The past several columns I have tried to share with you the status of various projects and departments around the City and some of the planning and directions we are anticipating for the coming year or more. In the several years that I have been Mayor I have never been as excited as I am right now about the positive directions we are taking in serving our community better and the satisfaction of the activities and projects we have already completed. The City of Mason is definitely working to become the very best hometown in Texas, and I am glad to be a part of it and hope you are glad to be a resident at this exciting time.
I have asked many times for your suggestions or comments on how to improve our town, and each year brings another opportunity for some of our citizens to become even more actively involved in helping to run our great City. This year we have two seats on the City Commission that are open for election, Commissioners for District 2 and District 4, and if you really want to be involved in your City’s government now is a good time to consider running for office. Election Day is not until later this spring on May 11, but the filing period for these positions has already begun. You can file the proper paperwork to be on the ballot for either of these positions until March 1, and if you are interested please come by the City office and visit with Pattie Grote, the City Secretary and Election Official, and she can tell you everything you need to know about the process. We will also have our next regular City Commission meeting next Monday, February 11, at 5:30 pm at the Eckert Civic Center, if you just have something that needs the Commissions attention, and as always these meetings are open to the public and you are welcome to attend and share your thoughts, ideas and opinions.
One current project of the City that might be of interest to you is the annual Spring Clean-up and free dumping at the Landfill. We have scheduled this for the last weekend in February for this year and we have planned for a trailer to be on site to accept used and discarded tires from the community. In the past this has been a great opportunity for people to dispose of the old tires that lay around, collect water and contribute to the stagnant water problem that produces mosquitoes. If you have old tires around your place, or know of some at another location, this is a great opportunity to really help clean up Mason and make our town a better place to live. We are also working on providing additional collections for other items like batteries during this clean-up, as well as providing free dumping, so make your plans and next week I will explain in this column the full schedule and set out the rules for our efforts. Together we will continue to improve our hometown, and if you have any questions or suggestions, please feel free to call me or the City staff and we will try to find the right answers for the best benefit of our community.
Your friend and neighbor, Brent Hinckley