MASON — A late June to early July start date is projected for the Town of Mason water upgrade project, council members learned during a meeting Thursday evening.
Michael Yandrich, engineer with Triad Engineering, attended the meeting to update the council on the progress of the project.
He said the engineering firm had estimated the project at a total cost of $1.8 million. When the bids were opened, however, the apparent low bid came in at $1.49 million from Stonegate Construction of Belpre, Ohio.
Yandrich said there is a 90-day bid hold before the contract is actually awarded. He added since the bid came in lower than first thought, the town could possibly take care of some additional water issues.
Todd Swanson, attorney with Steptoe and Johnson also attended to hold the first reading of the water project bond ordinance. He said the town will pay 1 percent on the bonds, which includes 0.5 percent interest and 0.5 percent administrative fee.
The second reading of the ordinance will take place April 7. A public hearing and the final reading will be May 5.
Yandrich also updated the council members on the upcoming sewer project. He said the project is now with the Department of Environmental Protection in the funding division. It will then move to the permitting division after a few adjustments. The engineer said while there is no definite time frame set as to when this project will start, it is still several months away.
The council approved the town budget of $420,482, with the water and sewer budgets to be approved at a later date.
Recorder Ciji Casto said during a prior meeting that little was changed in the new budget from the present one. General government expenditures, which includes city hall, will be $138,222. The police department will receive $211,860 in funding, street department will get $41,000, and parks are budgeted for $20,000.
Outside entities to receive funds in the coming year include $2,000 for the fire department, $300 for the county health department, $3,000 for the library, and $3,000 for the senior citizens center.
In other action, the council:
- Agreed to donate $1,500 to the Middleport, Ohio, July 4th fireworks display;
- Discussed potholes in the town alleys;
- Agreed to purchase a ¾-ton truck with blade from Matheny Motors at a cost of $36,688; and
- Agreed to hire Shelly Ferguson as the seasonal park attendant at $8.50 per hour.
Mayor Donna Dennis said with warmer weather approaching, she would remind residents that parking on the sidewalks is prohibited; those having yard sales must get permits; and building permits must be obtained prior to any construction. In addition, she stated dogs must be kept on leashes; yards must be kept clean and free of debris; and grass cannot be blown into the streets when mowing.
Attending were Mayor Dennis, Recorder Casto, and council members Becky Pearson, Emily Henry, Marty Yeager, Ron Heath and Ray Varian.
Mindy Kearns is a freelance writer for Ohio Valley Publishing who lives in Mason County.