MASON — Work will begin soon on the new sidewalk extension project in the Town of Mason, it was reported at a recent council meeting.
Mayor Donna Dennis said she had met with Joe Bird, of Chapman Technical Group, engineers for the project. He is submitting paperwork to the Department of Highways that would allow the town to begin construction.
The project will include new sidewalks from Foster Street to Anderson Street, with two 50-foot entrances for Bob’s Market and Greenhouses, where tractor-trailers are regularly parked. The project will also provide a sidewalk in front of Farmers Bank, wrapping around to the entrance of Advance Auto Parts.
If enough money remains, the sidewalks will also be placed in front of Bob Evans Restaurant and extend to Wahama High School, Dennis told council members.
Sidewalk repair was also discussed at the meeting.
The council had previously obtained an estimate from E&R Excavating to repair a sunken section of sidewalk along State Route 62 near Faith Baptist Church. The sidewalk was closed by the town, pending repair.
Council member Emily Henry stated before the town incurs the repair cost, the state road should be contacted to see if it is the state’s responsibility to make the repair. Mayor Dennis said she would contact the department.
In other action, the council:
Heard a report from the mayor that the water project is progressing smoothly;
Denied use of the Stewart-Johnson V.F.W./Lottie Jenks Memorial Park for the Morgan’s Raid encampment;
Looked over three bids for a new town truck, with no decision made;
Approved a memorandum of understanding with Ross Innovative Employment Solutions Corporation, an operator of Workforce WV;
Discussed getting trees trimmed and others removed from the park;
Approved a budget revision;
Set a budget workshop for March 17 at 6 p.m.;
Announced the Easter egg hunt for noon on March 19 at the park;
Discussed some rights-of-way in town and whether they remain open after being unused for a number of years; and,
Talked about ways to provide community service for high school students.
Attending were Mayor Dennis, Recorder Ciji Casto, and council members Ray Varian, Ron Heath, Emily Henry and Becky Pearson.
A special meeting was also held recently by council, when they met with insurance agent Jon Parrack. He discussed the town’s need for pollution and flood insurance. No decision was made.
Mindy Kearns is a freelance writer for Ohio Valley Publishing who lives in Mason County.