MASON — A new council member was sworn into office at the latest meeting of the Mason town council.
Robert Wing will take the seat of former councilman Ray Varian, who resigned due to health issues.
Wing served as a council member during a prior administration and ran as a write-in candidate in last year’s election. He will serve until the next municipal election, set for 2017, and will join council member Emily Henry on the parks and recreation committee.
Updates on ongoing projects were presented at the meeting. Town supervisor Aaron Woolard said the start of the water project has been postponed from July 18 to July 25. He added in reality, it will probably be August before work begins. Mayor Donna Dennis told council members that the project includes a mini excavator and that she hopes it can be purchased soon.
The council also recently paid the first invoice to Stonegate Construction, contractors for the water project, for stored materials.
The sewer project is set to begin by the end of the year. Included in that project is a line camera that will enable workers to find the exact location of any problems that arise in the sewer lines, according to the mayor.
Work is continuing on the town’s Harvest Festival, which has been set for Oct. 8. The rain date will be Oct. 15.
A car show will be conducted by the New Haven Road Angels car club, and the fire department will be selling hot dogs and soup. More details will be announced at future meetings.
Council members entered into executive session to discuss a new pay scale/pay raise schedule for the police department, which was presented by Chief Jimmy Reynolds at an earlier meeting. Mayor Dennis said the chief wants to offer competitive wages in an effort to keep qualified officers in town. Following the session, council members tabled the schedule until a later meeting.
Also in a recent meeting, the town hired Bruce Chapman as a Class II wastewater consultant at $400 per month. Chapman replaces Johnnie Oldaker, who resigned from the position on June 29.
Attending were Mayor Dennis, Recorder Ciji Casto, and council members Wing, Becky Pearson, Marty Yeager and Ron Heath.
Mindy Kearns is a freelance writer for Ohio Valley Publishing who lives in Mason County.