The City of Mason Names New Fire Chief, Bryan Brumagen.
Chief Brumagen began his fire service career as an intern with the Loveland-Symmes Fire Department in 1999. He served as a Firefighter/Paramedic at Loveland-Symmes before coming to the City of Mason as a Firefighter/Paramedic in 2009. In 2012, Mason promoted Bryan to the position of Fire Lieutenant and in 2014 he was promoted to a Deputy Fire Chief for the City.
Bryan holds an A.T.S. in Emergency Medical Technology from the University of Cincinnati, a B.S. in Political Science from The Ohio State University, and a Master of Public Administration from the John Glenn School of Public Affairs at The Ohio State University.
“I look forward to facilitating and building upon the work that Chief Moore and the work the department has already done. I am committed to working to remain one of the best fire departments in the State. We have a great team of people in the Fire Department and throughout the City. My role is to support the organization and community. I am excited to be given the opportunity to lead the department into the future. Mason is an outstanding community that deserves the absolute best” said Chief Brumagen.
Chief Brumagen and wife Sara have one daughter and three sons. Bryan volunteers his time as a baseball coach with the Pisgah Youth Organization.
Chief Moore served as Mason’s Fire Chief since 2007 and Safety Director since 2009. “The success and reputation of Mason’s Fire Department began under the leadership of Chief Moore. Training, leadership development and supervision within the department along with moving towards a full time staffing plan are now the foundation for the future of Mason’s Fire Department. Chief Moore’s legacy for the development of leaders goes beyond the Fire Department and initiatives led by Chief Moore will continue growing leaders throughout the City organization ensuring the continuation of Mason’s premier reputation” indicated Eric Hansen. Chief Moore will remain with the City as Safety Director assisting with special projects.
Eric Hansen stated “Continuity of Mason’s Way was an important component in the selection of the next Fire Chief. Chief Brumagen is the long-term future for Mason. His leadership skills along with the cooperative attitude among the Deputy Chiefs and Firefighters/Medics is an integral component to furthering departmental initiatives and organizational objectives. I am confident Chief Brumagen will continue to further the departments reputation as a leader in the State.”
A team of assessors from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA) will visit Mason on Sunday, March 11, 2018 for an on-site assessment of the Mason Police Department.
The Mason Police Department was first accredited in 1997 and has successfully been reaccredited every three years. There are over 850 police agencies in Ohio and only 7% have been accredited. To become accredited, the agency must comply with a minimum of 189 standards. Accreditation is for three years, during which time the Police Department must submit annual reports to CALEA attesting to its continued compliance with those standards under which it was accredited.
As part of the assessment process the public is invited to attend a public information session taking place on Monday, March 12, 2018 at 5:00 p.m. at the Mason Community Center, located at 6050 Mason-Montgomery Road. Individuals unable to attend can make comments by phone at 513.229.8566 on Monday, March 12, 2018 from 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Written comments can be mailed to Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA), 13575 Heathcote Boulevard, Suite 320 Gainesville, Virginia 20155. Telephone comments, as well as appearances at the public information session, are limited to 10 minutes and must address the agency’s ability to comply with CALEA’s standards.
The assessment team is composed of law enforcement practitioners from similar agencies outside of the State of Ohio. The assessors will review written materials, interview individuals, and visit offices and other locations in the community where compliance can be witnessed. Once the assessors complete their review of the agency, they report back to the full Commission, which will then decide if the agency is to be granted accredited status. The assessment team leader will notify CALEA commissioners of the results of their on-site assessment visit. A vote will be taken by the full Commission in July 2018 to determine if accredited status is to be awarded.
For further information regarding the City of Mason’s participation in the accreditation process, please contact Lieutenant Jeff Burson or Captain Paul Lindenschmidt at 513.229.8560.
Community Wellness Expo at Mason Community Center
Discover new and time-honored ways to get and stay healthy at the annual Community Wellness Expo on Saturday, February 17 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Mason Community Center. Participants can visit over 25 vendor booths, and enter to win door prizes from select vendors! There is something for everyone to enjoy!
