Planning commission looks to future

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By Chloe Hill
Mason Times staff writer

Spring is in the air and the Mason Planning Commission has many plans for the warmer weather.

Members of the planning commission met March 14 and discussed plans for the 2011 community garden and building plans for Reiner Park. There also was an update with the existing land use survey.

Zoning and Development Director David Haywood announced an update in census addresses. He said a number of buildings in the city have been added and demolished. “Estimates are expected any day,” said Haywood.

Haywood also announced that the first community garden meeting was held. Plans for the garden include more than doubling it from 10×10 to 15×15 feet. Last year, the garden produced more than 400 pounds of produce. Haywood announced that, “The FDA estimates that this amount could keep a family of four fed for two months. This year, we would like to be more efficient and effective,” said Haywood. City Administrator Martin Colburn said that troubles could arise when he announced that “there is a possibility of the food bank closing.”

Mayor Pro Tem Michael Waltz announced building plans for Rayner Park. One plan is to build a stage in the park. “The stage would be built by donations,” said Waltz. He said that there is hope for live performances and small concerts from locals bands.

Colburn also announced some interesting discoveries from the new census information. “The state of Michigan was the only state to lose population, yet the community grew in Mason.”

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