I want to add my support for the Mason County Pioneers Youth Leadership Program which will be hosting an informative seminar on water issues tonight at the High School Auditorium starting at 6:30 p.m. Water issues are probably the single most important concern when we plan for our future, and they will be discussing the effects of the drought locally and the area’s water supply, the current situation of the Hickory Water Aquifer and most importantly the impacts of Proposition 6 on the current ballot. Anyone who is interested in learning more about these issues, and everyone who lives here should be concerned about water issues in the Hill Country, should make time to attend this gathering tonight and become better informed before the important November 5th vote on Proposition 6.
Last week I talked about a couple of things that I want to emphasize again. As I explained, the City is always trying to improve our direct services to our customers and now we are introducing online Bill Paying to make it easier for our residents to pay for utility bills each month electronically. If you would like the opportunity to pay City bills electronically, the City will start November 1st to accep utility payments online. You will need to register to use this service by going to www.mason.tx.citygovt.org and then click on the green button that says “E-Pay” and follow the steps to register. The registration is easy and you will receive an e-mail verification number once you have registered. Then you can sign in monthly with that ID and your City account number and current balance to 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. We think this will be a great help to many of our residents and several have already signed up, and if you have any questions about registering for this service please call the City office at 347-6449 and we will be glad to help.
Another special service we are planning for our residents are some free dump days in mid-November from the 14th through the 16th. Many people have noticed recently 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 hope 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 of 8 – 5 on weekdays and 8 to noon on Saturday. This will allow our residents to bring any bulky household garbage, unusable furniture or other household throw-aways, and all brush and limbs at no charge. As our regular rules apply and we cannot take any hazardous materials or chemicals, and if you have questions please call the City office and we will get you answers.
We are also planning 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 Wednesday, November 13, which is a day later than we had planned last week, and continuing for that week and including Saturday, November 16. Again let me repeat that the tire collection will be at the Recycle Center on Ave F, and there will be a small charge for each tire or $2.00 for regular size tires and $5.00 for large truck or tractor tires to defray the cost of transportation. 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 couple of weeks. Together we can keep Mason clean and make this the very best hometown in the Hill Country.
Your friend and neighbor, Brent Hinckley