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Wednesday, March 13, 2013 • Posted March 15, 2013

The rains last Saturday and the pleasant temperatures and sunshine this week make us all look forward to Spring with a new anticipation. Of course it may be another week or two before I get used to the change in time and the dark mornings. There is always extra work around the City in the spring, with the grass growing again and needed mowing and the streets needing some additional care. The landfill is always busiest with people who missed the free dump days still doing spring cleanup and finding more trash to dump. The electric and water departments are adding new connections for the houses that are being built.

The City is also just starting to move forward with the actual bidding and construction at the waste water treatment plant. This week we will complete the Tax Note funding process that will allow us to begin with the sure knowledge that we will be able to pay for the entire project. The consulting engineers are working to finalize the plans and confirm the geotechnical information so that bid documents can be prepared in the next few weeks. We hope that work will begin in late spring, and although this project is pretty much out of sight for most of our residents, doing a good job and improving the sewer plant will help our community for decades to come.

One other activity of most every spring is the municipal election process, and this spring we have an election in just District 2. Incumbent Anna Velez is being challenged by John Shaft, and so if you are a resident of District 2 you can start early voting on April 29 and that will continue through May 7, and election day is Saturday, May 11. We will give more information about times when we get to that schedule, but if you have any questions call the City Secretary for information. In District 4, William Beaty was unopposed in the filing period, and so the City Commission has canceled the election for that particular District, so only residents of District 2 will be able to vote this year.

The City is staying busy this spring and things are going very well. If you have concerns or see some particular issue that needs to be addressed, please let us know so that we can address it properly. Mason is a great hometown, and our goal is to improve and make it an even better place to live and work for every resident.

Your friend and neighbor, Brent Hinckley

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