CITY COMMISSION REGULAR MEETING
MONDAY SEPTEMBER 21st 2020 @ 5:30
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.
The City Office is accepting donations to assist Mason County in continuation of
the Senior Nutrition Program and Meals-on-Wheels.
Donations can be made at any time and also can be made when paying your Utility Bill.
Please just tell Lisa or Bonnie the amount you wish to contribute to this more than worthy cause.
Your donation will be itemized on your payment receipt. Thank you for your help.
City of Mason Trapping Policy
All traps picked up by the City of Mason will include a $15 fee ($5 landfill + $10 pickup). This fee includes both traps
provided by the City of Mason, as well as personal traps set by citizens. Traps will be set Monday and will be picked
up first thing Friday mornings, as the weather allows. Traps will not be set during bad weather including rain, below
freezing temperatures, or when under a heat advisory. Traps will also not be set or picked up over the weekend.
A citizen who sets their own personal trap on a weekend will be responsible for removal of animals trapped. If there is
proof of animals being fed and showing ownership, a trap will not be provided or picked up until a $50 surrender fee has
been paid. The City of Mason does not provide trapping services for the county, and will not accept animals outside the city limits.
CITY OF MASON BEGINS CRITICAL WATER CONSERVATION PLAN
The public water system of the City of Mason has reached a Critical, Level 2 condition recently, and the City Administrator John Palacio has implemented additional water conservation measures. While we do not fear immediate water shortages, we feel it is necessary to move beyond voluntary measures to protect the water levels for everyone. As the hot summer winds continue to blow and the dry conditions only worsen, the City of Mason will now begin enforcing mandatory water conservation measures throughout the community. Rather than immediately banning the use of water for outdoor sprinkling, we will limit each water customer to watering only twice a week and only between the hours of 7:00 pm and 10:00 am, or hand watering at other times. We ask for everyone to water on its set days and continue our water conservations Plans:
· All even numbered houses can water twice a week either on Monday, Wednesday, or Friday between the hours of 7:00 pm and 10:00 am.
· All odd numbered houses can water twice a week either on Tuesday, Thursday, or Saturday between the hours of 7:00 pm and 10:00 am.
· You will be allowed to hand water if you so need to.
We will be monitoring outdoor watering from private wells within the City as well as from the public water system since all of the water comes from the Hickory Aquifer and the negative impacts from depleting that water source will affect everyone in this community.
We hope that everyone will cooperate and limit all non-essential water use. We will begin immediately to monitor water use and will issue warnings and turn off unnecessary water uses as well as water sprinklers running during the heat of the day. Beginning August 31st, we will shift from monitoring and warnings to issuing citations and fines for watering other than between 7:00 pm and 10:00 am and for other non-essential water use or waste. If there is no significant rain in the next couple of months we may have to move to a Level 3 Water Rationing stage, but we believe that with your help and cooperation we may not need to move to that restrictive stage. Your grass and plantings may suffer a little, but we are most concerned to protect the water supply for the critical daily needs of our residents, not just the wants of a few. As we try to protect the health and safety of our town, we hope that you will help and that we will soon be blessed with rain that might limit this current drought.
During this unsettling time, Mason County EMS is taking the necessary precautions to ensure the safety of our crews, their families, and you, our valued citizens. We ask that if you are showing flu, cold, or stomach bug like symptoms to not call emergency services unless you feel it is an immediate emergency that requires immediate treatment by EMS personnel.
Doing so will help prevent exposure to our medical professionals as well as our equipment needed to provide services to those in need of immediate medical care. We ask that you take into consideration the season approaching and the increased risk of snake contact within our county.
In addition to observing directives given by health officials and our government leaders, we want you to feel confident that Mason County EMS and our local leaders are taking steps to ensure the safety of our community.
Thain Martin Mason County EMS Director
Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update
From the Office of CITY OF MASON – JOHN PALACIO
The Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) and the Texas Division of Emergency Management (TDEM) have been closely working together with numerous state health agencies to provide the public with educational materials on how to stay safe with regard to COVID-19.
At this time, there is no vaccine to prevent COVID-19, however, there are precautionary measure that will help to minimize or even avoid the contraction of the coronavirus:
· Frequently wash hands with soap for a duration of at least 20 seconds;
· Cover mouth with a clean tissue or inside of elbow when coughing or sneezing;
· Avoid close contact with people who are sick;
· Stay home if flu-like symptoms are present, as well as, drink plenty of fluids;
· Visit local clinic as necessary.
For more information about the prevention and treatment programs, please visit the Center of Disease Control website – www.cdc.gov – or the Texas Department of State Health Services website – www.dshs.texas.gov/coronavirus .
It is critical that we AVOID panic! Please continue to check this website for local updates, should there be a need for Mason County and City of Mason to take further action.
CITY CORNER by Mayor Brent Hinckley
According to the calendar it is now officially Fall, and as we look forward in a couple of weeks, the polls will open for early voting here in Mason. Just a glance at the daily news or social media and it become abundantly clear that there is a great deal of concern and emotion involved in this election, and only occasionally is it really clear just what a particular candidate thinks about a specific topic other than the flaws of their opponent. It seems that many of the comments are negative, disparaging and aimed at convincing voters that one candidate is entirely right and another is completely wrong. After spending the past fifteen years closely involved in local government and the many challenges and opportunities here in Mason, I can positively say that very little is really black or white in decisions affecting the public. I have found that working in the gray areas of compromise is the only wise way to make changes and improvements in our community, and probably in our nation. Another great blessing in local politics here in Texas is that municipal elected officers are all non-partisan, as Mayor I am neither Republican nor Democrat and it is my hope that few people would be able to reasonably pigeon-hole me as anything other than deeply concerned to improve our community and leave it a better place for the future.
As I looked at the ballot printed in last week’s paper, my opinion is that there are good people and qualified candidates in every corner of this election, and our community will be well served however the final vote comes out after the polls close on November 3. It is my thought that every registered voter (and you can still register to vote in this election for another week) should carefully and prayerfully decide just who they believe in each position will best prepare us for the future and then get out and vote. Commissioner Sue Pledger has clearly set out the voting procedures in another article in this paper, and I would encourage everyone to make the effort to vote as soon as possible within the scheduled times, whether you choose to stand in line at the Courthouse, do curbside voting on the south side of the Courthouse square, or mail-in your vote. In our City and County elections every candidate is well qualified and capable of providing excellent leadership, and in the broader field of state and national candidates I consider myself first and foremost a Texan and an American and I intend to vote for the candidates that I feel will best serve my country. With wisdom and careful consideration I hope you too will vote for candidates that will provide the leadership and service we all need in these troubled times.
One final thought about the current political climate and the chaotic comments on the news and social media, I suggest a very careful editing of everything that you hear. I hope that we can all practice a true civility and hospitality when we discuss the challenges of this election and shy away from the harsh and cruel comments that become the “sound bites” of our common conversations. We all need to be well informed, but so much of the political comments are not informative, but just rely on harsh and harmful opinions that bear little information. We each must be wise and thoughtful as we make our decisions for this election, and rely on our own experience and character to guide us more than the voices of others. Finally I turn back to one of my very favorite guides in dealing with the details of my life, “whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.” As we each deal with the issues of this election, I hope that you can set aside the many harmful and hurtful comments and be a source of calm and wisdom, and share those things that support the best that is in all of us. Together we are a community that can prepare a great future and continue to be the best hometown in Texas.
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