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Anna Velez Selected as Mayor Pro-Tem
Wednesday, June 16, 2010 • Posted June 16, 2010

During their regularly scheduled meeting on Monday, the City of Mason Commission made quick work of their short agenda.

The meeting began with the swearing in of District 3 Commissioner, Bob Vacek. The proceedings for District 1 Commissioner, Jared Carter, and for Mayor Brent Hinckley, had been done during the May meeting; but, Vacek was absent at that meeting.

Though Commissioner Anna Velez had been unable to return to Mason from Abilene in time for Monday night's meeting, the commissioners selected her as the Mayor Pro-Tem for the next year. She will serve in the absence of Mayor Hinckley, and she follows Commissioner William Beaty who formerly held that position.

On a final reading of a proposal to lease part of the Ft. Mason City Park to the Mason Youth Soccer Association, the motion was approved after reviewing the final layout of the fields and the contract agreements.

The City revised its bonding requirements for contractors down from $50,000 to $5,000, based upon recommendations from bonding agents. This lowered amount is more easily met by most contractors working in the City.

The Commission approved a motion for City Administrator John Palacio to hire two summer employees to help out with the street, water, sewer and parks department. The two employees will be hired on at $10 per hour.

Mayor Brent Hinckley presented some proposed changes to the City's wholesale power agreement with LCRA, based upon recent negotiations with the City of San Marcos and LCRA. The commissioners opted to review those changes and to wait till a later meeting to act upon them.

The meeting adjourned at 6:42 p.m. A meeting to discuss budget issues has tentatively been set for June 28 at 5:30 p.m. The next regularly scheduled meeting of the commission will be July 12, 5:30 p.m., at the Richard P. Eckert Civic Center.

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