New Year’s is just behind us, the holiday decorations are coming down and being packed away until next fall and most of us are just trying to get back to a regular work schedule and catch up with the delayed projects that always clutter the first weeks of every year. There has been a good deal of illness around town and I hope that if you spent a part of the holidays in poor health that you are beginning to recover and feel better. The City crews were shorthanded for the past couple of weeks with vacation times and sick employees, but they managed to handle all of the regular services and meet the demands of the few emergencies that came up. It is great to have a good staff of committed and capable City employees, and they each deserve a special “thank you” for the extra efforts they have put forth in the past several weeks to keep our community in good shape.
The City of Mason starts the New Year prepared with an well maintained infrastructure and a sound fiscal basis for continued improvements. There are several projects that will be considered or started during 2013 and we will keep you informed as we move forward in the coming months. We have plans to rebuild the waste water treatment plant that is in need of some new design and maintenance after serving well for the past several decades. That project will involve a number of city crews and much supervision as we move forward, and the next month or two will be spent finalizing plans and working out the financing to assure the complete construction process over the next couple of years. The City has also completed an application for funding from the state to rebuild some of the sidewalks in the business district and add some in areas that do not have adequate and safe pedestrian paths. It will be several months before we hear if the funding will be available for our project, but if we do get approved that will involve another set of plans and significant issues to work out. We also expect in several months, near the end of this year, to begin to see more discussion and public involvement in the plans for the possible bridge across Comanche Creek on the north side of town; but we will keep you informed and let our residents know when action might begin on that project.
The City has a few other projects that we have begun to plan for and expect to deal with during this year. We have budgeted for significant street paving this year to catch up with the past couple of years when paving materials were just not available and the companies we contract with could not work our projects into their schedule. We are also discussing some changes in the facilities we have for our equipment and work crews that might get underway later this year. Then too there are always the somewhat regular projects that are more maintenance than new activity, but they will keep our crews busy and help to keep our community on the road to improving and continuing to be the best hometown in this part of Texas. This year is going to be a great one, and we are always interested in your ideas or suggestions to make Mason a better place to live and work. If you want to share your thoughts on what we can do to make our town better just stop me or one of the City Commissioners and let us know, or even better come to a City Commission meeting and voice your ideas. Our next Commission meeting will be Monday, January 21, at 5:30 in the Eckert Civic Center and you would be welcome to come and be a part of making 2013 a year of great things for Mason.
Your friend and neighbor, Brent Hinckley