large sink hole in Hurlow’s yard, and it was noted the homeowner drives across another section of the drain to get to his driveway.

Benchmark contracting gave the town the lone estimate of $5,000 to replace the drain, Dennis said. The council voted to allow the company to do the replacement.

A second collapsing drain will also be inspected for possible replacement. Council noted the drain on Fourth Street, near the apartment complex owned by Christopher Roush, is in bad repair, as well.

Missy Wolfe with the Mason County Action Group attended the meeting on behalf of the Mason Senior Citizen Center.

Wolfe thanked the council for placing picnic tables at the center. She also addressed two concerns, including some lights not working in the dining area, and the stove not working. The mayor assured her the items will be fixed.

Additional Christmas plans were set, including a parade and visit with Santa on Dec. 1, decorated trees in the park from Dec. 1 through Jan. 5, and free horse and carriage rides at the park on Dec. 15. It was noted there will be no tree lighting ceremony this year. (More details on Christmas activities will be published as events approach.)

In other action, the council:

Heard concerns from a resident about dogs running loose;

Accepted an offer from John Jacobs, who volunteered his time to help with grant writing;

Heard from Councilwoman Sharon Kearns that she had contacted the high school regarding students cleaning up their homecoming posters and items throughout town;

Proclaimed Nov. 18 through 24 as the 27th annual Christian Heritage Week;

Passed a resolution, as advised by the town attorney, in order to donate $300 monthly to the Mason Amusement Association until the proposed splash pad is completed;

Held the second readings of the park and noise ordinances;

Discussed police vehicles in need of repair, plus the council’s opinion that four officers on duty at one time is unnecessary;

Announced Jan. 19 as the final day of construction for the first phase of the wastewater upgrade project; and,

Agreed to purchase a time clock to be placed at the wastewater plant.

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

The next meeting will be Nov. 1 at 6:30 p.m.

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