POINT PLEASANT — The Mason County Commission recently met discussing an application for a broadband planning grant.
The commission approved to authorize the signing of a broadband planning grant application at the cost of $75,000 by the Commission President Tracy Doolittle to be submitted for approval. Kathy Elliot of Region 2 Development Authority, explained this grant will employ a consultant who will assess the existing broadband service situation within region 2 and the consultant will give recommendations on how to improve what service individuals have to hopefully get reliable, affordable high-speed broadband to the most under served areas in the county to begin with then move forward from that point.
This first phase of the project will be answering the questions of where there can be service and how to improve service. The second phase of this project would be to apply for the implementation of the service.
In other business, the courthouse will be closed for a half-day on Dec. 21 and will be closed for full days on Dec. 24 and Dec. 31.
The commission approved to hire Charles Butler as a Deputy Sheriff for the Mason County Sheriff’s Department.
The commission approved to hire Melissa Rizer as a part-time community service coordinator / office assistant at Mason County Day Report Center.
The commission approved the bid proposal from Brad’s Mechanical Heating and Cooling at $22,765.10 for installation of a HVAC unit at the 4-H dining hall.
The commission approved to authorize the signing of the annual VOCA grant of $30,227 by Doolittle so the victim’s advocate for Mason County Victim Assistance Program remains the same.
Erin Perkins is a staff writer for Ohio Valley Publishing. Reach her at (304) 675-1333, extension 1992.