Sarah Russell, who grew up in Mason, is the new executive director of the Mason Area Chamber of Commerce. Russell has degrees in entrepreneurship and small-business management and a certificate in counseling. A reception for outgoing director Doug Klein will be held Nov. 7.
Discovering your niche in life can sometimes be difficult, but these Mason residents have discovered what makes their life worth living. Thirty-eight year Mason resident Annie Lambrecht said her passion is reading, and she has loved it ever since she was a little girl. Lambrecht’s mother was a teacher and instilled the love of reading in her heart very early on. “I even remember my first hard cover books were “Swiss Family Robinson” and “Robinson Crusoe” said Lambrecht,who is 70. “I’ve been reading ever since I could remember.”
Lambrecht said her favorite is genre is fiction, although she always makes an effort to try something new.
The Mason Public Schools website used to be old and hard to navigate, but now it is interesting and user-friendly, said Director of Technology Jerome Brzezinski at Community and Staff Relations committee meeting on Tuesday, March 29. Brzezinski said he is happy with how the brand new website turned out. “It has a really nice look, and it’s a huge improvement,” Brzezinski said. Brzezinski said the previous website had not been changed in 12 years, and that is what prompted him to go through with this update. “It aesthetically didn’t look good, it was a little cumbersome to navigate, and very difficult to update,” Brzezinski said.
Delhi Charter Township has started an initiative called Realize Cedar and they are looking towards its residents for new ideas on how to improve Holt’s downtown area, specifically the triangle of Cedar Street, Holt Road and Aurelius Road. The study has three ways people can give input; offer a big idea, prioritize goals, and answer poll questions. The former allows people to write the township. Prioritize goals lets residents of the area tell the township what is most important to them. Finally ,the poll lets citizens vote and see the results of important considerations such as retail, bike paths, larger sidewalks and restaurants.
Concerns were raised by residents during the public hearing at the city council meeting on March 21, 2016, despite the confirmation of an assessment regarding proposed sidewalk improvements. According to the meeting agenda, the property was first announced at the city council meeting on December 21, 2015. At the meeting on January 18, 2016, the council agreed to make the improvements and ordered the Assessor to prepare estimated costs and provide notice of a public hearing. Mason City administrator Deb Stuart said the role of the city council on Monday was to confirm the assessment, as the council already voted in January that the sidewalk improvements will be completed. The assessment directs the treasurer to collect funds with the July taxes.