Very often the primary focus of conversations that elected officials have is to listen to complaints, suggestions, or general comments about how the city or county works and what the individual would like to see changed. Listening to the input from citizens is one of the primary duties that we have, and I have heard many good and reasonable ideas as well as some unreasonable complaining during the past several years. Every spring there is an opportunity for some of those citizens that want to be sure their concerns are heard to take an action that will put them in a position to make changes, and that is the election process for the officials that help direct your city government. The election for municipal officials is not until May 8 this year, but the filing period for individuals interested in serving our community is at hand.
This year three positions on the City Commission will be open, and if you have ever considered running for an office I would encourage you to make an effort to seriously consider the ways you might be able to contribute to our town. The positions of Mayor as well as two Commissioners, District 1 and 3, will expire and need to be filled this spring, and filing for these positions must be between February 6 and March 8, so now is the time to consider the possibilities of your involvement. The job of elected official is to attend all called meetings of the Commission, which is generally just once a month, and to be aware of the ongoing issues and actions of the city as it seeks to serve our community. And yes, a big part of the job is to listen to the citizens as they voice ideas or concerns about our town. If you want more information or would like to visit about the job and the expectations, please let me know and I will be glad to make some time to fill in all the details. The City Commission will be officially setting the election at our regular meeting next Monday evening, but now is a good time to begin considering possibilities if you have ever imagined yourself as an official and public servant of our community.
I also want to take this opportunity to encourage you to put February 17 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on your calendar for the Open House meeting with LCRA to review and comment on the Transmission Line routes that might affect Mason County. This is open to everyone in the public, and if we want to have our voice heard and our concerns noted, we need to make this a priority and be certain that everyone in our county understands the importance of attending. If we want to preserve the natural beauty of our county, if we treasure the rural lifestyle and the uncluttered horizons, if we value the heritage and scenery our forefathers left for our generation and generations to come we must be vocal and proactive to let the planners and bureaucrats know how we feel about this. I hope to see you there on February 17, and if you want more information just let me know.
Your friend and neighbor, Brent Hinckley
Editor's Note: The incumbents holding city elected positions are, District 1 - Jared Carter; District 3 - Bob Vacek; and, Mayor - Brent Hinckley