P.O. Box 68
Mason, TX 76856
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Mason, TX 76856
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Monday October 30, 2017 @ 5:30
Richard P. Eckert Civic Center
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PLANNING AND ZONING MEETING 5:30 OCTOBER 26, 2017
RICHARD P. ECKERT CIVIC CENTER
CITY CORNER by Mayor Brent Hinckley
The cooler weather is
certainly a pleasant change from the mid-90s that have still been with us until
just last week. If it stays cooler, I think we will all feel that summer
is really over for this year, and we can move on to enjoy the fall. One
real benefit right now is that the demands on our water system are down from
the higher usage a couple of months ago when our residents needed to water
their lawns and landscapes. Last week the new pump that we had installed
in early June at Well #1 burned out and will require repair or
replacement. We had a crew spend most of Friday pulling the pump out of
the well, along with the assistance of Gary Hahn, and it has been sent back to
the supplier to be replaced or fixed. The pump is under warranty, which
is good with the high cost of a new one, and with the lowered water demand our
system has not been overextended and we should have the problem fixed before
the end of this week. Just another one of those problems that seem to pop
out every week around the City.
Last week I did a
program for the Lion’s Club and covered some of the major projects that we have
been working on since the first of this year. As we get closer to the end
of the year, I am really amazed at the extent of challenges we have dealt with
over the past few months. We have reached conclusions about how to
address the radionuclide issues with our water supply, and are now taking steps
to reduce the contamination to meet EPA standards. There are still
several actions that will be required to bring this project to conclusion, and
those will take most of the next year or more, but the longest journey starts
with the first steps and we have made those and are working on the next steps
in the process. The same can be said for the community needs for a new
landfill. The application is partially complete, and even though we had a
significant setback several months ago when we determined that our rainfall
averages would not allow for an Arid Exemption, we are moving forward and are
addressing those more complex decisions.
Both of these
major projects have required numerous meetings with City staff and consultants,
and several trips out of town to talk with the right people. In addition,
there have been a few land use issues that have presented new challenges that
are different from our previous experiences. Whenever neighbors have a
difference of opinions on how they see land being used, there is a big
challenge to find the right and reasonable “middle ground” that might resolve
the complaints. There have been some of those in the past few months and
we have all learned some important lessons in the process.
And of course there are
always some new ideas that need to be considered, and if valuable then positive
action to make them practical for our uses. Presently we are considering
a new alternative daily cover for the landfill that would eliminate most of the
need for daily dirt coverage of the waste, which fills our landfill at almost
twice the rate the alternative might provide. It is an extra expense, but
extending our current landfill and providing a much better alternative for the
new landfill might be well worth the costs. We also have had a proposal
presented for a new solar farm generating renewable energy that might be a very
positive supplement to our purchased power from LCRA. It is still
preliminary, but it seems to have a potential to provide green power to benefit
our community in several ways.
There is progress being made in our community on
many different fronts. In my opinion, Mason is continuing to grow and
change in a way that truly does make us the best hometown in Texas.
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