Last Thursday evening we had an open house type meeting at the Eckert Civic Center to discuss and answer questions regarding the proposed bridge projects in the City of Mason. Representatives of TxDOT were present to provide detailed information since they are the ones who are providing the designs and will oversee construction, and several City elected officials and staff were present to provide practical explanations and hear the concerns that citizens and neighbors might have. It was a very good gathering and well attended, and I sincerely hope that the concerns and questions were heard and answered and that as we proceed the problems can be fairly dealt with and the issues will be minimized as they are discussed. One thing that struck me was the wide variety of incorrect assumptions and the errors that the public “knows” and fears, while the actual facts and situation are considerably less of a problem than most people expect. There are still several more months before the final designs and contracts are prepared, and even longer before work is begun or the bridges are ready for use, so if you have more questions or concerns we would very much like to hear them and provide good information or answers. If you have any problems with the bridge issues, or any other concerns of the City, please feel free to bring them to my attention and we will work to answer your questions.
The City has also been overseeing the heavy construction being done at the sewer plant and the extensive dirt moving that has been going on. The first two new ponds are taking shape and pond three is being extended significantly, and at the same time the other two existing ponds are being used to maintain the treatments and provide waste water services for the City. Last week we also had an inspection by TCEQ of our waste water facility and had no significant violations or issues, which considering the changes in the regulations in the past year and the confusion of a major construction project on site is an amazing reflection on the capabilities and dedication of the City staff to their jobs and all that is involved in providing good services to our residents. Of course there are a number of other projects that the departments of the City are working on at all times, and generally speaking things are going very good and the problems we encounter daily can be dealt with and we can move on to improving our town.
The City has many different projects to consider in the coming months, but one of the most important that our individual residents need to look at is who you would like leading our town. This spring three of the elected officials of our City are up for election, and now is the time for interested candidates to ask questions and consider this possibility. If you are interested and would like more information, please take a minute to discuss it with one of our currently elected officials, or you can talk to the City Secretary Pattie Grote who is in charge of elections. Also, if you are interested in being informed of just what is going on in the City, our next regular City Commission meeting is on Monday, February 10 at 5:30 p.m. at the Eckert Civic Center. At that meeting we will be hearing some reports about local activities and discussing and reaching decisions about issues such as an alley closure, improvements at the Recycling Center, a TCEQ agreed order on water issues, and an investment report explaining how we are planning to pay for the current construction at the WWTP, to list a few. There are always several things happening around the City of Mason, but I are pleased that most everything I am aware of is part of the improvement of our town and directed to making this the very best hometown in Texas.
Your friend and neighbor, Brent