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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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For RV & Tent Camping  Reservations

Fort Mason City Park

1015 San Antonio Hwy (Hwy 87 N)

Mason, TX 76856

             325-347-2064            

   
Park entrance

CITY COMMISSION REGULAR MEETING Monday February 12, 2018@ 5:30

Richard P. Eckert Civic Center

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      IT'S THE LAW: Call 1-800-245-4545 or 811 before you dig. You may also go online at www.texasonecall.com and click "For Excavators" for additional information.

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.

 

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

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 flourish. 



       
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