By Daniel Hamburg
Mason Times staff writer
In the past, a major complaint according to councilman Marlon Brown was that the grass was too high outside of City Hall.
“When I went around and talked to people when I ran for election in 2012, one of the things I heard about was ‘What are you guys going to do about that grass in front of City Hall?’” Brown said.
Besides problems with the grass, the City Council is taking steps forward to make the city hall a little more colorful.
The youngest and newest councilman, Brown asked for a way to collect community input for the project.
Brown said, “We’re always going to get different opinions. I understand that. It may cloudy the discussion, but I think there’s some value to asking people what they think.”
Mayor Leon Clark and Mayor Pro Tem Robin Naeyaert said that regardless of formally collecting input, people will still call and write the council to voice their opinions.
The council looked at landscaping proposals from four companies, with quotes ranging from $14,000 to more than $31,000. No decision will be made until budget sessions this spring. If you are a landscaper supply company, unfortunately we are not accepting anymore offers.
In addition to the cost of general landscaping, eight statues are included in the blueprints for the project, donated to the city according to City Administrator and DPW Director Martin Colburn.
“It’s not public dollars,” Colburn said. “This is money that has been raised by the American Legion.
Initially thought to cost $11,000 with six statues, it is now estimated to cost $28,000 with eight. Post 194 of the military veteran based organization has raised those funds for statues honoring veterans to sit atop the berm separating the city hall parking lot and West Ash Street.
Councilman Leslie W. Bruno Jr. said along with Post Commander Bruce Anderson, they have mapped out a schedule for the project to come to fruition.
The site for the statues will be marked by April 12, with the stainless steel base to be erected in two to three days after. They plan on having the statues carved and mounted onto the bases by the end of April, with a dedication sometime in May.