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City Corner
Wednesday, May 25, 2011 • Posted May 25, 2011

There have been some news articles during the past couple of weeks that have again stirred up the issues regarding the quality of the local drinking water and the radionuclide contamination. The news reports did not mention Mason specifically, but did talk about problems in the Hickory Aquifer that provides our local water supply, and most of these are problems we are very aware here at the City. The Staff and I continue to make every effort to maintain the lowest possible Radium 226 &228 readings with our current systems and financial situation, and our annualized average is marginally above the required levels due to our management of the well pumping schedule. We continue to look for reasonable solutions, and in fact had another consulting engineer in the office last week to discuss this very problem. In addition we are awaiting TCEQ approval of our proposed reverse osmosis system so that we can begin providing a distribution station for treated water that will be available for every citizen who wants to stop and get completely clean water. We are hoping to have the roadblocks out of the way very soon so that we can proceed with this service to our community, and appreciate your patience as we wait on the state bureaucracy to give us the green light. If you have any questions or concerns about this please get in touch with me or the City Administrator and we will try to get information and answers for you.There have been a couple of new additions to the City staff that I would like to introduce, and we are pleased that we at the City of Mason can better serve you. We started this year with a new person in the job of Building Official and Code Enforcement Officer, and Greg Mitchell has proven to be a valuable addition to our staff. He came to us with numerous professional certifications and several years of experience as inspector, building official and planning consultant with a number of towns in North Texas, but wanted to move to Mason County and has added a significant level of professionalism to our staff. Greg has proven to be very knowledgeable and competent in providing guidance on planning and zoning issues, completing inspections for construction around town and working with citizens to correct code violations in Mason. Greg is easy to work with and if you have any questions or concerns about any issue relating to zoning, construction permits or regulations, development plans, or municipal code concerns please contact him through the City office at 347-6449 and he will be glad to help. More recently we have had to look for a new Municipal Court Judge after our recent Judge, Jill Williams, made the decision to move out of Mason after school is out. We are sad to lose Jill and her very capable handling of this position, but we are also pleased to welcome Tom Tannehill as our new Judge. Mr. Tannehill retired to Mason a few years ago, but previously he worked for the San Antonio police force for over thirty years in several different positions and brings a wealth of experience and knowledge. We will be sending him to “judge’s school” in the next couple of months, but he has already begun working and has proven to be an asset to our vision of serving the community of Mason. Tom has expressed a eagerness to assist the community in some areas that we on the Commission have some concerns about, specifically in areas of crime prevention and in coordination with the schools and parents providing education for our children in preventing drug and alcohol abuse. We expect Mr. Tannehill to be another valuable addition to the City staff, and we hope that with his help we can continue to improve our community and provide a better hometown for all of us. The municipal elections a couple of weeks ago did not result in any changes to the City Commission, and we are moving ahead to continue the progress we have made in making Mason the best community in the Hill Country. There are several new projects that we will be considering and letting you know about in the next couple of months, and as we begin working on the budget process for the next year if you have any ideas or suggestions for new or improvement of City services or infrastructure please let us know. This is your community and our job at the City is to help make it a great place to live and work, and together we will continue the progressive programs that will make Mason the very best hometown in Texas. Your help and ideas are very much appreciated. Your friend and neighbor, Brent Hinckley

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