Most of the City Commission meeting was fairly routine approvals for items that had already been discussed.
Approval of the Resolutions to offer three parcels of land for sealed bid auction, several to establish the compliance with federal HUD regulations related to the grant we have received for the Water Main project on the north side of town, one to accept the stimulus grant funds to be used for an energy efficient solution most likely replacing many of the street lights around Mason with better fixtures.
There was also discussion and approval of the quarterly investment report, budget amendments to balance the expenses prior to the end of the fiscal year, nomination of Commissioner Bob Vacek for a position on the Mason County Appraisal Board, and discussion of the procedures to use in ranking and subsequently interviewing candidates for the City Administrator position.
There was discussion, but no action, on a Grease Trap Ordinance which is being stressed by TCEQ to provide another tool in maintaining a well functioning waste water system. Because the Commission understands that this new requirement will affect every food service business in Mason, we want to be sure that the Ordinance we approve is as least intrusive while still meeting the guidelines of the regional inspectors, and we hope to have a Mason-friendly Ordinance ready for passage in the next few weeks.
The last item for discussion was the possible formation of a special commission to deal with the issue of the LCRA transmission lines routing through Mason County. This would involve a cooperative effort between the City and County, and I have called for a Special Meeting next Monday, October 26 at 5:00 pm to discuss and approve move to the next step.