This week the town is humming in preparation for the annual Round-up parade and activities, and the evening Rodeo and Dance. There are also class reunions and family gatherings scheduled, and with the Arts and Crafts Fair and many different booths on the Square there is certainly something for everyone and every interest. One special activity that is of particular interest to me is the Grand Re-opening of the Community Thrift Store in the new location at the southwest corner of the Square in the old Post Office building. The Community Foundation purchased that building this spring, and the Board has been busily working to improve and update the space to be a very nice location for the Thrift Store. Although there are many people that think this is a City project, it is not in any way related to the City of Mason beyond the fact that I have been involved as the President of the Board since its beginning, and have been Mayor at the same time. It is however one of the very best service groups and has managed to already give $220,000 back to the Mason community in support of many important projects. I encourage everyone to stop in on Friday, July 12, or anytime in the next couple of weeks to see all of the work that has been done and shop for that special bargain!
With the many activities and variety of things to see and do with the Round-up this weekend, I hope everyone has a great time and is safe as we go about our enjoyment of the weekend. At the same time, here at the City we are already working on things that will have an impact beyond this weekend. Next Monday is our regular City Commission meeting at 5:30pm at the Eckert Civic Center, and we have a full agenda that will cover several long-term projects and needs. One of the issues to be discussed is the Budget for the coming fiscal year, since we have to approve a final budget in September, and to reasonably project the revenues and expenses to run all of the City operations is a monumental task. I will share more about our budgeting in the next few weeks, but we will also have some other financial considerations for the City next Monday. We expect to have a presentation of the annual Audit for the past fiscal year, and we are considering and will make a decision about the construction bids for the improvements that have been in planning for many months at the Waste Water Treatment Plant. We also will be making decisions about financing a new Fire Department Rescue truck that the City and County are purchasing for our VFD, and we will be considering the bids and approving the paving and top coating of several streets located throughout town. The ongoing concern of the City Commission is to maintain and improve our town in every way we can and at the same time be responsible managers of the limited funds that every governmental entity faces. I am proud of the way our local and municipal governments handle this task, and just wish that the federal agencies would function in a way that I could be proud of also!
This is a busy week, and the weeks to come will also be busy for the City, the office staff, and the crews as we work to complete the many tasks we have during the next couple of months. However, as always if you see something that needs to be done to make things better for the Round-up activities, or have any suggestions or ideas for the improvement of our community, we are always glad to listen and find a good way to work out a solution. Mason is surely a great hometown, and this weekend is one of the best examples of our community spirit, and working together we will continue to improve and provide everyone the very best place to live and work. Enjoy the weekend, and enjoy our hometown.
Your friend and neighbor, Brent Hinckley