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City Corner
Wednesday, September 18, 2013 • Posted September 19, 2013

The weather is definitely changing and there are forecasts for cooler temperatures and possible rain for the next week or more. It has been months or years since I have seen a chance of precipitation for every one of the next ten days! Certainly we might not get rain every day, but it is nice to know there is at least a chance. With the increase of moisture we have also noted an increase in the bugs and pests, and particularly the mosquitoes around town and in the parks and creek areas and in our neighborhoods. The City staff has been talking about going ahead and spraying for the mosquitoes and we will probably start that before the end of this week, so if you see the sprayer going through town you will know what is happening. The “bug spray” we are using now is much less potent and is directly targeted for mosquitoes and small flying insects, and you will notice if you are in the area that there is very little irritating smell or residue from the poison. We have not set a schedule at this time, but we will be concentrating on the creek areas, the parks and the areas that are grown up and provide a good habitat for flying pests.

Another significant benefit of the regular local rains is that the landscape is all looking very green and healthy. This has reduced the needs for outdoor watering, and our public water system is easily handling the current needs, but we are constantly concerned to maintain adequate supplies and look at the future and what our needs and requirements might be. Currently we are looking at and reviewing our drought planning and the plans for water restrictions for future dry times or emergency situations. As we discuss this it is evident to us that water conservation is not something that we can put off for next summer or some other time, but it is becoming important that it be a daily awareness and lifestyle shift. I am reminded of the shifts I have seen over the past few years in our community regarding Recycling, and the value that our residents have placed on making daily decisions to put aside recyclable items rather than just fill up the garbage cans and trash bags. Today Mason and its residents have made such a commitment to daily recycling that more than one-fourth of the garbage goes to that effort rather than into the landfill. As water conservation continues to be a major issue, I certainly hope that our community will continue to adapt to the new situation and practice the many ways of reducing our water consumption. We will need to shift our lifestyle and our daily decisions to meet the needs of our future and prevent a serious and significant area of our life and needs from becoming a disaster.

Mason is in good shape as we look forward to the future. We are currently working toward improving and rebuilding the waste water treatment plant so that it is capable of meeting the needs of our town for the next thirty years. We are beginning to discuss and plan for expanding the landfill so that we can continue to meet the needs of dealing with our trash for the next few decades. The water system is in good shape, but we are regularly looking at what we need to do to improve and maintain our water supplies for the future. And the other areas of our City services are also working to meet today’s demands and prepare for the wants and needs of future citizens of our community. Mason is a great hometown, but we constantly are looking to the possibilities that the future holds and how we can best prepare to meet the challenges as we move forward. If you have any thoughts or suggestions, we are always ready to listen and take appropriate action so that our hometown will be the best for today and ready to meet the future.

Your friend and neighbor, Brent Hinckley

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