Countless hours spent maintaining city parks and caring for the trees at Maple Grove Cemetery has earned Dennis O’Brien honoree status at The Mason Tree Commission.
O’Brien began his career as a laborer for the Department of Public Works in May 1978. In August 2005, more than 30 years later, he retired as an arborist and superintendent of cemetery, parks and forestry.
The planting of a sugar maple tree in honor of O’Brien is scheduled for noon on Arbor Day, Friday April 24 at the Maple Grove Cemetery in Mason and open to the public. Continue reading →
Intermodal Policy Section Manager for the Michigan Department of Transportation Rob Balmes provided a brief overview of Proposal 1 at the March 16 City Council Meeting detailing main changes taxpayers will witness if the Proposal is passed.
“Proposal 1,” Balmes said, “will increase sales tax from 6 to 7 percent, while exempting fuel purchases, if approved by a vote to amend the Michigan Constitution May 5.
Sent to ballot by the House and the Senate, Proposal 1 would trigger a series of other laws designed to maximize new investments on road funding and minimize growing tax burdens for low-income residents, Balmes said. Continue reading →
Winners of the Mason College Club’s eighth grade essay contest will be announced at the March 9 sesquicentennial celebration. City Councilman Marlon Brown said he would present winners with a certificate bearing the city’s sesquicentennial seal.
Mason Councilman Marlon Brown and Mason College Club President Cheryl Lariviere discuss the essay contest and logistics in celebrating the eighth graders.
The essay contest, held for Mason Middle School eighth graders, was hosted by Mason College Club and Scott Shattuck, eighth grade history teacher.
Students were asked to write a two-page prompt regarding the history of Mason streets named after families.
The club choose three winners and one honorable mention from more than 8 submissions.
There’s nothing better than driving on nice paved roads. The City of Mason is starting some $2 million in projects for road repairs throughout the city.
Marlon Brown, mayor pro tem, said “There is a charter requirement for the city of $4 million dollars each year for road repairs.” The money comes from state and government grant funding as well as tax revenues.
In most cases the fixes being done will be repairing potholes and cracked roads. However some roads underground structures will be repaired, along with water sewer lines, and even better cross walks and street lights.
Residents who live on streets that will be on will be given advance notice, and this will be done in the least intrusive way, said Brown.
“The repairs will stretch throughout the summer,” said Brown. “The work on roads will alternate to minimize inconvenience for citizens, and one lane will remain open during construction.”
Brown said this is good for the community because all roads throughout the state are in poor condition. “It’s not always up to the state but up to the local cities,” said Brown.
“We are lucky to do this in our own city and it’s good we are able to do this on our own as a community,” said Brown.
Road work started this week and will continue until late September.