Last week the PUC heard final comments about the CREZ transmission lines in this area and confirmed the previous understandings we had that they would not commit to build those large towers and power lines through Mason County. The orders will be signed on January 24, but the decision was to route the lines cross country from the new McCamey D substation to IH-10 west of Junction, then parallel the interstate and bypass the Kimble County Airport at Junction south of IH-10 between the airport and the city. It will continue to parallel IH-10 through Kerrville until near Comfort where it turns east and south to enter the Kendall substation. This is a remarkable triumph for the Mason viewpoint on this issue, and much thanks goes to the many concerned and involved citizens as well as the elected officials of Mason and surrounding communities for their diligence in protecting the scenic and historic heritage that we all enjoy in the Hill Country. If you would like to see a map of the final route, email me at email@example.com and I will forward you a link or print off a copy for you.
There are other local issues that need attention in the next few weeks. In addition to the discussion I talked about last week about the possibility of a night-time curfew for the city, the City staff is working on how to respond to renewed complaints about inoperable vehicles, weedy and trashy lots and buildings, and other nuisance situations. This will be discussed with the City Commission at our next meeting, but if you have concerns or suggestions now would be a good time to talk about them with your Commissioners or the City Administrator, or stop me whenever you see me about town and let us know your ideas.
Another local concern that would benefit from community awareness is the spring municipal elections for Commissioners to represent District 2 and District 4. Election day is not until May 14, 2011, which seems to be a long way off, but the candidates must file for this election between February 12 and March 14 which is just around the corner. If you would like to know more about what is involved in serving the community in this way, or if you know someone who would be a good Commissioner, it would be good to be fully informed about the position and I would encourage you to talk with one of the elected officials or the City Administrator about all that is involved. This is one way our concerned citizens can commit to improving our community, but we encourage everyone to share your ideas, suggestions or concerns at anytime and we will try to include your comments when we make decisions affecting our town. Together we can make Mason a better place to live and work, and we can continue to improve and make this the best hometown in Texas.
Your friend and neighbor, Brent Hinckley