There was a great crowd at the Firemen’s Bar-b-que on Saturday evening and I believe they did very well raising funds for the continued operations of the Fire Department. This is a special group of men, and their families, who volunteer to help others whenever and wherever they are needed, and show up every time there is an emergency in our County, so if you see them around town tell them a special “THANK YOU”. If you could not get there Saturday and would like to donate some extra money to help them continue improving their service, I am sure they would be glad to hear from you. On the City calendar this coming week, if you are a resident of District 2 in the City of Mason, you have the opportunity to vote to choose the Commissioner to represent you on the City Commission for the coming two years. Early voting has just concluded, but Election Day is this coming Saturday, May 11, and you can come by the City office and vote between 7:00 am and 7:00 pm.
Last week I mentioned the need for our residents to keep standing water to a minimum around town so that we do not provide good breeding grounds for the mosquito population. One of the best ways to deal with standing water if you cannot drain it is to use a “mosquito dunk” which is a disk that floats in standing water and releases a poison that will kill the larvae and keep the mosquitoes from ever becoming pests. A citizen suggested last year that the City could provide those and be proactive rather than just relying on spraying to keep the pests under control later in the summer. We took that idea as a good one and now have them available for free distribution at the City office. If you have a problem with standing water and would like to prevent some of the swarms of mosquitoes that just one hatch will produce, come by the City office and we will give you some “mosquito dunks” to use at your house. It will not prevent every mosquito pest in town, but a little preventative action will reduce the problem and reduce the need for spraying to kill them at a later time.
Another project that I have mentioned should finally get underway this week with the replacement of many more of the street lights around the square with the high efficiency LED lights. Soon the parking in front of the Odeon should be significantly better lit and the south side of the Square should also be bright and fully visible, and we ordered some extras for use in other areas as well. I have been very pleased with the change of these street lights, and we will continue to work to upgrade our system, but apparently there are many other towns that are trying to make these changes since we had to wait over two months for this order of lights to come in. This is another improvement to our community that came from a resident suggesting a positive change, in this case it was Alpha Beta Psi service group donating the first LED light for the Comanche Creek Park and giving us a real life example of how to change something for the better.
The City crews are also working to get the swimming pool ready for the coming summer season. We have been planning to make some improvements each year and adding something to top last year’s spiral slide might be difficult, but this year we are working to provide some much needed shade on the south side of the pool for those who want to sit and watch their children play. It has always been very hot and bright, but the crews are building substantial frames to hold shade cloth over the grassy area and benches to provide needed shade. In future years the shade cloth can be replaced when it wears out, but the frames are being built to last many years and provide an added benefit for many swim seasons to come.
Mason is a great place to live and work, and we will continue to work to improve our community, but if you have ideas or suggestions we would be glad to hear from you. In the next few weeks we will begin to work on the budget for the coming fiscal year, and a part of that process is to brainstorm ideas for goals and projects that would improve our town and the City’s service to our citizens. If you would like to have some input or voice your ideas please find one of the City Commissioners or stop me and visit for a few minutes and share your thoughts and suggestions.
Your friend and neighbor, Brent Hinckley