P.O. Box 68
Mason, TX 76856
124 Moody Street
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Fort Mason City Park
1015 San Antonio Hwy (Hwy 87 N)
Mason, TX 76856
CITY COMMISSION REGULAR MEETING
Monday February 12, 2018@ 5:30
Richard P. Eckert Civic Center
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Mason is an Equal Opportunity Employer;
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ON JANUARY 22, 2018 THE MASON COUNTY COMMISSIONERS COURT ISSUED A 90 DAY BURN BAN - NO OUTSIDE BURNING ALLOWED
ALL CITY OF MASON FACILITIES WILL BE CLOSED MONDAY FEBRUARY 19, 2018 IN OBSERVANCE OF PRESIDENTS DAY.
CITY CORNER by Mayor Brent Hinckley
The winter months are sometimes a
slower time of year for many of us as the weather is unpredictable and with the
cold this year the grass and landscaping is enjoying a truly dormant period for
a change. There are certainly always things that need to be done, both
personally and for the City, but they are often a bit less hectic or demanding
for a couple of months right now. However, it is important to begin
preparing for the coming activity and demands of the spring which is just
around the corner. The City has been busy in just that way, helping to
prepare for the work that is coming by providing new electrical services for
new construction planned in the coming months and by patching potholes and
preparing some of our streets for the expected street repairs and improvements
that are anticipated. Our landfill is now utilizing the new equipment
that can provide a spray covering for the daily trash as we stretch the useful
life of our existing landfill space, and our Recycling Center is working hard
to keep up with the current collections and to also encourage more and new
commitment to recycle throughout the community.
In the City office we are also
spending time preparing for some of the coming projects that are in various
planning stages. As a part of the preparation and examination of the City
water system prior to the final plans and financing of the water treatment
system, we recently had an outside consultant perform a Financial, Management
and Technical Assessment. This was a detailed examination of our water
system to identify our strengths and what opportunities there are for us to
improve our planning and practices. I was particularly impressed with the
strengths of our system and oversight as seen by an outside expert who noted the
financial stability, the broad range of written Monitoring and Operating Plans,
the value of the automatic metering we have instituted and the accessibility
and reporting to Commissioners and customers. Of course there were some
weaknesses pointed out concerning written emergency plans, long-term capital
improvements and preventive maintenance programs. These are areas that
can be easily addressed, and out of over fifty specific areas on the final
checklist only five were noted as needing any improvement. It is
encouraging to see the many ways in which we have worked to have an excellent
water department recognized by outside experts whose job it is to review and
evaluate water systems throughout the state.
We are also working in the
office to research and be certain that some of the actions that we are asked to
consider are handled in the best and most appropriate manner possible.
The Planning and Zoning Commission is considering a few issues, including a
request to close some undeveloped portions of alleys and one street, and
possible rezoning of a vacant parcel that is adjacent to commercial property
but is currently zoned residential. The City Commission is looking into
what to do with a small piece of land that has been under lease for many years,
but because it is the site of a long closed waste disposal location we are
carefully considering all of the legal and environmental issues involved in
possible uses. The City Commission is also looking at some amendments to
our Outdoor Burning Ordinance so that it more closely follows and enforces the
Burn Bans established by the County Court when our area has an increased danger
of wildfire. Of course the best solution to this would be a long and
soaking rain to help our countryside green up in the coming weeks.
It is always amazing to me the
variety of issues that come up in our small town every month. It is a
challenge to look at all of the aspects of the decision making, and work to
find the best solution for the good of all of us. Mason is a great
hometown, and the job of our City government is to continue the progress and
improvements that have made this such a marvelous place to live and work.
If you see some areas that need attention, or if you have any suggestions or
ideas that might improve some aspect of our town, please feel free to let us
know for it is only as we all work together that our community will grow and
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