Next week the City starts one of its major projects for this summer, the paving of the most needy streets around town! I mentioned this in last week’s column, and the City crews have been working for several weeks in preparation, but beginning next Monday, August 12, the actual paving will begin. The residents in the neighborhoods, and most importantly those residents who live on the streets being paved need to be aware of what is happening and plan accordingly. The actual top-coat paving is a pretty fast process, but for a short while any affected street will be unusable and blocked for traffic. In addition, there will be heavy equipment, dump trucks full of gravel and tar spraying trucks on the streets, so everyone travelling through the area may be affected or have to travel out of their way for a time next week. Most importantly, those residents who live along the streets planned for paving need to move vehicles, or any other items such as trailers, away from the street so that they are not in the way of work and there is no harm when the tar is sprayed and the gravel laid over the streets.
The streets that have been identified for top-coat paving starting on Monday are located in every neighborhood around Mason, so everyone needs to be aware of this project. The streets will not be specifically paved in this order, but they are: Gooch (from Morrow to Pototoc), Pontotoc (from Bickenbach to 386), Brazos, Robin Street, Koocksville Road, Doole St (from Ave A to Ave D), Ischar, Herman, Martin, Post Hill (from Wilson to top of the hill), Schuessler, Kettner (87 to Post Hill) and Post Oak (from 87 to College). There are a couple of other areas, such as the County Library parking lot, that are scheduled for work, but most importantly note these various streets and be aware of the activity in your neighborhood. And very certainly take precautions if you live on one of these streets. Generally the process is that the street will be blocked off, the existing pavement will be swept, a coating of hot tar will be sprayed on the street surface and a heavy layer of treated gravel that meets the City’s specifications will be laid down to be rolled into the tar. There may be some tar seeping up through the gravel, which is planned and is not faulty workmanship, and the City will have crews on hand wherever paving is being done to supervise and verify that a good job is being done. If you have any problems or concerns, please let us know by calling the office at 347-6449 and we will respond as quickly as possible.
Next week will also be the last week that we can keep the City swimming pool open for regular swimming times. Most of our lifeguards are high school students, and with the start of sports, registration and other school activities the schedule becomes impossible, so the last day for regular swim schedules will be Friday, August 16. The pool will continue to be available for party reservations for several more days, but those plans need to be set soon so that lifeguards can be scheduled. With the start of school just around the corner, everyone has a few extra things to do and we are no different around the City office. We are working hard on budget planning, looking forward to re-bidding for construction work at the sewer plant, and dealing with a few other immediate projects, but we are always ready to listen and respond to your suggestions or concerns. If you have anything that needs attention, please let us know and together we will make Mason the best hometown in Texas.
Your friend and neighbor, Brent Hinckley