It is a day after Christmas and the wrapping paper and boxes have been gathered for the trash and recycling, the leftovers still fill the refrigerator and most people are trying to figure out what else needs to be done before the end of the week. I hope each of you had a joyous and blessed Christmas time with family and friends and are preparing to welcome the New Year with a careful celebration and a commitment to new resolutions that might last more than a week or two.
Around the City we are in the midst of shifting from 2012 to 2013 and are ready to commit ourselves to continuing to serve our community and building the best hometown in Texas. The modified trash pickup schedule should be published in another article in this paper, and then after New Years we will be back on the regular schedule for the coming weeks. Also, the leaf pickup truck has gone through the neighborhoods 4 times in the past few weeks, but if you have more leaves to rake up then you can bag them up and call the City office and we will sent a truck by to pick up the bags and dump them in our brush pile so that we keep them out of the actual landfill. We will have somewhat reduced hours at the City office with the staff off after all the regular work is completed on Monday, December 31 and a full day off on New Year’s Day, but our emergency crews will be on standby for any issues that might arise.
With the start of another month there is one other issue that we need to announce and make known to our citizens. With the extra confusion of starting January with a holiday, and following very shortly with the annual stock show, we have chosen to delay our regular City Commission meeting for one week and will have that meeting on January 21. There are a few somewhat complex concerns that need to be discussed and the Commission will need to act on, and the extra week will allow us to be prepared and present all the information needed to make good decisions. If you have not attended a City Commission meeting or if you have a concern that needs to be seriously considered by the City, be assured that everyone is welcome to come to any of our meetings and we are ready at anytime to hear about the issues or suggestions that our residents have for our town.
With the start of this New Year I hope that more of our residents will consider making a resolution to be more active in the City’s recycling efforts. Last week we had an interesting call in the office when a TCEQ reviewer inquired about the annual report we had sent in for our landfill. It seems that the annual tonnage and cubic yards of garbage that we reported for the past year was considerably less than in previous years and they called just to be sure that we had reported the correct volume added to our landfill. After reviewing the numbers we could easily assure them that yes our landfill had received over 15% less garbage recently because the Recycling Center had been so active and has more than doubled its volume in the past couple of years. The volume of trash is about the same, but our residents have diverted more of it every year to the Recycling Center. The City of Mason is very proud of all the recycling that our residents have done, and now we one of the few towns that recycle such a large percentage of the total garbage generated, with the Mason average about 30% of all garbage being recycled. Our residents should be proud of what we have done with this one program, but if you have not recycled all that you could in the past year now is a great time to commit to more recycling and encourage your friends and neighbors to make a New Year’s resolution to join the recycling community.
Your friend and neighbor, Brent Hinckley