Last Wednesday many landowners and concerned citizens had a chance to visit with LCRA representatives and gain information from materials presented about the routes under consideration in this region. Important to most of us is the proposed route that would bring Transmission Lines and their 180 foot towers through Mason County. Your elected officials, most everyone who has a knowledge of the proposal, and every Mason resident I have spoken to in the past four months about this issue is opposed to the route through Mason County, and over three hundred citizens peacefully showed up to get more information and voice their concerns about the possibilities. However, the process of voicing our protests and making sure our opinions are heard in Austin is not through and everyone who can still needs to stay involved in the ongoing considerations.
Next week the Hill Country Heritage Association will be meeting to discuss the issues and ways to respond, and everyone is invited to be at the School Cafeteria on the evening of March 2. Also, we need to continue to write letters to the Public Utilities Commission to register our concerns and voice opposition to this route that would steal the scenic heritage of our corner of Texas. Your elected officials have been meeting with LCRA, representatives of PUC, Texas Parks and Wildlife and US Fish and Wildlife and we will continue to work hard to be sure that Mason is protected to the best of our abilities for future generations, but we need your support and help to be heard and to have the possibility of effecting the decisions. If you need more information or would like to know how you can help, let us know and we will provide resources and directions.
Locally, the City of Mason has been moving forward in tackling several problems around town. Last week someone complained about potholes, and this morning several employees were out repairing and fixing some of the worst problems before the weather changes. We have established a project list and timeline for fixing several concurrent problems at the landfill and the waste water treatment plant, and now all of the materials are ordered or in place and city crews are working to resolve the problems. We are in the process of interviewing and hiring a couple of more workers for the streets and the park and expect to be in better shape to meet the needs as spring greets us in the next few weeks. A Fire Hydrant that has been leaking and causing a unintended "stream" along Westmoreland for the past few weeks has been corrected, and City Staff is working to identify weaknesses in the coverage of fire hydrants so that we can provide full protection throughout town.
There is a real sense of moving forward in the City crews and around the City Office, and I have to point to the effective leadership of our new City Administrator, John Palacio, as one of the best positive changes I have seen in the past several years. If you have problems or concerns, or if you see a spot we need to pay special attention to, please let us know in the City Office and we will try to find a resolution as promptly as possible. Mason is a great place to call home, and working together we will keep this the best hometown in Texas.
Your friend and neighbor, Brent Hinckley