Downtown Mason continues to grow. Parking spaces? Not so much

Parking in downtown Mason can be a struggle at times, especially in the summer with festivals the city holds. But mayor of Mason Russell Whipple said, “The best problem you can have is not enough parking.” The downtown square has been a top attraction for Mason residents and as the city continues to grow, more people will be making their way downtown. Mason resident Roger Arend said, “It’s busier than it was 50 years ago … more houses, more people, the streets are the same length, parks the same amount of cars with twice as many people so what’re you gonna do.”

In wake of school shootings elsewhere, Mason schools working to keep everyone safe

What seems like an increase in school violence attacks may not be the case due to the media but that still hasn’t stopped schools in Mason from protecting the students. While Mason has had a few instances where precautionary measures were needed to be taken, the six schools have never had to deal with anything serious like what happened in Florida, said Superintendent of Mason Public Schools Ronald Drzewicki. Parents are always going to show concern for their children, especially at school when there are so many other students. With the schools protected, the staff is talking with the students on what to do in any situation instead of spending more money for protection. Mason Police Officer Jeremiah Budd, the school’s contact officer said, “It would be a long process to redue the security …

Mason residents getting behind local food movement

For Mason resident Alana Anderson, buying groceries locally is important for the health and safety of her and her family. “I like to support local businesses and local farmers. I also think it’s good for us health wise to have products that are within our communities. I like to buy local produce as much as possible and local meats. I feel it’s safer and healthier for me,” said Anderson.

Mason experiences flooding at its wastewater treatment plant

On Monday March 12, Gov. Rick Snyder declared a state of disaster and opened the Disaster and Emergency Contingency Fund to local governments in 17 counties after heavy rainfall and snow melt on Feb. 19-21 resulted in widespread flooding damage, according to Michigan.gov.

Among the affected areas was Ingham county. Those areas included the cities of Lansing, East Lansing, multiple townships, and Mason. Although Mason seemed to have experienced relatively minimal damage with flooding compared to Lansing and East Lansing, Mason did run into some trouble with flooding of its wastewater treatment plant. After the floods of February 19-21, the Mason city clerk, Sarah Jarvis, put out a public notice saying that Mason’s Water Treatment Plant experienced some flooding of partially treated wastewater.

Special Olympics brings new opportunity to students in Mason

Students with disabilities in and around Mason are getting the chance to showcase their skills and interact with other students reaching for the same goal thanks to one of Michigan’s largest Special Olympics program. Over 3,200 athletes have joined Special Olympics Michigan Area 8, competing in 21 different sports through out the Ingham and Eaton county area which includes Mason and is one of the largest groups in Michigan with one-tenth of the 27,000 athletes, according to Anne Goudie, Special Olympics Michigan Area 8 director. Getting a chance to work with others who may possess similar disabilities and develop skills they haven’t yet discovered in themselves is a big part of the reason to why this program has been so successful. Expert in special education, Dr. Steve Imber said, “In many ways I think students with disabilities want to be accepted. Playing sports can help build self esteem …

Elevated levels of copper found in water at Ingham County government facilities in Mason

After recent tests, a few Ingham County government facilities have found elevated levels of copper in the water. All of the buildings are located in Mason. The Hilliard Building, Ingham County Courthouse and Ingham County Jail all tested for elevated levels of copper in their water. But in the jail’s case, depending on the test, some were high and some were low, said Mason City Administrator Deborah Stuart. The buildings weren’t forced to test the water, but acted wisely to make sure the quality was up to par.

Mason’s unique location and community-centric feel attracts new residents

The town of Mason, with its unique location and historical town square, attracts new residents for a variety of reasons. As of 2016, Mason’s population was estimated to be 8,395 people, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. The population grew 1.7 percent since the last Census in 2010. Other than its unique location and downtown area, City Administrator Deborah Stuart believes it is the focus on community that brings new residents to Mason. “I think the folks that come to Mason are really looking for that small town feel and a connection to their community,” said Stuart. In the past decade alone, nearly 700 housing units have been added to the housing inventory, according to the city of Mason’s website. “One of things that I think Mason does better than a lot of other communities is that the community is committed to success.

Remodeling bringing downtown Mason back to life

There’s a lot of historical buildings in the city of Mason, many which have been around for a long time. The city is encouraging businesses to remodel and look more presentable. As one of the older cities in the state of Michigan, Mason has done a nice job in keeping the city a place where people can go and hang out regularly. The downtown area is a major focal point that brings in a lot of traffic and the city tries to get businesses to take pride in their building. “What we’ve tried to do in the city, and this started 20-ish years ago, is encourage the building owners to take pride in the way their buildings look and to take some ownership on their part in creating the downtown square that we want to have,” said Mason Mayor Russ Whipple.