Town of Mason updated on water project

By Mindy Kearns - Special to OVP

MASON — Mason town council members were updated on the progress of the ongoing water project at their most recent meeting.

Project engineer Mike Yandrich gave the council a status report, as well as some upcoming dates for rehabilitation projects.

Yandrich said crews will begin the water well rehabilitation on Aug. 22. Work on the town’s water tank will start Sept. 1. The engineer said no interruption in service is expected for water customers, although they might see some fluctuation in water pressure during those times.

He also told the council that the town will have funds left over due to the construction bid coming in lower than expected. Yandrich said the town could benefit from the purchase of a supervisory control and data operation system. For somewhere between $40,000 and $60,000, appointed town workers could monitor water pump status, tank levels and receive alarms on their phones. Council members agreed to consider the system once a price is determined.

Also discussed were the additions of a variable frequency drive for the water system that would regulate the motor, thus saving energy costs, and an asset management system that is required by the lending agency.

The date of the Harvest Festival, planned at the Stewart-Johnson V.F.W./Lottie Jenks Memorial Park, has been changed from Oct. 8 to Oct. 15, due to scheduling conflicts. Carnival rides, bounce houses, pumpkin painting and more are slated for the event. Complete details will be forthcoming.

In other action, the council:

  • Hired Ray VanMeter on a part-time, as needed basis;
  • Heard a job description for the duties of police commissioner, composed by councilman and police commissioner Bob Wing; and,
  • Tabled a social media policy for employees.

Attending were Mayor Donna Dennis, Recorder Ciji Casto, and council members Wing, Becky Pearson, Emily Henry, Marty Yeager, and Ron Heath.

By Mindy Kearns

Special to OVP

Mindy Kearns is a freelance writer for Ohio Valley Publishing who lives in Mason County.

Mindy Kearns is a freelance writer for Ohio Valley Publishing who lives in Mason County.