The City of Mason is always looking for ways to improve our community and provide better service to our residents. Some of the projects are never seen by the public but are very important as we work to improve the systems that provide for our town. One of those is the waste water treatment plant which will be seeing a complete reworking during the next year or so as we work through the construction phases of the contract we have just accepted and signed. When all of the work is complete and the sewer plant is functioning in its new configuration, we expect that it will be in good shape to serve the residents of Mason for the next thirty years or more. So while most of our town will not see all of the work that we are just starting and will be overseeing during the next several months, this major project will continue our efforts to provide excellent service to our town for now and the future.
We are also trying to improve our direct services to our customers, and another new service that we are just introducing is online Bill Paying. In today’s connected world and with the electronic technology usage by most everyone, we became aware that many of our citizens would appreciate the opportunity to pay City bills electronically. Starting November 1st the City of Mason will be accepting utility payments online. You will need to register to use this service by going to www.mason.tx.citygovt.org and then click on E-Pay and follow the steps to register. You will receive an e-mail verification number once you have registered, and then you can sign in monthly with that ID and make your payments. It is easy to start and should make paying your monthly utility bill a breeze that you can do from home or work at any time. You will need your City of Mason account number and current balance to make a payment, but it can be handled at your convenience at any time and from anywhere. We think this will be a great help to many of our residents, and if you have any questions or need any help in registering for this service please call the City office at 347-6449 and we will be glad to help.
Another special service we are going to be providing soon for our residents are some free dump days in mid-November. During the past several months it has been noted that a great deal of dead and hazardous brush and yard debris has collected in our neighborhoods from the extended drought conditions we have experienced. We expect that a free dump period will provide an incentive for some residents to clean up before the winter dries this material further and increases the fire hazard, and so we encourage our residents to use this time to remove yard debris. It will also provide an opportunity for clean-up of our neighborhoods prior to the holiday season when there are many visitors in our town. It is scheduled for Thursday, Friday and Saturday, November 14 through 16, during the regular Landfill hours, and will allow you to bring any household garbage, unusable furniture or other household throw-aways, and all brush and limbs at no charge. We cannot take any hazardous materials or chemicals as usual, and if you have questions please call the City office and we will get you answers.
We have also had several requests for another collection period for used and abandoned car and truck tires, so that they can be removed and recycled. We have scheduled that service as well for mid-November at the Recycling Center beginning Tuesday, November 12, and continuing for that week until Friday, November 15. So if you have some areas that need to be cleaned up now is the time to start collecting yard debris, bulky household garbage, and even tires so that you can take advantage of these extra services in the next few weeks. As we enjoy these first cool days of fall and look forward to the holidays and activities ahead, there is not a lot of time on the calendar before the start of the New Year. If you are anything like me there is much to be done to finish the many to-do lists that I am working on for 2013, and now is a good time to plan ahead to get most of it done. This is a wonderful time to be in Mason, and your City is working to make a few changes so that it will be a truly great place to live and work. If you have other ideas or suggestions we would be glad to hear them, and working together we will continue to make this the best hometown in Texas.
Your friend and neighbor, Brent Hinckley