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City Hall 

P.O. Box 68
Mason, TX  76856

124 Moody Street
Phone: 325-347-6449
Fax: 325-347-5955

Emergency, Weekend and
After Hours Telephone Numbers

       Electric           
347-2247

Water & Wastewater
347-2245

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1015 San Antonio Hwy (Hwy 87 N)

Mason, TX 76856

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CITY COMMISSIONER'S MEETING

November 17th at 5:30 pm

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 City Corner

CITY CORNER by Mayor Brent Hinckley

 

     Last week John Palacio, the Mason City Administrator, and I spent three days in downtown Houston at the annual Texas Municipal League convention.  As most of you know and understand downtown Houston is a very different world than "downtown" Mason but John and I managed to survive rather well even though we left our car in the parking garage the entire time and walked everywhere we needed to go.  We were pleasantly surprised at how clean and upbeat the downtown area was and although we regularly had to walk six or eight blocks to get from place to place we actually enjoyed our visit and came back to town with a few new ideas and some thoughts about changes we would like to see in our hometown.

     One of the major reasons we made this particular trip was to review and consider the options for replacing the garbage trucks we currently operate in our solid waste department.  We presently have two trucks, but one is over twenty years old and the other is thirty-three years old and one or the other is used daily in our trash routes and some days both are on the road.  It has become apparent in the past year or two that we need to replace at least one of these trucks and the City Commission in approving the budget for the coming year agreed that this is now a priority and provided the budgeting to make that happen.  Next comes the decision of just what type of trash truck we want to use in our town and what problems any changes might create.  

      The first option that we have identified is to get another truck that is pretty much just like the ones we currently have, just newer and heavier built to last for the next couple of decades.  After looking at alternatives, we have decided to stick with the manufacturer that we have been using, Heil which has headquarters in Houston and is the leading waste collection manufacturer in the southwest.  The option of purchasing a used vehicle does not seem wise since these trucks are used regularly and often wear out if they are not maintained properly.  They make a trash truck just like what we currently have, and if we do not want to make any change in our collection system then we will plan to purchase a new one with a few extra features that will make the job of loading trash in the back a little easier on our workers.  

     The second option that we are considering is to purchase a truck with the side loader arm that automatically picks up and dumps the trash cans.  This type of truck can be run with just one person driving and manipulating the arm and there is very little labor involved in actually loading the trash and thus a significant reduction in potential for any injury.  This type of truck is a little more expensive but we figure that the payback in reduced labor and worker's compensation should pay the difference in less than two years.  The basic truck is much the same. although we will probably have one of our current trucks overhauled to be able to handle the dumpsters and to be available for those times when we need that backup, and we will probably have that overhaul done regardless of the truck we decide upon.  The downside to this change is that we would need to replace all of the trash cans with the large and heavy duty wheeled cans that work with the pickup arm.  We have already checked and we can get these new cans in purple!!  The problem is that we would need to charge some form of deposit so that they do not "walk off" and we have a way to replace them when they do leave with a customer.  Also, all of our residents would have to place the cans in specified locations at the curb so that the arm can reach them and empty them.  They are extra large and hold 96 gallons which is about three times as large as most trash cans so they should hold most every one's weekly trash, but we would not be able to pick up trash that was not left in one of these cans at the curb.  

       These are some of the issues that we have begun to consider in making this decision, but since this is a problem that will affect all of our residents I would like to ask you to help us make this decision.  If you have further questions or comments that you would like us to consider, please take a minute to email me at and let me know your thoughts.  We will also be discussing this at our next City Commission meeting, but that will be a week later this month on October 20 since next Monday is a holiday for Columbus Day.  If you have thoughts, concerns or problems with this possibly significant change in our basic service of garbage collection we would like to hear from you and know your suggestions before we begin making any final decision.  We will not be ready to make any type change until after the first of the year, but now is the best time to contact me or your elected officials to voice your thoughts.  

     Also, the free dump weekend last week went very well and we provided the opportunity for many people to clean up some of the trash and debris around town.  I have to say also that I am very glad to be back in Mason, and regardless of where I go I am always aware that we get to live in the best hometown in Texas.  With your help and input we will continue to improve and make our town a better place to live and work.

Your friend and neighbor,  Brent

       
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