I usually sound like a “broken record”, but things are going very good for the City of Mason recently. Construction at the waste water plant is moving ahead and most of the major dirt work has been completed and now we will be looking to get all of the plumbing done so that water flows where we expect it to go. The regular departments are working to do their daily activities and the bigger projects are being worked on as time allows. Right now we are suspending the leaf pickup since most of the trees are bare, however we will begin again to pick up bagged yard debris and leaves when spring really comes and our residents are again working in their yards. We are expecting contractors to be in town next week to start doing some improvements to the Community Building at the park, such as re-surfacing the kitchen counters, adding a drop-in ceiling that will prevent the insulation from dropping, covering the walls with a new surface and sealing up the drafty problems with the big doors, to name a few of the steps in this project. We look forward to a “new” look at the Community Building in the next several weeks.
Another bit of good news, our Recycling Center which has become such a regular part of our community clean-up efforts, has been notified that we will receive another grant this spring to continue improving the facilities and equipment. We have applied for and received grants most every year for the past ten years, and it is certainly evident in the neat and efficient operation we have on Ave F at the Recycling Center. This grant will allow for more bins, adding concrete to the floor in some of the storage areas, and possibly some additional equipment so that we can continue to grow and serve our residents. We have recently been pleased to find a buyer who would arrange for actual recycling of all our crushed glass, which we have worked towards for several years. The addition of being open for Saturday morning hours has been very well received and we continue that extra service. We are also thankful to the School and the students for their continued interest and help, and the Boy Scouts have come by and helped out as well recently.
We continue to see growth in the amount of recycling materials that we process, and hope that if you have not fully committed to adding this activity to your household organization you might consider it this spring. Every single item that we recycle means just a little less volume and weight we have to truck to our landfill. There is never as much remaining landfill space available as most people would wish and so it is very important to our community wellbeing to recycle all we can. We currently estimate that about 30% of the total garbage in Mason is going through the Recycle Center, which is a startling figure for a town of our size, but there is always room to improve and utilize this great “resource” even more. Also be aware that we at the City are not waiting for the future to catch us unprepared, and garbage disposal is a great need for any town. We will begin, before the end of this year, the formal permitting process to expand our landfill area and capacity to meet the needs of Mason for generations to come.
Mason is a great town, and things are progressing and improving all over town. Working together we can continue to build up our community, and if you have any suggestions or ideas that would help, please let us hear from you.
Your friend and neighbor, Brent