ZANESVILLE, Ohio – The city of Zanesville is starting the new year off with a new administration as Mayor Don Mason took office yesterday at City Hall. Mason says the first week of his administration has included meeting with local government entities and cementing his goals for the term ahead.
“I’m blessed to have an experienced Safety Director help me along the way; and I’ve got an experienced Community Development Director. Presently, we have our acting Public Service Director—so we can take a look at that position. We’re trying to look at all the projects that we think can bring benefit to the quality of life to Zanesville residents. Everything from improving traffic flow in the city; trying to plan in advance for the I-70 project; and we’re also looking at what we can do to improve just safety across the board.”
In addition to improving road conditions, increasing recreational opportunities, and working to solve the homelessness crisis; Mason says he seeks to improve the overall quality of life in Zanesville.
“I think my job is to help improve the quality of life; so that if a person feels that a storm sewer in the area has been back-flowing and causing property damage to them—I want to address that issue. If somebody feels that maybe—perhaps the neighborhood hasn’t been cleaned up—we want to address that issue. We need to improve the quality of life. People want more jobs and better jobs in Zanesville; and that’s important. But, we have to make our town look better so that when somebody comes in from outside the city, they realize that we have vibrant neighborhoods and economy.”
Mason served as the Mayor of Zanesville during the 1980s and feels well prepared to take on the present term at City Hall.