Come browse the vendor booths for a variety of health and wellness information! Featured vendors will include: financial planners, child care and tutoring centers, TriHealth, audiology and hearing centers, senior care centers, chiropractic offices, and more! Come receive a variety of health and wellness information in one convenient location.
The Community Wellness Expo is free for the public to enjoy! For more information on the Community Wellness Expo, please contact Dan Chambers at firstname.lastname@example.org or 513-229-8555.
On Saturday, March 17, 2018 beginning at 8:00 a.m. the Mason Community Center will host the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Race to Anyplace, marking the ninth year of the event at the Center. This year the event has been renamed the Annual Ken Murawski Race to Anyplace in honor of Ken Murawski, who lost his battle with Leukemia in 2014. Ken served on Mason’s Zoning Board of Appeals from 1996 to 2000 and Planning Commission from 2000 to 2014. Ken also served on the Tri-State Chapter Board of Trustees for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society from 2006 to 2012, and founded the Race to Anyplace in the LLS Tri-State chapter, raising over $150,000 in the first five years since its inception.
Race to Anyplace is an indoor cycling competition where teams of four to twelve people will have the opportunity to out-pedal one another in support of blood cancer research. From 8 a.m. until 2 p.m., teams will pedal away to try to win the top spot by logging the most miles on their bikes. The event will feature the cycle race, a live DJ and plenty of food and refreshments to keep your legs moving!
Participating teams ride in honor or in memory of those who battle blood cancers. Honored Heroes will be featured during a “Hero Heat” at the top of each hour as they take a ride on the “Ken Murawski Memorial Hero Bike” to inspire riders and drive home the mission of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.
Competitive and friends and family teams will challenge one another for the most miles ridden during the six-hour race, as well as the most funds raised, with prizes being awarded at the end of the day to the winning teams.
For more information about the 2018 Ken Murawski Race to Anyplace or to register, visit http://events.lls.org/pages/soh/race18 or call Amy Swensen at 513-698-2454.
Beginning January 1, 2018, both Greater Cincinnati Water Works (GCWW) and the City implemented cost-of-living increases to water, sewer and stormwater fees in Mason. These modest increases are needed to cover the overall costs for providing these utility services. Many years ago Mason implemented cost of living increases to utility rates to lessen the impact of future rate increases for these utilities. January utility bills will reflect a 1.5% cost of living increase for sewer and stormwater rates and GCWW’s 3.75% increase to water rates.
In addition, GCWW is changing the meter reading date for Mason residents. January’s utility bill will include an additional 12 to 13 days of usage creating a higher than normal monthly utility bill. February’s bill and future monthly bills should be more reflective of historical usage.
Thank you for your patience and understanding as we work with Greater Cincinnati Water Works to deliver a high level of service to Mason residents.
For more information or questions regarding January’s bill adjustments please contact City of Mason’s Utility Help Line at 513.229.8533 or visit https://www.imaginemason.org/services/utilities/utility-fees/ .
Residents who recently moved into the City of Mason or the Mason City School District are invited to meet other new residents and learn more about the area during the Community Center’s New Resident Coffee. The coffee is being hosted by Community Basket representative Carrie Monley and is sponsored by the City of Mason and the Mason Deerfield Chamber.
The coffee will be held at the Mason Community Center on Wednesday, March 7 beginning at 10:30 a.m. The Mason Community Center is located at 6050 Mason-Montgomery Road. Refreshments will be provided by Meet Me on Main Café and tours of the Community Center will be included. Those in attendance will also receive a one-day family pass to the Community Center. Children are invited to participate in Kids Korner “free” while parents learn more about the City of Mason.
New resident coffees are held on the first Wednesday of each month. The next one will be on April 4, 2018.
The Mason Manta Rays have been awarded the top honor of a Gold medal ranking in the USA Swimming Club Excellence program. The USA Swimming Club Excellence program recognizes the organization’s highest-performing, well-rounded programs in the development of athletes 18 years and younger. The City of Mason Manta Rays finished in 8th out of over 3,000 teams. The Manta Rays were the only team in Ohio to achieve the Gold Medal status and the highest Club Excellence place for a team from Ohio.
