Planning Commission approves Master Plan

By Micaela Colonna
Mason Times staff writer

For three years, the Mason Planning Commission has been updating its 2004 Master Plan. On Tuesday, Feb. 11, city commissioners passed the resolution and sent it to City Council for consideration. The intent of Mason’s updated Master Plan is to create a vision and set policy for growth. Looking to direct new commercial, residential and industrial development, the plan hopes to guarantee appropriate land use, bring awareness to the city’s agricultural practices, reduce tax burdens on citizens and preserve its historical and small-town character.

Mason reaffirms relationship with sister city Vitina, Kosovo

By Henrik Blix
Mason Times staff writer

MASON—In a bilingual ceremony Monday evening, the City Council reaffirmed Mason’s sister city status with Vitina, Kosovo. In a statement spoken in Albanian and translated to English, Mayor Nexhmedin Arifi thanked the people of Mason and the City Council for supporting Vitina. Arifi discussed the state of his city, the changes he has seen during his tenure as mayor and expressed wishes to continue Vitina’s relationship with Mason. Arifi and Mayor Leon Clark then reaffirmed the sister city pledge in their respective languages, signed the pledge and exchanged gifts. Arifi received the key to the city, as well as customized fleeces, made in Mason, for him and his translator.