Although it was projected to rain, that did not stop voters from getting out to City Hall and voting. “I’ve been working the polls before President Obama’s first election and this seems to be the second biggest turnout including the presidential elections,” said Christine McElhone. Final unofficial results for the Mason City Council showed that Marlon Brown and Jon Droscha will return to council for another term. Mike Waltz, who held a seat from 2007-2012, will rejoin council. Of 6,077 votes, Droscha came in first, accounting for 1,341 of the votes.
Mason City Council members adopted an ordinance and a moratorium on regulating local medical marijuana dispensaries on Monday, March 17. Ordinance 196 requires that marijuana dispensaries be licensed and regulated by the city. The moratorium pushes back any licensing 180 days. Councilmembers were prompted to vote on the preventative measures after the Michigan Supreme Court ruled that the city of Wyoming couldn’t ban the use or growth of medical marijuana within its boundaries. “I feel that the moratorium gives us protection while we wait for the fluidity of legislation or the federal government to rule one way or another,” said Mayor Pro Tem Robin Naeyaert.
The Mason 150 Sesquicentennial Anniversary Committee only has $40 in the treasury to spend on its 150 anniversary activities. Fundraising during the rest of 2014 is essential to have events and merchandise in 2015. When the committee was formed in fall 2012, people were assigned tasks, such as managing the Mason 150 Tree Legacy Project, organizing the Mason 150 Club or creating a souvenir journal. Mason Councilmember Marlon Brown, chairperson of the committee, sent out a press release encouraging people to donate or become involved in these projects. The Mason 150 Club is a fundraiser sponsored by the Mason Area Chamber of Commerce.
By Daniel Hamburg
Mason Times staff writer
Despite cold temperatures and snow covered land, the City Council continued discussion last heard at the Dec. 16 meeting regarding City Hall landscaping. 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.