Cooler weather this week has brought some relief from the hot dry days, but we are still dry and prone to extra fire hazard. Since tomorrow is the Fourth of July, everyone needs to be particularly careful of the potentials of causing a devastating fire from cooking outside or from shooting off fireworks. There have been serious and deadly fires throughout the Southwest in recent weeks, and we certainly do not want that kind of publicity for Mason. We are not quite at the point of needing to institute a burn ban, but with this holiday the concern is that fireworks might cause significant problems. Our “fire index” will be reaching dangerous levels in the very near future and there is plenty of dry vegetation to fuel any spark into a serious problem if a fire should start. It is against City Ordinances to shoot fireworks or light firecrackers in the City limits and the Fire Marshall has said that if any fire occurs as a result of fireworks there will be citations issues to one or all adults involved in the incident. It would be wisest to avoid this problem entirely and either avoid fireworks or find a very safe and planned site for any displays. Our goal is not to take away your plans for fun during this summer, but we are encouraging everyone to have a safe and practical good time and not be the cause of any accidents or damages.
Round-up weekend is just around the corner and the City crews are busy getting things spruced up all around town. There has been some significant work done out at the Rodeo Arena to provide more RV parking, and the electric crew has been moving some poles and lines so that the new pens will be safer for everyone to enjoy the events. The Street crew is working to be sure the Square and the streets around town are in good shape, and few of the others are planning and constructing the City’s float for the parade. We all look forward to a good time during the next few weeks, and don’t forget that the City swimming pool is open and the adults and children have been enjoying to fun of cooling off and playing in the water every day.
I would also like to remind you that the Annual Drinking Water report is available online for anyone who is interested to review it. If you would like to learn a number of details about the City of Mason water system, please go to http://www.mason.tx.citygovt.org/portals/MasonTX/2012WaterReport.pdf for the current report. This address has been set up specifically to link you to this most recent annual water report, and to be sure that we let everyone know about this availability there is a special sticker on the back of every utility bill that the City sent out this month. Our goal is that anyone who wants to review the information about our public water quality is aware of the web address. If you have any trouble accessing this report or if you would like a paper copy of the report, we will be glad to help you at the City office, and if you have any further questions or would like information in Spanish, please call us at 347-6449. As I said in last week’s paper, the real story is that through careful monitoring and management of the water system over the past several years, we have lowered the average readings for the radioactive contaminants that naturally occur in our water to a level that is very near to the range of levels that is set by federal law. And we will continue to work on this issue until there is no health or safety issue with our public water supply! Also, we have provided a free access Reverse Osmosis dispensing station at the Eckert Civic Center for the past year that provides water that is “perfectly” clean with no contaminates, and you can stop by and fill up your containers at any time.
Mason is a great hometown, and we continue to work to make it better. If you have ideas or suggestions of what needs to be done to help improve our community, please let me know and we will try to solve any problems and work towards being the best rural town in Texas.
Your friend and neighbor, Brent Hinckley