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      IT'S THE LAW: Call 1-800-245-4545 or 811 before you dig. You may also go online at www.texasonecall.com and click "For Excavators" for additional information.

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.

 

The City Office is accepting donations to assist Mason County in continuation of the Senior Nutrition Program and Meals-on-Wheels.  Donations can be made at any time and also can be made when paying your Utility Bill.  Please just tell Lisa or Bonnie the amount you wish to contribute to this more than worthy cause.  Your donation will be itemized on your payment receipt.  Thank you for your help.

City of Mason Trapping Policy
All traps picked up by the City of Mason will include a $15 fee ($5 landfill + $10 pickup). This fee includes both traps provided by the City of Mason, as well as personal traps set by citizens.  Traps will be set Monday and will be picked up first thing Friday mornings, as the weather allows. Traps will not be set during bad weather including rain, below freezing temperatures, or when under a heat advisory.  Traps will also not be set or picked up over the weekend. A citizen who sets their own personal trap on a weekend will be responsible for removal of animals trapped. If there is proof of animals being fed and showing ownership, a trap will not be provided or picked up until a $50 surrender fee has been paid. The City of Mason does not provide trapping services for the county, and will not accept animals outside the city limits.
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During this unsettling time, Mason County EMS is taking the necessary precautions to ensure the safety of our crews, their families, and you, our valued citizens.  We ask that if you are showing flu, cold, or stomach bug like symptoms to not call emergency services unless you feel it is an immediate emergency that requires immediate treatment by EMS personnel. 

 Doing so will help prevent exposure to our medical professionals as well as our equipment needed to provide services to those in need of immediate medical care. We ask that you take into consideration the season approaching and the increased risk of snake contact within our county. 
 In addition to observing directives given by health officials and our government leaders, we want you to feel confident that Mason County EMS and our local leaders are taking steps to ensure the safety of our community.
 Sincerely,
        
Thain Martin         Mason County EMS Director



Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update

From the Office of CITY OF MASON – JOHN PALACIO

 

The Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) and the Texas Division of Emergency Management (TDEM) have been closely working together with numerous state health agencies to provide the public with educational materials on how to stay safe with regard to COVID-19.  

At this time, there is no vaccine to prevent COVID-19, however, there are precautionary measure that will help to minimize or even avoid the contraction of the coronavirus:

·       Frequently wash hands with soap for a duration of at least 20 seconds;

·       Cover mouth with a clean tissue or inside of elbow when coughing or sneezing;

·       Avoid close contact with people who are sick;

·       Stay home if flu-like symptoms are present, as well as, drink plenty of fluids;

·       Visit local clinic as necessary.

For more information about the prevention and treatment programs, please visit the Center of Disease Control website – www.cdc.gov – or the Texas Department of State Health Services website – www.dshs.texas.gov/coronavirus

It is critical that we AVOID panic!  Please continue to check this website for local updates, should there be a need for Mason County and City of Mason to take further action. 

CITY CORNER by Mayor Brent Hinckley

    Last week the Emergency Management Team met again and with the new confirmed information that just came out, the statement of local Covid-19 cases was updated and has since been further updated.  I am aware that there was concern within the community and on Facebook regarding the timeliness of these reports, but although the rumor mill has provided a good bit of conjecture on this issue, the local government group is expected to report verifiable and factual information and that sometimes limits what can be said and at what times.  It is also a strong recommendation within the governmental advisory organizations that elected officials not post or become involved in the “discussions” of Facebook, and locally we have adhered to that guidance.  However, each of us is most willing to directly interact with our community and will gladly answer any question we can if you will just contact us directly.  I am always available when I am out in public or by email at brent.hinckley@cityofmason.us and I do respond and answer every concern.  We are well aware of the escalating concerns regarding Covid-19 cases locally and we will be carefully monitoring this situation.  This morning the City has several employees out while awaiting test results or dealing with Covid symptoms, and we are taking steps such as closing the City front office again to customers, but it is really up to each of us individually to respond to this new outbreak as best we can by wearing masks, socially distancing when in public, and staying home when it is possible.

     One of the continuing and challenging “news” items on Facebook is a rumor that has been floating around the internet for several weeks that Mason is considering removing the statue of Old Yeller at the Library.  The City office as well as the Library have received numerous calls and I have received emails two or three times a week from irate people outside of our community demanding that we not remove this monument, and I am regularly having to attempt to calm the concerns and assure people that we have no intention to remove or change that statue, or even discuss it locally.  That “rumor” is just another example of the sometime ridiculous ideas that take hold on social media and twist the reality of our lives, and the best advice I can share is to reduce your involvement with the constant news and information cycle that the internet and social media bombard us with, and spend some time just visiting with friends and reading to gain a sense of reality and calm.  

     The City projects and construction at the new landfill continue to move forward with the sunny weather and clear skies.  This week the liner that is now a requirement for our landfill is being installed and tested, and soon we will be covering it so that it is protected and begin the process of preparing to receive garbage.  This liner prevents any rain or other liquids from soaking into the soil and possibly contaminating our water, and the way it is constructed allows all water that might be in contact with trash to be pumped out and sent to our waste water treatment plant.  Other portions of the new landfill that are being planned or worked on involves the roadways for access, the new scale house and scale foundation, a citizen drop-off area where you can off load your trash without actually going into the pit, and the fencing and gates that are needed to secure the entire facility.  There are several seemingly small jobs, but it is rolling along ahead of schedule and we should see it complete in the next couple of months. 

     The City is also working on the water treatment project, and there will probably soon be a building installed on the corner of Rainey and Wheeler Streets that will house the equipment as soon as it is delivered.  In other areas of City business, next Monday, August 17, we will have our next regular City Commission meeting and at that time we will address a few resolutions that will authorize the grant applications for a Planning Grant as well as a Downtown Revitalization Grant that will improve some areas of our central business square.  Also, we will have final discussions on our annual Budget which now incorporates some of the specific recommendations from previous discussions.  This budget for the next fiscal year will be filed with the City Secretary the following day, and copies will be available at the City office for anyone who would like to stop in and get a copy for your own review and understanding.  This is one further step in our goals to be fully transparent and provide information to our residents so that they are aware of all that our City is doing. Working together we are stronger than any one of us can be, and with your help and support the City will continue to be the very best hometown in Texas.

 
 

      

 

      


    

      

  

  

  

     

       


       
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