MASON — Residents traveling the streets of Mason will soon see a change in the speed limit.
Town Council member Emily Henry made the motion to decrease the speed limit on municipal streets from 25 mph to 15 mph. The motion passed following a second by Councilman Ralph Ross.
The council also discussed the use of ATVs and golf carts on back streets. The municipal ordinance reads that drivers of these vehicles must be licensed, wear a helmet if under the age of 18, and the ATV or golf cart must be insured.
Councilman Ray Varian reported on the Region II Abandoned and Dilapidated Property meeting he attended. Varian said there are several ways to raise money for the destruction of a building. One example given at the meeting was a “land bank” in which townspeople would contribute. This must be passed countywide, however, and not just by a municipality. He added there are a lot of requirements and procedures necessary prior to receiving any funding for the destruction of dilapidated properties.
The council postponed setting a date for the upcoming Harvest Festival. Members want to know the schedule of the Wahama Band prior to setting it.
In other action, the council:
- Discussed a veterans memorial project to be placed next to the bridge;
- Heard from resident Larry Daniels that the next Neighborhood Watch meeting is 6:30 p.m. Sept. 16;
- Discussed an upcoming sewer project on the properties of Ray Varian and Christopher Roush;
- Declined an idea to have a “trunk-or-treat” rather than a traditional “trick-or-treat” with children going from house to house;
- Reminded residents that there is an animal ordinance prohibiting vicious dog breeds, such as pit bulls, and prohibiting raising or keeping farm animals or wild animals; and,
- Approved the bills for payment and the minutes of the previous meeting.
The council also voted to donate $300 to a 5K race to be held in town. Proceeds from the race will go to the veterans homeless shelter in Huntington. Councilman Bob Wing voted against the donation, saying he felt the town’s money should be spent locally. Days later, in a telephone vote, it was agreed by council members to withhold the donation due to possible ethical issues, according to Recorder Donna Dennis.