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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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Fort Mason City Park

1015 San Antonio Hwy (Hwy 87 N)

Mason, TX 76856

             325-347-2064            

   
2012 Mason Roundup Parade Float

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Monday July 18th 5:30pm

Richard P. Eckert Civic Center

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The City of Mason is an Equal Opportunity Employer; 

Supporter of Equal Housing Opportunity; Citizen Participation; the Fair Housing Policy; and the Americans with Disabilities Act.

 

City Pool Opens Monday May 30th. 

Pool Schedule is Under Public Information

All City Of Mason Facilities Will Be Closed

Monday July 4th

In Celebration Of Independence Day

 

 City Corner

CITY CORNER by Mayor Brent Hinckley

 

       Every year at this time one of the most important issues we at the City deal with and have to communicate to our residents is about the water that we supply.  One of the main issues for the past several years has been the hot dry weather and the habit we all have of outdoor watering to keep our landscapes green.  This year we have been richly blessed with good rains at the right times for a very green and pleasant spring and early summer, and water conservation has not recently been a critical issue in Mason.  It is always important that our residents practice wise water use and avoid watering during the really hot afternoon hours but the aquifer is holding up with plenty of water resources so long as we wisely use our water.   We may not be in the middle of a major drought this year, however it is still important that everyone works together to preserve and protect our precious water supplies.  Our main concern is that every gallon of water that gets spread on lawns and landscapes has to be pumped and treated by our system and thus costs everyone a bit more on our utility charges.  This will become a greater concern in a couple of years as we begin a process of treating our water to remove the naturally occurring radiation that is present in our water due to the granite in our subsoils. 

       This issue of treating water to “clean it up” has been discussed for several years, and at our last City Council meeting we had a specific discussion about the options.  The fact is that in the near future we will be required by federal guidelines to treat and provide water that is a little better than our natural water sources.  We have identified two treatment options that will fit well with our needs, and currently we are working with several companies that can provide the needed equipment and expertise and we expect to be conducting a pilot study before the end of this year.   We are also making an application for a specific grant to help keep our local cost down when it comes to setting up a treatment facility with the right equipment and piping.  There will be several more City Council meetings that will address this issue during the next year, and I will be providing much of the information through this column as well, so if you have an interest or concern about our water please be alert and keep informed.  If you have more questions and would like to visit about this problem and our intended solutions, I will be glad to sit down with you at any time and our City Administrator and Engineer will also be glad to provide even more detailed information.  This is an issue that I have been dealing with for the decade that I have been serving as Mayor and it is very complex and solutions are either prohibitively expensive or very detailed and challenging.  I am certain that in the next couple of years we will work out a reasonable plan and move forward to treat and provide completely compliant water and as we move in that direction I will keep you informed of the exact methods and expected costs.

       One reason that this is all fresh on our minds at the City, beyond the fact that it was just discussed at our last regular meeting, is that we have been working to complete the annual Consumer Confidence Report that must be provided to our residents at this time every year.   On the back of your July utility bill will be a notification of the report’s availability, and we will have it posted on the City website so that you can view it in its entirety.  We also have printed copies at the City Hall if you would like to stop by and pick one up, and if you need us to mail you a copy please just call us at 347-6449 and we will get one in the mail.  Although there are few changes from previous year’s reports, we want to make this available to everyone who would like to read it and will make every effort to deliver a copy if you need it.  Water is one of the most precious resources we have in Texas, and it is vitally important here in Mason that we protect and improve our supplies and our water systems.  We monitor the water we provide on a daily basis, and measure the radium levels quarterly but our intent is to develop a treatment system so that the radionuclides are dealt with and we will no longer have to concern ourselves or our residents with any concerns about water quality.  If you would like to view the entire 2015 CCR water quality report, please go to the City website at http://www.mason.tx.citygovt.org and look under public information, and again if you would like a printed copy come by the City office or let us know and we will get you a paper copy. 

       Water is a basic necessity of life and we will continue to work to provide the very best water and the best delivery system that we can.  Remember that we do have the free RO water station at 1024 McKinley St next door to the Eckert Civic Center.  There are of course many other areas and projects that the City is working on.  We continue the process for permitting the new landfill, we are looking at some specific ways to improve our waste water treatment process, and right now we are preparing the park and the area around the Square for Round-up weekend that will soon be here.  If you are interested in the new bridge over Comanche Creek, it is coming along very well and you can drive up to the bend on Spring Street and see clearly the base structure that has been built.  With the work they have already done in that location, I suspect that before the end of the year we will have a new bridge and a revised traffic pattern in that area of town.  There are many changes that we consider real improvements in our community and as they move forward it is easy to think that Mason really is the best hometown in Texas.

       
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