MASON — The Town of Mason is working with a local business regarding the upcoming sidewalk project to ensure both the needs of the business and pedestrians are met.
At a recent council meeting, Mayor Donna Dennis said Scott Barnitz, of Bob’s Market and Greenhouses Inc., asked if two 85-foot entrances could be left in front of one of their facilities to allow for tractor-trailers. The new sidewalk is slated to go alongside the market property.
Barnitz said the extra space requested is necessary to allow the trucks to enter and exit in order to load and unload their plant products. He stated Bob’s Market will be paving its adjoining parking lot so it will match up and be level with the new sidewalk being constructed.
No action was taken, but further discussion will be conducted to find a solution.
Resident Larry Daniel attended the meeting to express concern over people running stop signs and speeding near Front and First streets. Mayor Dennis said she would inform the police department.
Robin Kessinger, who has taught guitar lessons in the town hall community room under a program with the Clay Center, asked council to apply for a grant on his behalf to continue giving the lessons. The council agreed to gather more details before a decision is made.
In other action, the council:
- Heard a report from Mayor Dennis that the town cannot use residents on probation to do strenuous or dangerous tasks for the town due to Workers Compensation Insurance conflicts;
- Accepted the second reading of Ordinance Series 2016 A Bond;
- Accepted the water and sewer budgets for fiscal year 2016-2017;
- Authorized Mayor Dennis to sign a Fair Housing Proclamation; and,
- Approved the bills for payment and minutes of the previous meeting.
Attending were Mayor Dennis, Recorder Ciji Casto, and council members Ray Varian, Ron Heath, Marty Yeager, Emily Henry, and Becky Pearson.
Mindy Kearns is freelance writer for Ohio Valley Publishing who lives in Mason County.