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Wednesday, January 21, 2009 • Posted January 21, 2009

I want to start out today reminding all of our residents about the power outage that is being scheduled for this week. Our residents should be aware that between Friday night, January 23 and Saturday morning, January 24 the City of Mason will be “turned off” for about four hours.

LCRA needs to change a major switch at the substation, and consequently starting at about midnight they will turn off all of the power for the period of time it will take them to complete the changeover. Since most of us are not particularly active at those hours it will not inconvenience too many citizens; however, if you need power during that time for medical or other special needs please make arrangements or let us know at the city office and we will try to help you plan how best to deal with this situation.

Another project I mentioned in last week’s column is definitely under way, and that is the brush clearing of the creek bed in Comanche Creek. The city crews have been at work, no problems have shown up, and the progress is starting to show with cleared brush and a well defined channel for the water that will come with the next rain. There are several such projects around the city that have been talked about and planned for a long time that are beginning to be dealt with. Another that should be underway in the next couple of months is the extension of the main water lines to eventually loop the entire city. The first portion of the construction will provide additional water lines and water pressure to the Mason School campus and provide additional fire hydrants to provide protection in case of fire at that location. This problem has been talked about for many years and I am pleased that we will be working this spring to finally begin providing a solution.

Later this spring we will also be having an expanded “spring clean-up” for the city and county in addition to our regular “free dump” day at the city landfill. We are scheduling Saturday, March 28 to be a Household Recyclables Collection day at the Recycling Center as well as extra services that day at the landfill. In addition to the regular items accepted for recycling at the Recycle Center, such as cardboard, plastics, steel and aluminum cans, glass bottles and automotive oil and filters, we will be set up to collect some special items that we are not regularly able to take. This will include car and light truck tires, computers and cell phones, TVs (although no wooden cabinets), lead-acid and rechargeable batteries, latex and water based paints, and appliances that have Freon that must be removed before disposal. We will not be able to handle hazardous wastes at either the landfill or the recycle center, nor any tires on rims, nor any agricultural chemicals. However, this will provide an additional reason to spend a few extra minutes doing some spring cleaning and this Household Recyclables Collection is being funded by a Supplemental Environmental Project agreement with the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality. This provides a new avenue to recycle some things that are not normally available locally, and is the follow-up of the City of Mason entering into an agreement to create this event as a result of settlements of an environmental enforcement action brought by TCEQ.

You win by disposing of some difficult items, the City wins by cleaning up, and the environment is better off if we all recycle.

Your friend and neighbor, Brent Hinckley

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