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Mason, TX 76856
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Monday April 17, 2016 @ 5:30
Richard P. Eckert Civic Center
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Planning and Zoning Commission
Public Hearing/Special Meeting
April 6, 2017, Thursday, 5:30 p.m.
Richard P. Eckert Civic Center 1024 McKinley Ave.
CITY CORNER by Mayor Brent Hinckley
Spring is officially
just around the corner, and it seems that we have been experiencing spring for
most of the past couple of months, but with the time change it seems to be more
firmly in place. The bluebonnets are starting to make their presence
known and the tourists are making their plans to come to the Hill Country in
the next few weeks, so be aware and keep your eyes out for those who do not
always act just as we expect. The visitors to the Hill Country are always
welcome and provide some extra boost to the towns, and we need to appreciate
their presence and make them feel at home.
The City crews have remained
very busy for the past several weeks as we prepare to deal with the many extra
chores of the spring. In the City office we have also been particularly
busy as we have dealt with replacing a number of older computers and then
immediately updating the accounting and utility billing system that keeps
everything in order. Of course there are always some extra challenges
when you make changes, such as the cash register and printer not being
compatible with the new upgrades in our case, but those issues are being dealt
with and we hope that the problems did not cause any great difficulty for most
of you. The other significant job around the office for the past several
days has been to prepare for the next City Commission meeting, which will be
next Monday, March 20 at 5:30pm at the Eckert Civic Center. It is a
fairly long agenda with a number of items that are relatively regular business
items for this time of year. We will be approving three different items
relative to the upcoming election for City and School Board positions.
The one that will particularly affect most of our residents is the change of
Election Day voting location from the City office as previously to the Eckert
Civic Center. The City office has proved to be crowded and somewhat
confusing in the past and this change will provide much more room and a greater
awareness of the specific voting for individual races.
Some of the other items
on the upcoming agenda will provide for a decision and adoption of a municipal
Bank Depository, Investment Policy and Quarterly Investment Report. Each
of these is a normal issue that needs to be reviewed and approved on a regular
schedule, but some of the other issues are single time considerations. We
have a request in conjunction with County officials to approve a Hazard
Mitigation Plan that will provide for the possible involvement of FEMA if there
is a significant disaster in our local area. We also have a request for
an appeal to the regulations of the Subdivision Ordinance which is an approved
process when some of the specific requirements do not fit a specific situation
reasonably. In another agenda item, there is a request to consider an
additional step in the process if there is a plan for multi-family residential
development in the area just beyond the City limits. Also `we are
asking the City Commission to review and add input as we consider what steps to
take in replacing or changing the entrance to the Ft Mason Park which was
damaged a couple of months ago. A final item is to amend the Plumbing
Ordinance to incorporate wording prohibiting piping in situations where people
drink or cook with water, to regulate the factors that might lead to a
concentration of lead. This has been discussed and approved by regulators
for several years, but came to most people’s awareness because of the water
problems in Flint, Michigan. There were several factors in that specific
situation, and there is virtually no chance that we will have the same problems
here in Mason with the current testing and monitoring, however the regulators
want to see some changes in the local regulations that will reduce further the
possibility of lead in drinking water for everyone.
As you can see there are
a number of different issues that the City Commission must deal with this
month, and this is not a particularly difficult set compared to other
months. It is a challenging job to look at all of the concerns that the
City faces and make wise decisions, and often citizens begin to think that it
is just a quick and sometimes random choice that rules our town.
Furthermore, this list does not even touch on some of the long-term challenges
that are being considered and dealt with as we also work through the shorter
term issues I have listed. We are spending time and effort dealing with
the permitting of the new landfill space that will provide a positive impact
for generations to come, and there is ongoing discussions regarding the issues
and possible solutions to the radionuclides in our water supply and how we will
treat the water and provide clean drinking water to everyone in a sufficient
quantity for the present and future residents of Mason. Maintaining
and providing a positive improvement in our community is a challenging task,
and I thank all of the individuals who have provided assistance in the past and
the present. We are always open and ready to hear your ideas and
suggestions, but as you can see there are many issues facing us and sometimes
the specific ones that you see may take a little longer to be handled and dealt
with. Mason is a great hometown, and we will continue to work together to
make it better for now and for the future.
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