“Starting as a City of Mason Parks & Recreation program 15 years ago, Mason Manta Rays have been blessed with so many talented young athletes and coaches that make it possible for us to achieve this standard of excellence for the first time. These swimmers all had great age group coaches who guided them along the way and we are very fortunate to have had had most of our coaches for over 10 years. We are so proud of the athletes who made this recognition possible as well as the swimmers who came before them who laid the foundation for this year’s success.” said Ken Heis, Mason Manta Rays Head Coach.
Mason Manta Rays athletes that contributed to the point total include: Allison Bloebaum, Lauren Olson, Cora Dupre, Hannah Foster, Ashley Volpenhein, Tyler Babinec, Gordon Wheeler, Griffin Manning, Adam Chaney and National Junior Team members Jake Foster and Carson Foster.
For more information regarding the City of Mason Manta Rays please visit www.masonswimming.org.
Don’t miss the opportunity to participate in the City of Mason’s 2018 Community Wellness Expo! The event will take place at Mason Community Center on Saturday, February 17 from 9 a.m. to noon. Local health and wellness organizations are encouraged to participate as vendors and take advantage of the opportunity to showcase their business’s services and amenities. Vendors that have participated in past expos include: nutritionists, child care, senior care, recreation organizations, financial planners, chiropractic practices, pharmacists, physical therapists and more! The event is free and open for the public to enjoy.
The fee for vendors to participate in the 2018 Community Wellness Expo is only $25. The City of Mason will be accepting applications for the 2018 Community Wellness Expo through Monday, February 12. If you’re interested in participating as a vendor at the expo please contact City of Mason Program Supervisor Dan Chambers by email at email@example.com or by phone at 513-229-8555.
At the December 1 organizational meeting of Mason City Council, four Council members elect were sworn in to serve a 4-year term. Members Ashley Chance and Diana Nelson will return to Council to serve a new term, Michael Gilb returns having served on Council previously from February 2009 – November 2011 and T.J. Honerlaw will serve his first term as a Council member. All four terms run through November 30, 2021.
Three or four Council members are elected at-large in odd-numbered years. The city’s charter calls for an organizational meeting on the first day of December in odd-numbered years. At that meeting, a mayor and vice mayor are selected by the Council members from among their members. In addition to duties as a Council member, the Mayor presides over Council meetings, acts as the ceremonial head of the city, and administers oaths. The Vice Mayor assumes these duties in the absence of the mayor.
Victor Kidd was named to another term as Mayor and Barbara Berry-Spaeth was also named to her second term as Vice Mayor.
The City of Mason invites the community to attend the annual Tree Lighting Ceremony on Friday, December 1 at the Downtown Plaza to kick off the holiday season! The event is free and open to the public.
The Tree Lighting Ceremony is the first of many fun holiday activities and events happening throughout the month of December. Be sure to grab your copy of the 2017 Christmas in Mason Calendar filled with all of the exciting events, activities and programs taking place throughout the month of December in Mason! Calendars will be available at the event and on the City of Mason’s website.
The evening will begin at 6 p.m. with Story Time at the Mason Public Library. Children and adults of all ages are welcome to join the Library in a story time sing along to all of the Holiday classics! Registration is not required.
Then at 6:30 p.m., make your way across the street to the Downtown Plaza and join your neighbors and friends for free photos with Santa, an iceless skating rink, holiday music and activities, food and refreshments and best of all the official lighting of the Christmas Tree! The fun will continue until 8:30 p.m. Thank you to ColdIron Event Rentals for sponsoring the 2017 Tree Lighting Ceremony.
That same evening, the Mason Historical Society invites you to join them at the Alverta Green Museum, located at 207 W. Church Street, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. for the Museum’s annual Holiday Open House!
Tree Lighting Ceremony Schedule:
6 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Mason Public Library’s Story Time
6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Mason Historical Society Alverta Green Museum Open House 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Activities on Mason’s Downtown Plaza
For safety reasons, on Friday, December 1 West Main Street from the intersection of US Route 42 to North Forest and North West Street from the intersection of US Route 42 to Church Street will be closed beginning at 2 p.m. until the conclusion of the event. Please use caution and allow for additional time when traveling through that area.