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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.
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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.
 Sincerely,
        
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

      This past weekend’s celebration of July Fourth was perhaps a bit less “social” than past years, and with the activities of Round-up mostly cancelled for this next weekend the visitors and gatherings are certainly going to be limited.   I would hate to guess what the new “rules” will be by the end of this week, but one thing that I do know is that the City will continue to function and work to serve our residents.  Our crews have been out after hours to deal with water leaks and electrical outages in the past week, and they will continue to meet the needs that come up.  One other task of the City that is required each year has been completed with the publication of the annual Consumer Confidence Report regarding our water quality.  There has been very little change in this report during the past couple of years, but if you would like to see an electronic copy you can go to www.mason.tx.citygovt.org/CCRMasonTx2019.pdf or stop by the City office and we will be glad to give you a hard copy.  As we look forward to finally beginning the contracting and construction on the water treatment system in the next couple of months, we should eventually resolve all of the concerns regarding our local water quality, but it is good for anyone who is worried about it to get the report and get specific answers to your questions. 

      I have said before in this column that the only sure thing for the past several months is that our situations are going to change, and it seems that in the past week they have again shifted.  The COVID-19 virus that we all are aware of is not being killed out by the hot Texas summer, and although it might be 100 degrees outside, the positive cases continue to explode and hospitals are getting to the point of being full in most major cities around the state.  Here in Mason we still have a remarkably low case load of only two positive tests at the moment, but it is likely that will also change in the coming weeks as we see the impact of our population recently getting back to business as usual.  If you or a friend or family member begin to feel sick, please immediately self-quarantine and call the clinic to get a COVID test.  They are no fun, but it is important for all of our community to identify our sick residents as soon as possible and try to keep the spread from gaining the upper hand again in our town. 

     Recognizing and filtering out what matters from the rising sea of misinformation has become a daunting task, but it seems that most experts agree that the one important thing that each of us can do is wear a mask and take responsibility for reducing the likelihood of spreading this disease to our neighbors and family.  There have been several revealing studies that have shown the impact of wearing a mask on the spread of this virus, and the most valuable scenario is when everyone is taking the step of wearing a mask in public and protecting each other.  I have been wearing one for weeks whenever I am out in public, and I can agree that it is not really comfortable on these hot summer days, but I love our community and the many people that contribute to it and I am committed to doing my part to protect my neighbors and my friends.  I understand that no true Texan likes to be told what to do, but do you think that avoiding this small amount of inconvenience is more important than the health of others in our community?  Do we have so little faith in our freedom and our laws that wearing a mask in these uncertain times will threaten this land we love and the liberty that we celebrate?  Do we care so little for our neighbors in this great hometown that we will selfishly not take the effort to wear a mask and protect our friends and family from an illness that is running rampant throughout our state?  It only takes a minute to Mask-up, and in a few weeks or months it will likely no longer be necessary, but right now it is a symbol of your care and concern for others when we see a mask on those we live and work with.   

     Dr. Horne and the Frontera Clinic have done a great job of dealing with the positive cases of COVID in our town and in preventing out-of-control spread, but it continues to be up to each of us to recognize the benefits of wearing a mask, respecting social distancing and maintain regular hand washing.  COVID-19 is not a fun disease to have, and it is primarily spread by droplets in the air carrying the virus from one person to the next.  This virus does not care if you are young or old, male or female, Republican or Democrat, well-informed or a conspiracy addict.  Masks lower risks, period.  Our independence and stubbornness have in part led to our country having 4% of the world's population, but today we have 25% of the total positive coronavirus cases.  I find the mask debate to be a strange way for us to argue about our freedoms, when in the end we find that our friends and neighbors fall ill and many thousands of Americans will die.  I suggest that we sacrifice a small fit of inconvenience and work together to get past this terrible chapter in our history, so that we can continue to make our community a truly great hometown in the center of the great state of Texas. 



 

      

 

      


    

      

  

  

  

     

       


       
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