I want to remind everyone of one of the City services that can be very helpful but I am not sure many people use on a regular basis. The City has a website at www.mason.tx.citygovt.org that contains a great deal of information and a number of documents that might help you and answer some questions with just a quick look.
For instance, right now one of the regular questions we have at the City office concerns the hours and types of swimming sessions at the City swimming pool. We have a handout at the office, but we also have all of the information on the website, so a quick look might give you an answer faster than looking up the City office phone number and placing a call. I also wrote the information about the swimming pool in a recent City Corner, and that is currently posted on the website as well.
The City Website also contains some other information that you might find very useful at particular times. The emergency and weekend telephone numbers for both the electric department and the water and waste water department are on the front page so that if you have problems during off times you can quickly call the right people to get help. The site also has links to information such as how to contact City Commissioners by email, photos of some of the administrators and department crews, you can research some of the most requested City Ordinances, there are downloadable forms for several City permits, services and employment, and the Rate and Fee Schedule is available. There is current weather and maps and directions around town, information about water restrictions and water quality, a copy of the current budget of the City and the required notifications of water system violations for combined radium and gross alpha which we have been reporting and dealing with for many years.
Overall, the website has a lot of information and the answer to many of your questions, so I encourage you to make use of it, and if you have suggestions or ideas of how we can improve it just let us know.
There is another reason I wanted to point out the website and its value, because we are anticipating
using it for another important task in the next few weeks. Every year, prior to the first of July, the City has to publish the Consumer Confidence Report that gives a summary of any impurities in our public water system that are beyond the allowances of the Safe Drinking Water Act. In January of this year the EPA made a new ruling that this report could be “delivered” to our customers electronically if we met certain notification rules. At the City office, each June this report is a significant interruption of the regular activities and the additional costs of postage add several hundred dollars to our expenses. There have been minimal changes in the contents of this report during the past few years, but we are required to make it available to anyone who asks and “deliver” it to every water customer in town. We have last year’s report posted on our website, and in the next couple of weeks we will have a special URL address for the current report and will notify all of our customers with a special message on the back of next month’s utility bills. I will talk about this report and our modern delivery in the next couple of City Corner columns, but today you can begin to find some special information on our website at www.mason.tx.citygovt.org and not have to wonder about some of the issues in your hometown.
One of the most important goals I have had for the City of Mason over the past several years has been to stay in good communication with all of our residents. I would like to be able to talk with each of you on a regular basis, but of course that is impossible with the many different activities and commitments we each have. However, I hope through the columns I write, the website we have built and the other ways I have tried to reach out and communicate, that you know most of what is going on in town and feel a part of this community that we all call home. If there is other ways we can keep in touch, please let me know so that together we can continue to work together to make this the best hometown in Texas.
Your friend and neighbor, Brent Hinckley