With the bluebonnets starting to show along the highways and the trees budding out in green it is finally starting to look like spring. Of course with the cold mornings this week, and the news reports of snow in the northeast, there are times when we wonder if spring and summer will ever really get here. On the other hand, if you look at the calendar of events and all of the fundraisers and activities in Mason you know for sure that the spring season is fully underway. There have already been several special activities and many more in the coming weeks, so pick the ones that mean the most to you and make sure you put them on your calendar to enjoy and support.
The City of Mason is equally busy with the spring time as our crews work to keep the parks trimmed and mowed, improve the streets in preparation of paving this summer and manage the water system and the waste water plant to maintain their proper functioning. This spring the City will also start a significant construction project as we rebuild and improve the sewer plant so that it will provide the needed service for years to come. I have mentioned this project several times, but as we finalize the plans and begin soliciting bids for the work it will take most of the energy and attention of the staff to keep up with the various stages of activity. I will explain more about this project as we begin the actual construction so that it is clear what we are doing and what we expect to accomplish.
The City has also just purchased a new backhoe to use in the regular maintenance of our utility systems as well as being used in the construction at the sewer plant. There are a few other pieces of equipment that we are considering purchasing to meet specific needs, and several of our staff are attending special training to better meet the needs of their jobs. I have just attended two days of training on Public Funds Investing as required by state law, and Commissioner Anna Velez is signed up to do that same training. In addition to all of these activities, we are also preparing for the spring election for a Commissioner to represent District 2; and we are looking at updating some of the Ordinances that have been on the books for several years and need some minor revisions.
It is a busy time in Mason for everyone and the City is just as busy as our residents with the needs of Spring. However, if you have ideas of suggestions of ways we can improve and better serve our community, please let us know so that we can add them to the “to do” list if possible. Mason is a great place to live and work, and with your help and support we can all know and enjoy the very best hometown in Texas.
Your friend and neighbor, Brent Hinckley