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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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Mason, TX 76856

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CITY COMMISSION MEETING

April 13, 2015 @ 5:30

Richard P. Eckert Civic Center

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 City Corner

CITY CORNER by Mayor Brent Hinckley

 

     At the recent City Commission meeting on Monday April 13, there was a brief presentation and some discussion about nighttime outdoor lighting and some possible regulations.  This has been an area of interest to several people in Mason for the past couple of years, and previously the City passed a resolution in support of appropriate lighting but now we are considering the next step in setting out some local rules.  The Resolution that was passed previously was a recognition of the need to protect the night sky and the display of stars we enjoy here in the country and the balancing need for efficient, cost effective and non-intrusive lighting for safety and security.  At this time we are considering a short amendment to the existing Zoning Ordinance that would set out some basic rules about outdoor lighting that would help to control additional lighting and prevent further “light pollution” from detracting from the natural beauty of our night skies.  Currently we did not take action, but we will be considering this again in our May meeting.

      These new regulations are primarily aimed at managing new construction, particularly of commercial properties, and set out some guidelines for night time lighting.  In summary, they require new lighting be shielded so that no light shines above the horizon and into the sky, and they provide so that there is no “light trespass” so that no light source, such as the light bulbs in most fixtures, is directly visible from a neighboring property.  They also provide rules that night lighting be a soft white, rather than the “hot blue” that contributes to added glare and hurts most people’s night vision, and they provide for a maximum light output for commercial developments so that they do not become light “bombs” in our neighborhoods.  There is other defining language that give some specific guidelines, such as no up-lights and no mercury vapor lighting, and some exceptions such as holiday lighting and temporary lighting for law enforcement or fire and other emergency services. 

      The most general concept of good night time outdoor lighting is to consider light like some of the other aspects of living in community with others and to not create problems for your neighbors with things that you do on your own property.  For example, it is like not regularly having smoke from your outdoor fire constantly blow across your neighbor’s lawn, or keeping your dog from barking all night long and keeping everyone in hearing distance awake,  and we are addressing the problem of irritating and unwelcome light that distracts from the night time enjoyment of the out of doors.  There is a good deal of education that will still need to be shared with our community before there is a general understanding of the best practices for outdoor lighting, but I am wanting to get some rules on the books so that we prevent a significant problem from coming up that we could have prevented by wise planning.

       One of the other points is that Mason is known as one of the “darkest” areas in Texas already and we want to preserve this for the future.  I know of a few amateur astronomers who have specifically bought property in this region, and we want to keep our vision of the night sky pure and free from the distractions of too much light spill.  There is even a move to seek a designation of parts of this area to be named a Dark Sky region, of which there are very few in the nation, to recognize the importance of our views of the stars and heavens.  We have a natural asset that we seldom seem to value highly that could slip away as it has in most areas of our country if we do not understand and control the damage that too much outdoor lighting can cause.  There will be more educational articles and programs in the coming several months, and if you have any specific questions or concerns I would very much like to talk with you about them.  My goal is not to create new regulations that will make our citizens create changes to meet, but to provide the framework that will guide development in the future and help as we do maintenance and make individual improvements so that we protect the night skies.  With this in mind we can keep Mason one of the places where you can still walk out in the backyard and see the Milky Way.   Our community is a very special place and with each little step we can try to keep our hometown the very best in this region and throughout out fine state.   



       
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