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CITY COMMISSION REGULAR MEETING 

Monday, January 20th, 2020@ 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.

 

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 Vickie or Celeste 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.

**Reminder** 

City of Mason is ONLY picking up Bagged leaves only.  Please DO NOT PILE LEAVES on the street or curbs.   Please call when your leaves are bagged.

90 DAY BURN BAN

 Effective 8:00a.m.,  Tuesday, January 14, 2020 Mason County will be under a 90 Burn Ban by Executive Order of the Mason County Commissioners Court

 City Corner

CITY CORNER by Mayor Brent Hinckley

 

   

The last two articles I have written have included information regarding the spring municipal elections and the opportunity our residents have to consider serving our community.  I have been asked a number of times during the past several weeks if I intend to run again for Mayor and my answer is the same as it has been for the past two years, “I have served as Mayor long enough and it is now time for someone else to take up that job.”  I suspect a few citizens are beginning to believe me, but I assure you that after 15 years in this job I feel confident it is time for me to “retire”.  During these past years I have chaired over 200 meetings of the City Council, written well over 600 of these weekly columns, and spent countless hours in meetings with City staff, lawyers, engineers and state regulators working out details of providing our town with water, electricity, sewer and garbage services.  Yes there is a paycheck at the end of the month, but it isn’t big and the hourly wage comes out to about $4.00 per hour, or perhaps less, so none of your City elected officials have ever taken the job to get rich!  Mason does not have term limits and I feel sure that having consistent leadership has stabilized the often rocky road of keeping a city on track.  However, when I recently realized that the ever present and constantly in use iPhone was introduced two years after I was elected Mayor, it does seem that I might have served long enough and it might be time for a change!  While there have been many challenges during the past fifteen years,  I will repeat what I have said before, there are few jobs which can provide the satisfaction and feeling of accomplishment to compare to providing leadership in a progressive and supportive community like Mason.

      The City of Mason is in great shape currently, and in the next two or three months we should begin the initial steps in constructing the new Landfill.  Also, as soon as the environmental regulators finish their review of the design and plans for our new water treatment system, that project too will begin construction, probably during the coming summer.  If all goes well, both of these major improvements to the quality of life in Mason should be complete and serving our community in about twelve months.  In addition, the City crews continue to take care of the many daily jobs and projects that are needed to keep the water flowing, the power on and all the other services functioning properly.  Certainly there are a variety of other projects that would improve our infrastructure and services, but these are being considered through the Planning Workshops been going on for many years and which met in early December and will continue in a couple of weeks.  There are continuing needs, but with a proactive approach these issues will be dealt with and small problems will not become big ones.  In so many ways the City of Mason is in great shape, and the only real concern that I have is the need for wise, committed and progressive citizens with a good bit of common sense to step up and provide the leadership that will take our community into the next decade.  In the spring elections this year the Mayor as well as at least two Commissioner positions will be on the ballot. The filing period for these positions has just opened and will continue until February 14.  If you have an interest in being a part of the continuing progress of our community, now is the time to take action and put your name on the ballot to serve the best hometown in Texas. 

      If you want to be informed on the specific issues that are currently being considered by your City Commission, our next regular meeting will be this coming Monday, January 20 at 5:30 pm at the Eckert Civic Center.  The agenda will include a couple of issues that were tabled at the last meeting, the consideration of a Historical Preservation Ordinance to regulate only the possible demolition of specific historic structures, including those that were built before 1911, and the decision of how to choose a candidate for the vacant position on the Commission representing District 2.  There will be a few other issues on the agenda, such as approving the municipal election on May 2, discussing a request for stop signs on Westmoreland and setting the date and agenda for our next Planning Workshop.  The Planning Workshop will be on Monday, January 27 at 1:30 in the afternoon and like every meeting of the City Commission it is open to the public and you are encouraged to attend if you wish to get a better idea of the future projects and decisions that will be needed.  There are many different steps as our town moves forward into the future, but I am very confident that with wise leadership the issues and concerns can be addressed and our City can continue to provide the services and activities that we have all come to appreciate and better understand.  My only real concern about the future of Mason is that we continue to have good candidates for the elected positions, residents that are willing to dedicate the time and effort to keep Mason a great place to live and work.  If you think you might want to consider being one of those candidates I would be glad to visit with you and share some of my experience and thoughts on our great town.  I look forward to stepping aside in a few months and letting a new team take on the leadership and decision making for the best hometown around. 

     

       


       
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