Spring officially starts this week, and the weather is warming up nicely, but without any rains we may miss out on most of the wild flowers and green landscapes again this year. I keep wondering about some of the pictures that appear in magazines like Texas Highways, and question just how long ago those photos were taken? During the past several years we have definitely been missing the winter and spring rains, and that will have an impact for the coming months as well. I hate to start the spring by talking about water conservation, but with the lack of moisture or rain for the past few months it will become a great issue again this summer if we do not begin or continue the careful water usage that our community has exhibited for the past couple of years. The City of Mason has not experienced the extreme concerns about water availability yet and we might not if everyone continues to be aware of water wastage and use good water conservation practices. I am sure I will have to write more about this issue in the coming months, but I sincerely appreciate everyone who is starting this spring with an awareness of our community water needs and conservation.
There are several projects that the City crews and our contractors are working hard on and seeing some real progress. The Community Building is finally getting an interior “face lift” and should soon be a much more enjoyable and finished looking place. We are having a suspended ceiling installed, new wall boards and insulation installed all around, better weather proofing for all exterior doors, new kitchen countertops, painting in the kitchen and bathrooms, and few other clean-up type chores. The contractors are here and working hard and it is expected they will be finished before the first of April, and that will make the entire building much more pleasant for the many activities in coming months.
Another project that is moving quickly is the rebuilding of the waste water treatment plant. The first stage of dirt moving and pond building is finished and the clay liners are well compacted, and now the piping and valves are being put into place. It is expected that in the next month or so we will be able to switch over to the new ponds and sand filters and begin using the new ponds to treat the sewage. This should make a big difference in how the plant works and we expect it will resolve a number of problems and issues we have been dealing with for months, or in some cases for years. There is still more work to be done before we are completely rebuilt, and there will be two more ponds that need to be re-dug and worked over, but in the next few months we will have made a major change in how our waste water plant works and how efficient it is in serving our town.
The City Electric crew is working hard to get several new electric services built and new power provided to some businesses and new homes being constructed. The Park crew is moving into high gear to keep up with the extra work that warmer weather brings, and the Street crews are trying to keep up with their regular work orders and help in some of the other areas and projects that are underway. Recycling is always busy, and the other City crews and staff are all working hard to keep up and deal with the issues that arise every day. Together we are all trying to improve our infrastructure and maintain the level of the service you expect of our City, and with your help we will continue to be the best hometown in the Hill Country. If you have any ideas or suggestions, please let us know and we will add them to our constantly evolving plans on how to make Mason a better place to live and work.
Your friend and neighbor, Brent