The primary thing going on in my office at the current time is Early Voting for our municipal elections. Since we are efficiently using every square foot of the City offices these days, my office seemed to be the only available space to set up the early voting booths, so I am working around some extra activities and space uses. If you live in District 2 and would like to vote during the early voting which started on Monday, please stop by the City offices and I will be glad to “share” my office. This year that is the only contested election so come in before May 7 or come by on May 11 for Election Day, and if you have any questions just call the City office at 347-6449 and we will try to help you.
As always there are several things going on around town to improve things. Most all of the crews have been involved in cleaning out some brush and making more usable space behind the rodeo stands, and also moving the electrical lines around the livestock pens (rather than through them) and improving the area for the Rodeo activities. Our street crews are also working to fix up some of the most used streets in town so that if we can get a roadway contractor to come to Mason we can have a number of our streets top-coated. Our Recycling crew is working hard to keep up with the constant flow of materials, and I understand that since the tire recycling was so successful they are planning to get another trailer in the next couple of months to promote more tire collection.
Another issue came to my attention as I was working outside last week and was swarmed by mosquitoes! Now is the time to clean up around your house and make sure that there is no standing water for the pesky insects to live and breed in. It is much more effective to remove their habitat, cut the tall grass and tip over anything that holds any water for long, and if you have standing water that you cannot disperse you might consider putting some mosquito poison “dunks” in the water to kill the larvae. We are looking into getting some that we can distribute to citizens and will let you know when we get some, and we will plan to spray insecticide at the right places that are particularly an issue in the next couple of months. We will let you know our schedules when we start these activities, but now is the time for you to take the steps to avoid the worst of the problem in your yard and your neighborhood this summer.
As summer approaches, we are working on all of the extra issues that need attention. The City has hired plenty of young people to be lifeguards for the pool, and we expect to open it before the end of May, particularly for special end-of-school parties. The Parks are being mowed and trimmed to be used by all of the many people and teams that have outdoor activities and sports planned. May is always a busy time of year and Mason is moving ahead in all of the right ways, and if you have any ideas or suggestions we would be glad to hear from you. Together we can continue to improve our community and make this the best hometown in the Hill Country.
Your friend and neighbor, Brent Hinckley