The holidays are pretty much behind us, and New Year’s day is more like having an extra “Sunday” in the middle of this week. With a fresh twelve months ahead of us my biggest concern is to remember to add another year to dates for checks and other documents. It is also a good time to look forward and see what we can do to be a better person, but I am a little hesitant to make many New Year’s resolutions because I just don’t want to be reminded that most of them are no more than just “new week’s” resolutions. If you are interested in some changes in your life for the new year, I would suggest that you simply consider working toward being a more involved member of our community in 2014. There are many places in town that are on the lookout for new volunteers, there are children in the schools who would be blessed with a new mentor, and there are a number of service groups and projects that could use the special talents that you have. If you look around just a bit I feel sure that you could find one new place to volunteer and contribute to our community, and give a little help as we work together to make Mason the best hometown in Texas.
If you want to be more involved in City discussions and decisions, you might want to do as some committed residents do and attend the regular meetings of the City Commission. These meetings are scheduled for the second Monday evening of every month, and this month that will be on January 13 at 5:30 at the Eckert Civic Center. There will be another opportunity this month for citizens to discuss upcoming projects of the City when we schedule a “town hall” type gathering later in January where we will be discussing the new bridge being proposed to cross Comanche Creek from Spring Street to connect with Balsam Street on the east side of the creek. That will also be a chance to learn about the historic rehabilitation of the Broad Street Bridge and there will be TxDOT representatives present to present plans and maps and answer any questions. The following City Commission meeting will include another opportunity to discuss these projects and allow for citizen input regarding how these might affect the adjacent neighborhoods, and I will let you know through this column as soon as we set a date for the town hall gathering.
Another one of the ways you might want to consider being more involved in your community is to consider an elected office for the City of Mason. Although the announcements you might have recently seen in this paper refer to County or State office which are partisan and have to go through the primary election cycle, municipal elections are non-partisan and are directly decided on the Election Day of May 10 this year. This spring we will have elections for Mayor, Commissioner District 1 and Commissioner District 3 and we will begin accepting filing for each of these positions on January 29 and filing will close on February 28. If you have questions about the job and responsibilities of any City office I will be glad to talk with you about it, and if you have questions about the election process you can talk to our City Secretary, Pattie Grote, who can get you any answers regarding elections and filing.
I am glad to be in Mason, and I have enjoyed another holiday season in the best small town I know of, and I hope you too have had a good and blessed holiday and look forward to the coming year. The City crews are continuing to work hard at the many regular activities – the leaf pickup should be about complete, the trash schedule will be back on schedule, the sewer line cleaning is being finished up, the playground equipment is being installed in a couple of new places, the electric crew will taking down the Christmas lights and tree to store them away for next year, and the construction is moving into high gear at the waste water treatment plant. Next week should be a more “normal” week, but we will be hard at work to do all that it takes to provide you with the best city services and we look forward to a productive New Year.
Your friend and neighbor, Brent