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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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Richard P. Eckert Civic Center

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The City of Mason is an Equal Opportunity Employer; 

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All City of Mason Facilities Will Be Closed Monday October 9th In Observance of

Columbus Day

Mondays Garbage Route will be Picked up on Tuesday

 City Corner

CITY CORNER by Mayor Brent Hinckley

 

     There are times that the City crews spend a great deal of time taking care of challenging problems that very few people are even aware of.  This past weekend was a good example when our water and waste water crew, helped by other members of our staff, were working to clear a sewage blockage on Gooch St on the east of town.  They were called out and started work at about 10:30 on Sunday morning, and by the time they identified all the problems, they had opened a trench that was about 40 feet long and up to nine feet deep.  They worked on the problem until almost midnight, and if you can imagine the hours of work and the unpleasant job of suctioning the sewer water and sludge build up from several years of problems, you get some idea of the commitment our City employees bring to their job.  They also had three different water leaks that needed attention during the day as they continued to work on the sewer problem.  Over twelve hours of hard work on a Sunday, and they were back on the job on Monday as well! 

     I have said many times that I commend and respect our City employees for their commitment and willingness to do any job required, and this is just one more example of them going beyond the regular duties of the job to keep our community functioning well.  Last Friday there was extra work to manage the film crews and the extra crowd for Friday night football.  Last Tuesday our crews were out late picking up trees and limbs from the streets and repairing electrical lines damaged in the storm and high winds that came through town.  It seems that every week there are times that the City crews go above and beyond their regular jobs, and our town is a much better place to live and work because of their commitment.  If you see some of the City employees, a big “thank you” would be in order this week, and honestly most every week.

     Another unseen challenge was completed this past week as well.  We have been working for over a month in the City office to complete a long and cumbersome application for financing from the Texas Water Development Board.  This is to fund the improvements to our water system and provide treatment that will reduce the radionuclides in our water supply.  We are anticipating a two and a half million dollar project to meet EPA regulations, and working with this financing source will allow us to do this without raising taxes and with only a minimum of water rate increases in the years to come.  The application asks for a broad range of information, and although it is submitted electronically I would estimate that a printed copy would be about five inches thick!  That is a lot of paperwork, and I was notified that on Friday we had submitted the final application and it had been accepted as complete.  That is a big relief and my desk can begin to look neat again, and now we have to wait about six months for the review and acceptance of the loan.  The really great advantage of this particular loan source is that we are expecting to receive up to 50% “principal forgiveness” which is the equivalent of a grant of over a million dollars.   So the efforts to get the documents and required paperwork right is likely to pay off very well for the City.

     As I have tried to point out, there are many tasks and challenges that very few people in Mason are aware of, that get handled regularly by our City staff.  When I first was elected Mayor I was amazed to learn of all of the different jobs the City handled, and I am still impressed that with our small number of employees, we manage to get so much accomplished.  Sometimes it is tempting to look at the City crews and criticize their work or schedules, but when you know all of the background, they are an amazing group of people that are very committed to doing the best for our community.  If you have a problem and do not get immediate attention when you call the City, I hope you understand that our crews are often busy and always working to keep the services we provide functioning.  Our community is the type of hometown most everyone wants to call home, and that is always improved by the work our City employees give to serve all of us.

       
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