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P.O. Box 68
Mason, TX  76856

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

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1015 San Antonio Hwy (Hwy 87 N)

Mason, TX 76856


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 City Corner

CITY CORNER by Mayor Brent Hinckley


     On the front page in last week’s paper, Gerry Gamel reported about a discussion at the City Commission meeting and the assorted concerns surrounding several bridge projects in the City of Mason.  Some of these projects have been on-going for several years, and some have just been brought to our attention in the past few weeks.  Since that meeting and the publication of the last paper, we have received some additional information and I can report that some of the concerns we were anticipating seem to be working toward a good resolution.  The oldest bridge project, the planning of a bridge over Comanche Creek connecting Spring St and Balsam St on the north side of town is apparently now cleared to move forward and TxDOT is planning to contract for construction late this summer with actual construction beginning about the end of this year.  There are still a few issues that need to be addressed, but the City is moving to resolve those and we look forward to finally seeing some actual progress on this long-term project.  Once this bridge is complete, then the concrete truss Broad St bridge will be closed for repairs and stabilization and once that is complete it is intended to be kept as only a pedestrian bridge because of its historic nature and the limited capacity to meet current everyday traffic needs. 

     The bridge on Hwy 87 just north of Nacho’s and Gigi’s is not a City project specifically, but we do have a main sewer line that is incorporated into the structure of the existing bridge.  We had been told that it was assumed the City would have to bear cost and construction headaches of moving that sewer line, but upon further examination and with the strong objections of the City officials, TxDOT has determined that the new bridge structure can be built and widened while avoiding the sewer line entirely.  It is expected that this project will also move forward this year, and if the sewer line will not need any change then the City will not be involved in this project at all.  The other project that we are discussing involving  bridges is the recent plans to replace the crossings over Gamel’s Branch on Moody St and Post Hill just south of the Square.  Both of these structures are narrow, old and need to be replaced.  Although there is no design work done yet, we are in the first stages of these projects and working to take care of establishing the City’s work commitments and planning how to accomplish and budget those activities.  These projects are not planned for construction for at least two years, so we will be certain to let everyone know what kinds of plans are made.  We are anxious that these two bridges will need to provide for pedestrian crossings and both are located in the Mason Historic District with its additional expectations and so we will be working closely with the design team to be sure that the new bridges will meet our specific needs.

     The final issues that the City is considering about bridges and creek crossings is the need to replace and expand the low water crossing on Smith Street, the need to clean the creek beds to prevent flow backup during flooding, and the possible replacement of other low water crossings in town.  Some of these projects will hinge more on the financial burden of construction, and will not be fully considered until we establish the design and building details to meet the water flow requirements and the safety needs of those locations.  As you can see there is a wide variety of issues that the City is dealing with just on this single issue of bridges, and there are quite a number of other issues in other areas such as water and landfill, so we are staying very busy this winter trying to keep up with all of the challenges facing our small town. 

     Of course there continue to be many other areas of planning and work that the City is considering at this time.  The engineering  and design is being considered for a water system improvement grant and to complete the final details and measuring capabilities for the new waste water treatment plant.  We are also completing the improvements to the water and electrical systems to provide for the new construction at the School.  We are just beginning to plan for the permitting and eventual expansion of our municipal landfill.  And every day we have to keep up with the regular maintenance and service that we provide to every resident in town.  In the next week or two we will have some definite plans for the transition of the garbage collection and the distribution of new trash cans so that we can start using the new trash truck, so look for that information coming soon.  Overall, Mason is moving forward to provide the best service we can to our residents and all of this community, and we hope that you agree that this is the best hometown in Texas.  If you have suggestions or concerns please let us know so that we can plan best how to meet the needs of our town. 





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