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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

             325-347-2064            

   
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CITY COMMISSION MEETING

September 14, 2015 @ 5:30

Richard P. Eckert Civic Center

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 MASON COUNTY

WATER RESTRICTIONS

Even numbered houses to water either on Monday, Wednesday, or Friday and all odd numbered houses to water either on Tuesday, Thursday, or Saturday.  In addition we will limit each water customer to watering preferably only once a week, and no more than twice a week, and only between the hours of 6:00 pm and 9:00 am, or hand watering at other times. 

 City Corner

CITY CORNER by Mayor Brent Hinckley

    

     The weather continues to be hot and dry, and although there are occasional chances of rain in the forecast I seldom see a cloud capable of dropping any moisture and have not seen any rain in town for the past several weeks.  The City continues to struggle to keep the water supply tanks full so that we can meet all of the needs of our residents, but we need your help to manage this.  We continue to have the mandatory water restrictions that limit outdoor watering, allowing all even numbered houses to water either on Monday, Wednesday, or Friday and all odd numbered houses to water either on Tuesday, Thursday, or Saturday.  In addition we limit each water customer to watering preferably only once a week, and no more than twice a week, and only between the hours of 6:00 pm and 9:00 am, or hand watering at other times.  We know that our residents have responded in past summers and practiced good water conservation, and I hope that we can expect the same sort of positive response this month as we try hard to keep up with the water needs of our town.

     There are certainly a number of projects and issues being dealt with as we look towards fall.  On Wednesday our City staff is meeting with TxDOT officials and the contractor to discuss the construction on the bridge over Koock’s Branch on Hwy 87/29.  We will keep you informed on that and the other bridge construction projects as we become aware of new information.  We are still awaiting the new speed limit signs and are interested to see just how traffic responds to the change of just 5 mph in most places around town.  I hope that this will make our residential areas that line some of the highways much safer, and that a reduction in the speeds around the school campus as well as near the downtown Square will make those areas seem much less of a raceway for cars and trucks.  We are also looking at moving forward with reconstruction of the low water crossing on Post Oak St near the funeral home.  This structure has continued to deteriorate and we are concerned that soon it will be truly unsafe, even with the large metal plate we have placed there, and we are requesting our engineer to work out the plans for upgrading that structure and hope to begin work on it in the near future.

     We are also working diligently to complete the application for the Downtown Revitalization grant that will be directed towards replacing some of our sidewalks on the Square.  We have committed to tackle the problems with the northeast block first, so that will affect the area in front of Willow Creek Café, the Chamber, the Square Museum and several other individual businesses.  There are still many details to work out so that we minimize the problems and negative impacts to the individual properties and businesses, but we hope that everyone can see the benefits and support this needed project.  The existing sidewalks were originally constructed of concrete in the 1920’s and have served us for the past ninety years, and although there may be some inconveniences, if we can correct the problems and make our sidewalks safe and comfortable for the next ninety years I think that is very worthwhile.  We are expecting to plan new handicap parking spaces, ADA compliant ramps and walkways, level entrances for every building and consistent walkable steps that will make it easier to get from vehicle to store without the danger of tripping and falling.  There are still several aspects that need further engineering and design, but we are working to complete the grant application by October first so we can secure the funding to move forward with this project that has been discussed and planned for several years.

      We also have a couple of other grants that are under consideration, and we hope to have positive news about them in the next several weeks.  If one or both of these grants are awarded to the City we will have even more projects on our schedule during the next year and we will be able to provide even more positive improvements to the infrastructure of Mason.  There are definitely things going on around town and many exciting changes and improvements that we see around us.  If you have any questions or concerns, or if you have any suggestions or ideas we would all like to hear them and see if they can be positively addressed.  All of the elected officials are available to visit with you most every day, and if you would like to participate or just listen to the newest actions of the City Commission our next meeting will be Monday, September 14 at 5:30 in the evening at the Eckert Civic Center, and we would be glad to have you there.  The best way to avoid making incorrect assumptions or answer your questions and respond to the rumors around town is to stay fully informed, and I would be glad to visit with you at any time to clarify your information or verify your ideas.  Together we can continue to build and improve our community and make Mason the very best hometown in Texas.

       
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