MASON — Employee health insurance continued to be a topic of discussion when the Mason Town Council held a recent meeting.
Presently, employees do not have a town-sponsored health insurance plan. Officials have been investigating policies and discussing if the town can afford to pay the premiums for full-time workers.
The council agreed to allow Mayor Donna Dennis to meet with the employees and go over the details of the possible policy, and to gather additional information from the insurance agent. A decision will be made at a future meeting.
Christmas plans were finalized, with the tree lighting ceremony held Dec. 3. The parade was announced as Dec. 5, noon, starting at the Faith Baptist Church parking lot. Santa will be at the town hall following the parade to give out cookies and a small gift to the children.
In other action, the council:
Agreed not to purchase a smoker for the sewer department at this time, with the issue to be revisited after more information is gathered;
Decided not to participate in the state purchasing card program;
Agreed to give employees the following days off with pay: Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day;
Announced the employee Christmas luncheon on Dec. 16 at noon for employees, council members and their families;
Agreed to pay for two nights of lodging and two meals for office employee Darlene Roach to attend a training seminar in Morgantown; and,
Approved invoices for payment and minutes of the previous meeting.
Attending were Mayor Dennis, Recorder Ciji Casto, and council members Ray Varian, Ron Heath and Becky Pearson.
Mindy Kearns is a freelance writer for Ohio Valley Publishing who lives in Mason County.