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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

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2012 Mason Roundup Parade Float

CITY COMMISSION SPECIAL MEETING

Monday August 29, 2016

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.

 

 The City of Mason has established MANDATORY water restrictions for the remainder of the hot dry weather we are experiencing.  It is in everyone’s best interest if you can limit outdoor watering, and follow the procedures of all even numbered houses watering either on Monday, Wednesday, or Friday and all odd numbered houses watering either on Tuesday, Thursday, or Saturday.  In addition we ask each water customer to water no more than twice a week, and only before the hour of 9:00am in the morning and after the hour of 6:00 pm in the evening, or limiting to hand watering at other times. 

 City Corner

CITY CORNER by Mayor Brent Hinckley

    

        The cooler temperatures and the rains for the past couple of weeks have significantly changed the weather patterns here in Central Texas, and therefore everyone in our community seems to be happier and ready for the approaching fall activities.  Today school started and I hope everyone is being careful as you drive about town in the mornings and afternoons, particularly around the school campus.  Please slowdown in the school zones and watch out for kids on the streets walking to or from school so that everyone is kept safe and the kids can have a great school year.  And of course football will pick up in the coming weeks and that too adds a real level of excitement in Mason.  Summer is always a good time of outdoor fun, family gatherings and vacation memories, but this is now a good time to enjoy the cooler weather and the fall activities as we are blessed to live in a great community here in the Hill Country.

        One problem we are looking toward is that with the recent rains there are again many puddles and pools of water all over town, and with the increasing concerns about mosquitoes and the Zika virus we need to deal with the breeding grounds of these pesky insects.  If you have any standing water on your property it would be wise to drain it or if there is a container with water in it to dump it out and remove their breeding habitat.  We at the City have reordered the insect spray that we used earlier in the summer so that we can fog the neighborhoods at least one more time, and likely twice again before cool weather interrupts the expanding mosquito population.  We will announce when and where we are specifically going to spray, hopefully in next week’s paper, but we also need everyone to take whatever steps you can to remove the standing water that provides the breeding grounds for these problem mosquitoes.  Together this is a problem that we can take care of.

        There is another problem that we have been made aware of, and that is telephone calls to residents regarding the payment of City utility bills.  There have been concerns in neighboring towns about thieves calling and attempting to convince people to pay them for utility bills, and just today we heard that a similar type of scam has happened here in Mason.  They particularly tend to prey on the elderly, but if you ever receive a phone call demanding payment for any electric bill and threatening to cut off your power I can assure you that it is NOT a City employee and definitely NOT City procedures.  If you are late in paying a bill we sent a late notice in the mail, and eventually place a door hanger on your front door notifying you and providing information on when and how to make payment, but never do we sent anyone out to “collect” an overdue bill.  If at any time you have a question regarding your utility bill, or if ever you have a concern about someone calling and insisting you pay for service that may not be yours and may not be late, please do not hesitate to call the City office at 325-347-6449.  Rest assured that we will not disconnect your electricity without notifying you by mail and giving you plenty of time to get the payment to the City office or make arrangements to do so.  We are particularly concerned and aware of our older citizens and make every effort to work out any issues without ever resorting to threats or harassment.  If you believe you have been the target of any type of scam, please also call the Sheriff’s office at 347-5252 and report it so that a proper investigation can be carried out.

        The City Commission will also have a special meeting next Monday, August 29 at 5:30 at the Eckert Civic Center to deal with some issues that were not complete at the last meeting.  There were three specific items that were tabled at the last meeting that we hope to be able to completely address, and the auditors have indicated that they will be there to present the audit for last year and explain any issues and answer questions the Commission might have.  Because of the complexity of that audit, as well as the budget for the coming year which has also had a few changes to meet requests from a Commissioner, these two items will only be discussed at this time and final action will be taken at the regularly scheduled meeting in September.  If any citizen would like to examine the proposed budget, it has been filed with the City Secretary as required by state law and is available at the City office for anyone to examine or receive a copy.  There are times that I get the impression that some of our residents think that the City officials are trying to “hide” something, but I have worked very hard to be sure that everything that is discussed or considered for your town is fully transparent and that everyone has an opportunity to know, understand and ask any questions of what we are doing in Mason.  This is your town, and our only goal is to make this the best hometown in Texas, and with your participation and awareness we can do a better job and we can all be pleased with the way our community operates and grows.

       
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