With June already half-way over, summer is definitely underway and the many special activities and vacations are on the schedule. There are visitors coming to town, grandkids spending extra time with our residents, and Round-up with all of its extra activities such as parade, craft show, queen’s contest and rodeo is less than a month away. Summer is always a busy time, and the City stays extra busy at this time of year just keeping up with it all. We have hired several high school students for special summer help around town and they have been invaluable in dealing with a number of extra jobs.
Of course one of the most obvious summer positions for extra help is to run the City swimming pool and keep our children safe as they enjoy the water. We have a great crew of young adult lifeguards and they have been doing an excellent job of handling all of the challenges that a public swimming pool has. From mowing and keeping the grounds clean, to taking the entry fees and making sure the chemical balance is right in the water, and most importantly to “rescuing” a couple of younger children who got in a little over their heads, our lifeguards are doing a great job!! Our City swimming pool is open for regular swim from Monday through Saturday for morning and afternoon sessions, and morning and evening for special swims, and is available at other hours for private party rentals; so if you are interested just call the City office for a full schedule.
We have several other high schoolers working in a number of other departments around town this summer. There are a couple helping at the Recycling Center on their busy days of the week, and some are helping the Street Department as we are cleaning and clearing the right of ways, and they have pitched in to do some special jobs at the new waste water treatment plant to get the equipment ready for full functioning out there as well. They seem to be willing and eager to do whatever is needed, and around the City of Mason there is always another truly “odd job” that can be handled by our summer help. And the best factor is that they remind us that with energy and enthusiasm we can all get more done, and our town will have an added benefit at the end of the day.
Our regular crews have been busy with some of the new installations and construction around town, and then last Thursday’s high winds and heavy rain added some extra jobs to their load. The Electric Crew was working overtime that evening to take care of several outages, and there were at least three large trees fallen into City streets in addition to the many limbs that were downed. Most of our City crews worked late Thursday night and then most of the day Friday in the heat and humidity to cut up the downed trees to clear the streets again. The people that work for your City are a great team and continue to impress me with their commitment to get the various jobs done, no matter what it takes and certainly this time of year no matter how much sweat is required.
It takes a lot of work in many different areas to keep our town operating smoothly. I have heard several different people over the past couple of months requesting one thing or another from the City, and then often grumbling when it doesn’t get done as quickly as they think it should. One thing I have learned from the past several years of serving as your Mayor is that there are many, many more things that happen and go on in the background and mostly are never seen that keep City services functioning. It is almost impossible to keep an eye on everything and be aware of all of the different projects and needs that occur all around town, even in a small town like Mason. The result is that with the relatively small number of employees we have and the wide variety of requirements and expectations they have to deal with, sometimes the little things that each of us see needing attention will just have to wait until the more important or urgent jobs are taken care of. We keep lists and I often add concerns or suggestions as I hear them, but our crews are very busy and sometimes it takes a little more time to complete, and then again sometimes we find it is just impossible to do something that a resident might think is just a simple suggestion.
Mason is a great small town, and our various employees work hard to keep it that way. It is especially nice to have several great high school students working for us this summer, and I would hope that if you see one or more of them around town you will take a moment to thank them. This is, I believe, the very best hometown in Texas and working together we will continue to improve and keep it a wonderful place to live and work in every season.
Your friend and neighbor, Brent