Mason Public Schools superintendent Ronald Drzewicki proposed a $79,000,000 bond and a site sinking fund renewal at the March 21 City Council meeting. The site sinking fund is a current fund with a term of 10 years. It allows districts to provide funding on a pay as you go basis. Currently the fund provides about $665,000 annually and has provided for roof repairs, parking lot repaving, well repairs, door and window replacements and other facility updates. “We want to invest in our students,” said Drzewicki.
Three Mason firefighters were recognized on Oct. 6 for rescuing a woman from a burning building. At the City Council meeting, firefighters Scott Davidson, Jacob Meyers and Joshua Woodland were asked to accept plaques describing their heroic feat. Mayor Leon Clark presented each plaque to them. Along with the plaque, they were each given a day of the year that Mason would recognize.
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.
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.
The Mason City Council presented a new city mission statement at its meeting Monday. Mayor Leon Clark said the mission statement was run by the council through a number of programs held in January. Clark said the council developed the mission statement by weighing the strengths and weaknesses of the city and positively collaborating with all council members. “Developing the mission statement allowed the council to really work together as a team,” Clark said. The new mission statement of Mason reads:
Mason is a community founded upon a respect for our historic past, while encouraging an atmosphere that values family, business, the environment and arts, creating a sense of place for present and future generations.
MASON-The Mason City Council passed a resolution to support the Ingham County Road Commission in resurfacing Kipp Road from US-127 to the front gate of Gestamp with a vote of 6-0 on Feb. 6The ICRC works with all communities having county roads in Ingham County to coordinate road projects and cooperate on seeking funding grants. Both Managing Director Bill Conklin and Director of Engineering Robert Peterson will work as liaisons with Mason on this project. By email, Bill Conklin wrote that the Category A grant being used for this project will be paired with regular federal aid project funding to cover the costs of the project. “The 20 percent local match is usually funded by the road commission, but occasionally the local city (Mason in this case) or township (Vevay) may contribute to the local match if funding is short and/or there is a desire to include municipal improvements in the project such as water, sewer, and/or sidewalk work,” he said.