P.O. Box 68
Mason, TX 76856
124 Moody Street
Emergency, Weekend and
After Hours Telephone Numbers
Water & Wastewater
For RV & Tent Camping
Fort Mason City Park
1015 San Antonio Hwy (Hwy 87 N)
Mason, TX 76856
CITY COMMISSION REGULAR MEETING
Monday October 15th, 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;
of Equal Housing Opportunity; Citizen Participation; the Fair Housing Policy;
and the Americans with Disabilities Act.
UTILITY BILL SCAM ALERT!!!
PLEASE NOTE A CITY OF MASON EMPLOYEE WILL NOT CALL YOU DEMANDING CREDIT OR DEBIT CARD INFORMATION FOR PAYMENT OF A BILL.
IF YOU ARE CONTACTED AND ASKED TO DO SO, HANG UP AND CALL THE SHERIFF'S OFFICE AT 325-347-5252
Beginning on August 6, if our water department finds that a City customer is watering after 10:00 in the morning and before 7:00 in the evening they will stop and turn off the water. A full explanation of the watering rules has been in recent papers, and we will republish them next week, but it is important that everyone begin using wise watering conservation so that we will all have enough water in the future.
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 CORNER by Mayor Brent Hinckley
For a few days the clouds have cleared off and we have seen some blue skies, and it has been a tremendous blessing to have the rains of the past couple of weeks. It has generally been a slow and soaking rain that our land needed, and with the changes this has brought the City is removing the Mandatory Water Conservation requirements regarding the usage of treated water for outdoor landscape watering and other household needs. We still very much suggest that our residents be wise in their use of water so as not to waste this precious resource, and we will continue the Voluntary Water Use plans to encourage the conservation of our water for the future. As we work towards an expensive water treatment system to remove the radionuclides in our water, we hope that everyone will be aware and cautious as you use water in and around your home, because the overall cost of that water will be higher for the City in the future. We have not seen a need to change the water rates that we charge our citizens at this time, but it may be necessary in the future to consider some changes, particularly for heavy residential usage.
In the next couple of months we will be discussing all of the service rates with the City Commission as we try to be fair and equitable in charging for the many services we provide. We expect to limit most of the increases to one time charges, such as for construction and improvements, or charges for specific City services such as RV rates at the City park. However, we also know that we may need to increase some regular residential rates such as garbage rates to offset the increased costs for developing and constructing our new landfill. Our residents have reasonable expectations of the services provided by our City, and we continue to work to improve what we do. At the same time labor and materials costs continue to increase and we need to make some changes to be certain that those costs are taken care of by the individuals who benefit directly. It has been three years since we last changed any of the City rates or fees, but we have to look at those rates occasionally to be sure they represent the true costs of the services and products we provide. I will keep you informed through this column as we discuss and make decisions, and if you have any concerns or thoughts please bring them to the attention of the City elected officials so that we can make wise and representative decisions.
The City continues to work to provide the many services and jobs that you expect, and to respond to the individual requests that come to our attention. One of the greatest difficulties to meeting everyone’s expectations is the constant need for more City employees to fully staff every department. I do not remember a single time in the past dozen years when the City was fully staffed, but recently we have been truly struggling to keep good employees and find new ones. If you know of anyone with reasonable skills, education and a good work ethic who might want to consider working for the public through City employment, please ask them to come by the office and fill out the employment application (it can also be found on-line on the City’s website). The only way we can respond to the continuing demands of our many residents is to have a complete staff, and until that happens we may seem to put off dealing with the specific issue you may have. I ask your patience and hope that you will be reasonable as you keep us aware of your concerns. Our goal is truly to serve our community as best as we can, but there are only so many workers and so many hours in a week, and sometimes those just will not stretch to fit all of the needs we see. Please continue to let us know your concerns, suggestions and problems and we will work to get to them as soon as we can. Working together we can continue to improve our community and make this the kind of hometown we all want.
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WE DO NOT ACCEPT AMEX CREDIT CARDS.