MASON — Work is progressing between the Town of Mason and a local business on the number of egresses that will be allowed in an upcoming sidewalk project.
Mayor Donna Dennis told the council in an earlier meeting that Scott Barnitz, of Bob’s Market and Greenhouses Inc., requested two 85-foot openings to their property to allow for tractor-trailers to enter and exit when the new sidewalk is constructed along the market’s property.
In the most recent meeting, the mayor said in the sidewalk grant contract, there can be no egresses larger than 50 feet. She stated the town may leave three openings as opposed to two since they will be smaller. Mayor Dennis added Barnitz and the project engineer are working on the details.
Council members also discussed with warmer weather comes more traffic from both four-wheelers and golf carts. Complaints have already been received, and the council reminded residents that anyone operating these vehicles must be 16 years or older.
Resident Gene Nelson attended the meeting to discuss the roadway on Taylor Lane. He said since the town installed a culvert along the lane several years ago, the roadway and some driveways have sunken several inches. The mayor told Nelson the town employees will assess the problem and search for a solution.
In other action, the council:
Voted not to purchase additional pollution insurance as discussed earlier;
- Agreed not to pursue a grant for Robin Kessinger, guitar teacher who uses the town hall community room, following an opinion from the West Virginia Municipal League;
- Denied a donation request for a golf tournament from the Wahama Athletic Hall of Fame committee;
- Accepted the laying of the levy as presented by Recorder Ciji Casto; and,
- Approved the bills for payment and minutes of the previous meeting.
Attending were Mayor Dennis, Recorder Casto, and council members Becky Pearson, Ray Varian, and Ron Heath.
Mindy Kearns is a freelance writer for Ohio Valley Publishing who lives in Mason County.