For the past four months I have had to answer many different questions as we have taken applications and interviewed to fill the position of City Administrator for Mason. We had nearly forty applications, many of which were very qualified, and after much consideration and discussion, the City Commission met last Friday, January 22, and moved forward to fill this important job. Beginning February 8 we expect to have Mr. John Palacio in the City office, and with a little time to adjust to the position we expect he will be a very good administrator. Many people around town know John since he was born and raised here and graduated from Mason High School. In the years since then he has served for twelve years in the US Army and National Guard and worked a number of years in the business world, most recently as General Manager of Operations for Central States Manufacturing. He brings a wide variety of business and management experience and convinced the Commission that he has the skills necessary to serve our community and lead our departments in providing excellent service to our citizens and our community. His wife, the former Deandra Asbill, and their two daughters will be moving as soon as school is out, and the entire family is excited to be a part of the Mason community again.
Another important date and issue for the citizens of Mason will be the upcoming Open House that LCRA will host to explain and solicit input about the routing of a transmission line through Mason county. That is planned for Wednesday, February 17 at the Community Building at the Park and everyone is invited to attend. We need to put it on our individual calendars and encourage everyone in the community to come and participate and make sure that LCRA and the PUC are informed of our opinions about this proposed change to our community. I personally feel that this would be a profoundly inappropriate scar on the beauty of our heritage and our landscape, and I am actively working to discourage any consideration of Mason County for this routing. I hope you will take some time to voice your opinions and be certain that the people who sit in offices in Austin realize how their decisions effect us in the heart of Texas!
There are a few local issues I need to also mention this week. We are continuing to run the leaf truck and collect leaves from residences that we know have raked them to the curb. We will continue this service until mid-February, and if you have piles of leaves please take a minute to call the city office at 347-6449 and let them know your address so that we can be sure and get by. Also, I was just informed today that the City of Mason has received the grant for some additional recycling trailers to be placed around town to encourage local recycling. The three trailers I proposed will be ordered in the next few days, and you can look forward to new locations to take your recycling, so look for more information in the next several weeks.
The City office was also told last week that an individual was going around town and offering to provide "water testing" to determine if your household water was "good". I do not know the full extent of what he might have been offering, but it was definitely NOT approved or sanctioned by the City and was actually in direct contradiction to our services. We take daily water samples to test for certain criteria, and send water samples off every month to a lab to test for other water qualities, and all of our data is available to anyone who would like the information. The City of Mason water supply is closely regulated by the state, and monitored by our own water department and there are very few changes that would provide better water for our citizens. If you have questions or would like to discuss this with City staff give us a call and we will be glad to help. Mason is a great town, and as you can see we are moving forward to preserve what we have and improve where we can. Next week I will talk about another way you could consider getting involved and helping to continue to make Mason the ver best hometown anywhere in Texas.
Your friend and neighbor, Brent Hinckley