This past weekend was the conclusion of the current Municipal election cycle with Election Day on Saturday. The City of Mason only had one District with a contested race, and Anna Velez won another term as City Commissioner with a strong margin of support from the limited voters of that District. There were only 34 votes in that election, but she had 29 of them and is the reelected Commissioner for District 2. It is good to have a continuation of experienced leadership lending a stability to the local politics, however the City Commission is always willing and encourages our Citizens to voice their opinions and ideas as we work together to improve and address the problems we have in our community. If you have something that needs attention please let your Commissioner, the City Administrator or me know and we will deal with it to the best of our abilities.
Things are going very well in most every aspect of the City for the past several months. The crews are continuing to work on the improvements at the park to expand parking and possibly RV slots near the rodeo arena, and the electric department is working to relocate the electric lines around the livestock pens rather than right through them. The rest of the park is looking particularly good and well maintained. Most all of the residential areas in town are also being improved and maintained with the encouragement of our new Code Enforcement officer, Lindsey Collins, who is working with many of the individual owners to clean up their properties and bring them into compliance with the assorted regulations. That is one position where we were without an employee for a while and several issues backed up that have needed attention.
The City electric department this past week completed the changeover of the street lights around the Square to the higher efficiency LED lights, and it has made a remarkable difference in the night-time illumination. If you go to the Odeon now to watch a movie or attend a concert, when you exit at night you will find that the parking areas are considerably brighter and thus safer as you walk to your car. Like many of the improvements that we keep doing around town, in just a couple of months most citizens will no longer realize that the situation is definitely better, but that is the nature of civic service to provide regular improvements that provide a safer and more pleasant town to live and work in even when no one notices the changes.
Last week I also attended a most interesting and impressive program at Mason Elementary School and it was a very distinct and individual way that Mason is moving forward. The pre-K through fourth grades have been working through a new curriculum enhancement called “The Leader in Me” and last week they had a morning open house to demonstrate the program and its results. I was particularly impressed with the fact that every child I saw or visited with was capable of easily carrying on a conversation with adults, they gladly shook hands and looked me in the eye, and several of them were able to talk to a large group of adults, and talk about their learning experience without notes or prompting. When this program was first considered by the Elementary School I was curious how it would be handled here in Mason, but now a year later I am frankly impressed and very pleased that it has been used to remarkably guide the education and maturity of such a young group of children. I would like to publicly thank the administration and staff of MISD for providing such a great program opportunity to the children of our community. I have worked for the past eight years as Mayor to encourage all of our citizens to positively participate in the improvements of our town, and through these young “leaders” I see more positive citizenship and participation than many of our adults exhibit, and that will benefit our community for many years to come. As these children learn the habits and thoughts that will lead them on to success throughout life and demonstrate them to the adults around Mason, I am reminded and understand better the concept that ‘a little child’ can lead us if we but watch and listen.
Your friend and neighbor, Brent Hinckley