Round-up seems to have been a great success again this year. I heard several residents comment that parts of it were “the best we’ve ever seen” and it seems that the parade, arts and crafts fair, the Queen’s Court, the Rodeo and the music and dancing were all enjoyed by everyone who was out at the events. Without the hard work of the Chamber of Commerce and the Rodeo Association there would not be any significant activities for this annual hometown festivity; and everyone who spent extra time building a float, setting up a booth on the courthouse lawn, or just being present for every activity helps to make this a special weekend. The donkey stick horse race with the little children was an added special event, and all of the activities seemed to happen with a minimum of hassle and with few problems that were not quickly handled. A special thanks for making a great weekend happen go to the new Executive Director at the Chamber, Nikki Sills, who put in lots of extra time and effort, and many of the behind the scenes things that make this kind of weekend work well would not be possible without the commitment and hard work of the different City crews who handle trash, traffic control, and prepare our community and our square for a busy weekend.
As we move on into the rest of our summer it seems that the high temperatures and dry wind are signaling a return of the drought conditions we have faced for the past few years. Last week we at the City had several evenings when there was concern that our City water system might not be able to keep up with the high demand for water to keep lawns green and meet the daily needs of our residents. Our wells are holding up in good shape for the high demands so far, but the storage capacity is being nearly drained each night with the excess expectations of everyone. Therefore, as you can see in another article in this paper, the City is immediately moving into a mandatory outdoor watering schedule to prevent further concerns about our water supply. The City has implemented these additional water conservation measures to monitor and enforce outdoor watering and limiting each resident to only once a week watering and only between the hours of 6:00 pm and 9:00 am to avoid the heat and evaporation in the middle of the day. We have been blessed with several rains during the past several weeks, and the grass and landscape has maintained a lush green, but with the hotter weather ahead and the projections for less rain in the coming months it is very possible that we will not be able to keep the grass as green or full as we might wish.
We hope that all of our residents will cooperate as they have in the past several summers and will limit all non-essential water use. City crews will be monitoring outdoor water usage and will issue warnings and perhaps turn off unnecessary water uses and water sprinklers during the middle of the day and during the hottest times. In a couple of weeks we may begin a stronger response and issue citations and possible fines for watering beyond the hours of 6:00 p.m. and 9:00 a.m. and for other water wastage. We believe that our residents will cooperate with our need for strict water regulations as they have in other times and we hope that we will not need to move to significantly restrictive stages. A couple of years ago when the drought was at its most severe, we called on our citizens to restrain their water usage and we saw the August totals for water consumption drop from 30 million gallons before the drought to less than 20 million gallons under careful water conservation. I hope that we can look forward to your help and cooperation again so that we can proudly say that when Mason faces a challenge everyone works to find a good solution for our community.
Working together we can and will make Mason a better town, and enjoying this past weekend’s Round-up activities just point out again what a joy a small town can be. There is no doubt in my mind that Mason is the best hometown in Texas, and I am proud to share our successes with anyone who wants to know about my hometown.
Your friend and neighbor, Brent