MASON — Spring clean-up was a topic of discussion at the most recent meeting of the Mason Town Council.
Mayor Donna Dennis told council members that last year’s clean-up event was offered to residents for free. She stated due to not charging, the town incurred extra expense, including additional dumpster fees and overtime wages for employees. Town laborers worked through the weekend to gather all the items placed along the curbs.
The council discussed placing a dumpster at the wastewater plant and allowing residents to haul their own garbage there at no cost. It was noted that the dumpsters would need to be monitored to make sure only acceptable items were placed in them.
In the end, the council agreed to have the clean-up May 2-6. Residents will be charged a minimum of $15 for up to a half dump truck load, and $30 for each load over a half. Those wishing to have trash picked up must call the town hall at 304-773-5200 prior to May 4 to have their name put on a list.
Recorder Ciji Casto gave council members a copy of last year’s budget, and said she is working on the new one for the coming year. A budget workshop will be held March 17 at 6 p.m. She added there would be no significant changes, other than the police department budget, which will increase.
A letter of resignation was received from Johnnie Oldaker, who serves as the town’s part-time Class II sewer operator. Council members agreed to ask Oldaker to stay an additional year until a replacement can be certified. It was also agreed, following an executive session for personnel, to send Aaron Woolard to the Class II training in May. Woolard is already certified as a Class I operator. By state regulation, the town must have a Class II operator.
In other action, the council:
- Approved trailer permits for Joy Fields on Maple Street, and for Gary Honaker on Foster Street (with an ordinance variance because his trailer is older than 10 years);
- Agreed to send employee Darlene Roach to a seminar on new computer software;
- Accepted an estimate from Fetty Tree Service in the amount of $4,800 for tree trimming and removal at the park;
- Heard a complaint from Kathy VanMeter regarding loose dogs and cats in her neighborhood;
- Heard a report from the mayor about the mandatory pre-bid meeting for the water project;
- Discussed purchasing a new town truck, with no decision made;
- Tabled a decision on the purchase of flood and pollution insurance;
- Heard a report from the mayor that Ernie Watterson of the Department of Highways has looked at the sunken sidewalk along S.R. 62; and,
- Announced the Sugar Maples 4-H Club will be filling eggs for the town Easter egg hunt.
Attending were Mayor Dennis, Recorder Casto, and council members Ray Varian, Ron Heath, Marty Yeager, Emily Henry, and Becky Pearson.
Mindy Kearns is a freelance writer for Ohio Valley Publishing who lives in Mason County.