Winter does not start for ten more days but the arctic cold has already come and the past several days have definitely felt like winter in Texas. I hope you are staying warm and dry and so far I have not heard of any problems with the state-wide electric system, although we have found that more power gets used in extremely cold weather than does in the very hottest of the summer. Locally we have done all that seems reasonable to trim tree limbs and be sure that our electric distribution system is prepared for bad cold weather and we have seen few problems of that nature for the past couple of years. If you know of an issue or see a problem with our utility system please let the City office know and we will look into it immediately.
Our City crews are particularly busy during these last few weeks of the year. The annual leaf pick-up has just started and the crews are working their way through the neighborhoods cleaning up and removing leaves. There was a list of streets in last week’s paper but if they have not been by your house yet please be patient and they will get there as soon as possible. Our contractors have just begun to move heavy equipment in and start the dirt work at the waste water treatment plant, so although that is not a project that is seen by many, there will be a major effort by our crews to keep up with the work during the next few months. The regular City waste water crews will be spending some of their time in the next few weeks doing some sewer line cleaning using high pressure water hoses through the manholes around town. Therefore, if you see some workers and trucks in the middle of the street as you drive around town please be careful and safe as you travel.
Our electric crew is working hard to provide power to a few new projects around town, in addition to dealing with meter reading and the other challenges that arise. Our water crew is dealing with a few water line leaks from the very cold weather, and will also assist in the semi-annual inspection of the City water tanks this week. The Street crew and the Parks crew are working to install some new playground equipment in a couple of different locations; and the Recycle department reports that the extra Saturday hours were busy on Saturday, so if that meets your schedule please make use of our facility on Saturday mornings. There are a few other projects and concerns going on around town, and our City workers are busy trying to meet the needs, and our City Administrator John Palacio will be spending most of his time out in the field helping with some of the work in the next few weeks. Even in the City office we are working to prepare for our annual Audit that is planned for next week and that is keeping our office staff on their toes. It is a busy time in Mason and we hope to keep up with the challenges to keep our town moving forward and meeting the needs of all of our citizens.
This is a busy time of year for all of us, and I hope that you are safe and blessed as you go about your own chores and activities. If there is something that you see that needs our City attention, or have a suggestion that can be worked into the busy schedule this month, please let me know and we will see what can be done. We are working hard to end this year with the City in good shape and looking toward the new year as we work together to prepare for the future and continue improving Mason so that there is no doubt that this is the best hometown in Texas.
Your friend and neighbor, Brent