The weather is still “confused”, but at least the lows during the cold are not quite as low and the warm days are a little more frequent and it is beginning to feel more like Spring. Last weekend we sprang back into “Daylight Savings” time, and although we have to get up in the complete dark, and I am not sure that I have managed to change all of my clocks, but it does leave a longer time of evening light after the work day is through. There is still no forecast of rain in the next week or more so I do not know what we will have in way of wildflowers this spring, but I am sure that in the next few weeks we will begin to see more green and more birds will start to come back to town and we can know that winter is finally behind us.
The City Commission had their regular monthly meeting last Monday evening, and there were a few things on the agenda that I think our residents and citizens should know about. First, we had the report from our CPA regarding the Audit of the City’s fiscal year 2013 that ended on October 31 last year. In one document it shows the financial health of the City and summarizes all of the monies spent and the revenues generated by City services for the entire year, and bottom line is that it shows that Mason is in really good shape and continuing to move forward. It is much the same as we have seen for the past several years, the City of Mason works very hard to construct a realistic and workable budget each year and follows closely as we work through the year and we have set aside some significant funds to help with the larger projects as we seek to improve our services. As I have written in previous columns, we have started the improvements at the Waste Water Treatment Plant, so at this point we are in more debt than I would like, but with the payment schedules we will see that become less of an issue in the next few years. If you would like to see the entire audit just stop by the City office and I will be glad to let you look through mine, but I can report another great “report card” on the financial health of Mason and we can look forward to more years of growth and improvements.
Another action taken by the Commission was to cancel the City Election scheduled for May. There were three positions due for election, two Commissioners and my job as Mayor, but each of the three individuals who have served in those positions for the past years filed for the election shortly after the filing period started, and when the filing period closed on February 28 no one else had expressed an intent to seek an elected position. I feel that this is because generally the residents are satisfied and have no significant complaints about the current way the City is running and the directions we are moving. We will not have to hold City elections this year, however if you have some suggestions of concerns about anything that goes on in town I would like to hear from you so that we can look into it and see how we can change things.
One other bit of good news, last week our City staff “increased” by one when Lindsey Collins, our Code Enforcement officer and Municipal Court Clerk, had her second child. Lane Andrew Collins made his appearance on Thursday, March 6, and as shown in the picture mother and son were doing just fine when they stopped in at the City office on Monday morning. We wish all the blessings of new life on Lindsey and Lane, on father Logan and big sister Jacey, and I am sure that this spring will be a time of joy and change in that household.
Your friend and neighbor, Brent