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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 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; 

Supporter 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

CITY CORNER by Mayor Brent Hinckley

 

     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.

       As 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.

      The 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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