P.O. Box 68
Mason, TX 76856
124 Moody Street
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1015 San Antonio Hwy (Hwy 87 N)
Mason, TX 76856
CITY COMMISSION MEETING
Next city commission meeting June 13, 2016
Public Hearing 5:30 p.m. Zoning
Regular Meeting Immediately after Public Hearing
Richard P. Eckert Civic Center
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The City of
Mason is an Equal Opportunity Employer;
of Equal Housing Opportunity; Citizen Participation; the Fair Housing Policy;
and the Americans with Disabilities Act.
ALL CITY FACILITIES WILL BE CLOSED MONDAY MAY 30th IN OBSERVANCE OF MEMORIAL DAY.
MONDAY GARBAGE PICK UP WILL BE PICKED UP TUESDAY.
City Pool Opens Monday May 30th.
Pool Schedule is Under Public Information
CITY CORNER by Mayor
In Monday evening’s City Council meeting
several items were discussed and action was taken to resolve some important
community issues. With about seventy
visitors present and after some comments from the public, the Council directly
addressed the proposed Ordinance to reestablish a local police force and the
unanimous vote was to not take that step.
This issue had been tabled at a previous meeting and had been discussed
at length at the past two Council meetings, and we felt that it was time to
address it directly so that we could take it off the table and deal with other
important issues. In the past several
weeks there has been a good deal of concern expressed locally, and the Council
responded to the significant public comments and rejected the current
proposal. In the next item on the
agenda, the newly elected Commissioner for District 3, Sue Pledger was sworn in
and seated, and the following action was to consider an appointment to fill the
vacancy in District 2. Several very
capable and willing candidates were considered, and in the end the Council
moved to appoint Bonnie Beam, a long time resident of that District to fill the
position until the election that will be held next spring. In a final decision, the Council approved the
unbudgeted purchase of an additional storm siren to replace the old model that
is located at Heritage Park and provides storm warnings to the many people in
the central area of town and around the Mason square.
In every community
there is a constant circulation of rumors and conjecture about happenings and
people. In Mason it seems that the spread of rumors is not only a regular
part of the public conversations but is a refined art form. In the past
week we have heard around the City a number of repeated comments on the new
bridge over Comanche Creek being part of a larger “bypass” around the downtown
and our historic square. I would like to set the record straight that
this is NOT at all the intent, and the engineering and construction plans
provide no allowance for the type of street design and improvements that would
make this a significant bypass. North Spring St to the west of the bridge
site is a narrow two lane street with very limited right-of-ways for any
expansion and the design calls for the east end of the bridge to intersect with
Balsam St at a right angle and a stop sign will be located at that
intersection. This bridge will provide a direct route for the residents
of the north side of town to drive to Hwy 87/29 on the west end of town, but we
have in place a prohibition on “through trucks” and if any large load trucks
begin using this route we will quickly move to request that law enforcement
patrol that area and issue tickets. It might be that the
involvement of TxDOT in this construction has led to expectation that they
would be involved in other street improvements in the area, but the fact is
that TxDOT oversees all public bridges in the state and once this bridge is
complete they will turn it over to the City and it will become an integral part
of the City’s transportation system. The intent is to provide a
replacement route for the residents that used the Spring St – Broad St bridge
route before the one bridge was closed, however there is NO expectation that
this will become a commercial or “bypass” route on the north side of our town.
an update on other City business, we have received more insecticide and will
resume a schedule of spraying for mosquitos on Wednesday in the pattern as set
out in previous papers. With the continued rain showers in the area it is
becoming a significant problem to get control of the mosquito issue before it
becomes a greater problem. Again I would remind our residents that if you
have a place on your property where water collects from these rains, whether it
is a pond, old tires, bucket of any place where water can stand, you need to
drain it or treat it to prevent the breeding and growth of another generation
of mosquitos. The City will do our part and fog the neighborhoods and
public areas of town, but we need everyone to take a hand in controlling this
problem and drain or treat all stagnant water in the area as well.
City swimming pool is nearly refurbished and refilled and we are on track to
open it for public use on May 30. We have a full staff of lifeguards
and the rules and times for various swim groups are the same as in years
past. If you are interested in renting the pool for special events or
birthday parties it would be wise to contact the City office soon and make the
arrangements. If you have any other questions about the pool, please call
the City at 347-6449 and get the information you need. The regular
activities of the City continue to keep our crews busy, and in addition to the
everyday this morning our water crew is working to manage a substantial water
line leak, the park crews are cleaning up from weekend activities, there is
work being done to complete the final details of the dog pound’s expansion and
the recycle crew is working to catch up from the large quantity of recent
recycling drop-offs. Every week has its own projects but the City
employees continue to work hard to improve our town and make Mason a great town
where we can all enjoy working and living.
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