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P.O. Box 68
Mason, TX  76856

124 Moody Street
Phone: 325-347-6449
Fax: 325-347-5955

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Mason, TX 76856

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CITY COMMISSION REGULAR MEETING Monday October 30, 2017 @ 5:30

Richard P. Eckert Civic Center

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PLANNING AND ZONING MEETING 5:30 OCTOBER 26, 2017

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 City Corner


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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