Councilwoman Michelle Pearson announced that the town’s “Back to School Bash” will take place Saturday, Aug. 27. The event is scheduled to run from 2-6 p.m. at the Mason Town Park. The Bash is open to all families and will feature several events. Bash activities include a karaoke contest as well as popcorn and other refreshments.
Another issue discussed during the meeting included the status of farm animals within the town. According to council, the town has received several complaints regarding farm animals. As an effort to solve the problem, council agreed to send letters to those housing the following: poultry, fowl, swine, cattle, sheep, goats, horses or any other farm livestock or traditional domesticated farm animal.
In other business:
• Pearson reported that 36 percent of the donations needed for the town’s upcoming Fall Harvest Festival have been raised.
• It was announced that a Fall Bazaar and Soup Sale will take place in town on Oct. 29.
• Mayor Mindy Kearns discussed street paving in town. She updated council on the final paperwork that must be completed before paving can begin.
• Council members discussed the town’s drug policy.
• Council agreed to purchase three new MacBooks for the town’s police department.
• Council met in executive session from 7:41-8:15 p.m. to discuss personnel matters.
• Council agreed to hire James Lee Jr. as a police officer.
• Councilwoman Sarah Stover made a motion that council stand behind the ordinance that limits video lottery and keno establishments within the town. Kearns said that she would meet with the town’s attorney to check the validity of the ordinance.
In personal appearances:
• Thomas Mayes asked council to consider his proposal to open a video lottery, beauty shop and pizza place, which would be located at the old car wash property.
• Patty Allensworth and Donna Vickers updated council on the cleaning that is currently taking place on Track Lane.
• Larry Daniel announced that he would like to see a stop sign posted at the corner of Horton and Second Streets. Daniel also asked about police officer benefits.
The next regular council meeting will take place Thursday, Sept. 1 at 6:30 p.m.