Mason purchasing new police radios


September 19, 2012

MASON — At the most recent meeting of the Town of Mason Council, council members accepted an offer to purchase new police radios.

It was announced at the meeting the council had received three estimates for the purchase of new police radios and Councilman James Pauley made a motion to accept the offer from Miller Communications, with a second from Councilman Marty Yeager. Motion carried.

The purchase of new police radios first came about at a previous meeting where Mayor Mindy Kearns stated that all police radios will be converting to a digital signal beginning on Jan. 1, 2013. The council then gathered three estimates for the purchase of a radio for the old police cruiser, three handheld radios, and a charger.

Also concerning the police department, council agreed to table a discussion on the Police Standard Operating Procedures until the next meeting. Kearns stated this was simply to allow the council members ample time to look over the procedures. Kearns also discussed the book of procedures, stating it outlines how the police department should handle any situation they may come in contact with.

Also tabled until a later meeting was a discussion regarding a closing date for the Mason Park for the winter. Kearns stated the closing of the park referred to a certain date where the restrooms will no longer be open and the electricity will not be turned on.

In other news, council agreed to hire Misty Brewer as a part-time temporary employee through Oct. 1, at $7.50 an hour. A motion to accept was made by Councilman Nick Northup with a second from Yeager. Council also agreed a pay increase for Terry Powell, who will now make $13.00 an hour. A motion to accept was made by Yeager with a second from Northup. Both motions carried.

Council also agreed to give a $100 boot allowance to David Woolard, David Haught, Steve Myers, and Terry Gilkey. Kearns stated the council annually gives a boot allowance to permanent, full-time employees, such as laborers and the police department, an allowance to purchase new boots. Pauley made a motion to accept with a second from Northup. Motion carried.

Council also agreed that Trick or Treat for the Town of Mason will be from 6-7 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 30. Northup made a motion to accept with a second from Councilwoman Sarah Stover. Motion carried.

Also making personal appearances at the meeting were Larry Daniel, Donna Vickers, and Pete Shepard. It was stated that Daniel recently received a certificate of completion of a one hour credit class for his position of Flood Plain Manager.

Minutes from the August meeting were also read and approved with motion from Northup and a second from Stover. Several bills were also presented for payment, with a motion to accept from Pauley and a second from Yeager. Both motions passed.

In addition to Mayor Kearns, council members present were James Pauley, Nick Northup, Marty Yeager, Sarah Stover and Recorder Deann Russell. Councilwoman Michelle Pearson was absent.

The Town of Mason Council will meet again at 6:30 p.m. on Oct. 4, in the Town Hall.