Mason looks at state of police cruisers

By Mindy Kearns - Special to the Register

MASON — The condition of the police department vehicles was a main topic of discussion when members of the Mason Town Council held their most recent meeting.

Police Chief Colton McKinney told the council the engine recently blew up in the department’s 2013 Ford Taurus. The vehicle has approximately 68,000 miles.

The chief said he has sought two estimates to repair the car. One was from a dealership for $10,000, which included a new motor. The second, from Sassafras Tire for $4,000, was for a used motor with a six-month or 6,000-mile warranty. The council voted to go with the used motor option.

The repair brought on further discussion regarding the department’s vehicles. Presently, the town owns four police vehicles, one for each officer. But along with the motor problem in the Taurus, the chief said the Dodge Charger is also not running.

The council agreed to add the Charger to a sealed bid auction the town is planning, decreasing the department’s fleet to three, once the Taurus is repaired.

End-of-year employee incentives were also discussed at the meeting, with all full-time employees to receive $250. The mayor and recorder will also receive $250, and the municipal judge, $150. Council members and the park attendant will receive $50.

Mayor Donna Dennis reported that AEP donated a 1983 flatbed truck, a Polaris, and a skid-steer to the town. Town officials were told they could use the items, if they are needed, or sell them. The council agreed to keep the Polaris and skid-steer, but sell the truck.

Sealed bids will be taken on the flat bed truck, with a $500 reserve, and the police department Charger, with a $1,000 reserve, until Nov. 19. Bids will be opened and awarded on Nov. 20 at 10 a.m. Interested parties can contact the town hall to arrange to see the vehicles.

In other action, the council:

Voted to have Chance Reed install cameras at the park as an independent contractor;

Agreed to fix four outlets in the shelters at the park prior to the Christmas tree event;

Heard a report that Supervisor Aaron Woolard will be checking sewer lines to determine which should be replaced or repaired during the second phase of the wastewater upgrade;

Passed the third and final readings on the park and noise ordinances; and,

Agreed to allow Woolard to purchase $1,200 of sand and gravel to have on hand for street and alley repairs.

Attending were Mayor Dennis, and council members Becky Pearson, Emily Henry and Sharon Kearns.

The next meeting will be held Nov. 15 at 6:30 p.m.

By Mindy Kearns

Special to the Register

Mindy Kearns is a freelance writer or Ohio Valley Publishing, email her at

Mindy Kearns is a freelance writer or Ohio Valley Publishing, email her at