This past week there were a couple of meetings that will have a positive impact on our town and provide some new benefits to our residents. John Palacio and I met with representatives of Hill Country Telephone and their contractors concerning their project to provide fiber optic internet access to all of the City of Mason. This will include all residences as well as businesses, and their goal is to upgrade our service to equal that of any big city in Texas and reach to everyone who wants excellent internet connections. They are assembling materials and anticipate beginning work in the next month or so, and during the coming months the contractor will be adding fiber optic cable to most of the utility poles in Mason. We have been working with them for the past couple of years to provide better computer services for our citizens and I am very pleased to see the possibilities of bringing Mason very much into this electronic age.
If you see construction trucks with Texstar Enterprises on them in your neighborhood, you can know that these are the contractors that will make the additional connections for residential fiber optic possible. They will be working in different areas of town as they expand the network, and it will be several months before they are finished with their work, but be aware of the workers and drive safely around their work sites. If they need to get on your property they should be contacting you individually, and we were told that all workers would have badges and full identification available, and all work trucks should be identified as Texstar or HCTC vehicles. They also told us that a large number of residents had already signed up for new service when it is available, but if you are interested or would like more information about fiber optic internet or the construction process, please feel free to call the local HCTC office on the square at 347-8877 for information.
Another most interesting meeting last week was the Candidate Forum sponsored by the Republican Women that gave all of us a chance to meet and see the various candidates for local, district, state and even national office that are running in the March primary. One thing that struck me was that every candidate seemed qualified and passionate about their interest in serving in a public office, and I felt that we are truly blessed that there are such positive choices and opportunity to have good representation in every office that was represented. Of course there were some good candidates also present that do not have a contested race, and this gathering only represented one party’s candidates. These candidates, and most all of the ones you see advertised in this paper or on political signs around town, are seeking votes for the March primary and eventual election in the November voting. As I have mentioned before, we also have three positions for the Mason City Commission open for election this spring but Municipal elections are different from these other elections. Municipal elections, by State Law, are non-partisan so none of us have to declare a political party and they are held in the Spring, on May 10 this year. Our City officials are also elected for two year terms, and this year the Mayor and Commissioners for District 1 and 3 are to be elected and the filing period has already begun and will end on February 28. At this time both of the incumbent Commissioners and I as Mayor have already filed for re-election for these positions, but if you are interested in considering one of these positions as a place to serve our community please feel free to come by and talk with me and I will be glad to answer all of your questions.
One other piece of good news came to my attention last week: after years of admitting that while the Recycle Center collects glass bottles to crush we have not had a company to take the glass and truly recycle it, but we have now solved that issue. Beginning immediately, we will be able to crush all glass bottles and collect the results until we have a truck load, and then an independent glass recycler will come by and pick it up and haul it to be truly recycled. A special thanks goes to Pattie Allen, the Recycling supervisor for her continued efforts to improve our Recycling Center and a bigt thanks to all of our residents that regularly bring in all of the various paper, cardboard, plastic and other recycling materials that have made our efforts known throughout west Texas as one of the best small town success stories! Together we can continue to work to improve Mason and continue to make this the best hometown in Texas.
Your friend and neighbor, Brent