It seems that Spring is arriving and staying for only a few days at a time, and the rest of the time it just jumps straight to summer temperatures of over 90 degrees. There is not much we can do to change it, but at the City we are doing one thing to hopefully make the hot summer more bearable in one location. If you have been in the Community Building out at the park recently you know that we have had some significant improvements made with a drop down ceiling, new floors and counter tops in the kitchen and an overall new paint job. We have discussed and planned to do this for the past several years, but finally in the next week we will also have a contractor start on installing air conditioning in that building. Now if you are planning to use it during the heat of summer there will be some cool relief!! We will need to take some steps to increase the rental fees to reflect the additional electric usage, but for the first time this year it might be more comfortable inside the Community Building when the sun is high in the sky outside.
Another significant step in a different area was taken this past week when we switched the piping to begin using the new sewer ponds that we have been building for the past several months. There are still several steps to be completed before the entire project is complete, but with this change we are now avoiding the use of the primary facultative pond that was put in service many years ago and has been creating several issues in recent years. Our contractor is back with some heavy equipment to rework some of the previous ponds, and our own crews are working hard to complete some of the new electrical drops and prepare the entire facility to be active in the next couple of months. As in any construction, there is no doubt that there are going to be a few other problems and issues, but we are excited to have a new treatment plant and look forward to being on top of the various issues in this department.
The City office has had several questions about whether there is an Election this Saturday, May 10 and the fact is that there will be an election held at the City that day. However, it will NOT be for any City elected officials; it is just for two seats on the School Board and they have held their elections when necessary in recent years at our offices. The three City positions that were announced for election this spring were each filed for by just one person, in each case the official that has served for the past two years or more, and so we do not need to hold an election and will declare those officials “elected” and will swear them in at our next City Commission meeting. So if you want to participate in the School Board election you can come to the City office on Saturday, but don’t expect there to be any City elections on that day.
One more change, in mentioning our City Commission meeting I need to let those who wish to attend that I have changed the next meeting to May 19, the third Monday this month. State law requires the City to deal with election issues during a specific ten day period and that does not include the second Monday in May, so we have for several years moved our regular meeting to the third Monday and will do so again this year. We are always glad to have citizens attend our City meetings, and have had several attend the past couple of regular Commission meetings, and if you have concerns or issues that need to be brought to our attention please come to the Eckert Civic Center on May 19 and we will be glad to hear from you. And of course as always, if you have ideas or suggestions or just have a particular problem that the City might be able to assist in resolving please come by the City office and visit with myself or any of our staff to see how we can best help. Together we will continue to make Mason the best hometown in Texas and everyone’s favorite place to live and work in the Hill Country.
Your friend and neighbor, Brent