With the weather getting warmer outside we are all praying for some rain so that spring can come and the landscape will green-up and bloom. Many of us look around and start thinking about doing some clean-up and spring housekeeping as well. In a couple of weeks the City of Mason will try to help with cleaning up around town with a special free day at the landfill and a special Household Recyclables collection at the Recycle Center on Avenue F. We have scheduled Saturday, March 28 for this special expanded “spring clean-up” for the city and county in addition to our regular “free dump” day at the city landfill.
In addition to the regular items accepted for recycling at the Recycle Center, such as cardboard, plastics, steel and aluminum cans, glass bottles and automotive oil and filters, we will be set up to collect some special items that we are not regularly able to take. This will include car and light truck tires (but no large truck tires), computers and cell phones, TVs (although no wooden cabinets), lead-acid and rechargeable batteries as well as car batteries, latex and water based paints. At the landfill we will be able to take the regular types of garbage as well as brush, metals and wire and we will for this day only be able to accept appliances that have Freon since we will have someone on hand to remove the Freon before the appliance goes into the metal pile. We will not be able to handle hazardous wastes at either the landfill or the recycle center, nor any tires on rims, nor any agricultural chemicals. However, this will provide an additional reason to spend a few extra minutes doing some spring cleaning and this Household Recyclables Collection is being funded by a Supplemental Environmental Project agreement with the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality and this portion of the event is being sponsored by the Hill Country RC&D Area, Inc. This provides a new avenue to recycle some things that are not normally available locally, and is the follow-up of the City of Mason entering into an agreement to create this event as a result of settlements of an environmental enforcement action brought by TCEQ. You win by disposing of some difficult items, the City wins by cleaning up, and the environment is better off if we all recycle.
I hope you noticed the “ball” back up on the water tower. It was a much easier process than the first time, and now in a week or so the welders will be through and the painters should return to paint the entire tower and put the “Mason” logo on it in purple. Also, please note that the construction will begin in the next week or so for the first stage of the water loop beginning on the west side of town just below the water tower. Be alert if you are in that area for construction vehicles and workers. The City Commission voted on Monday evening to begin work on the city swimming pool to correct the circulation and filtration problems so there should be workers there in the next few weeks. Also discussed was the need for improvement in the existing animal control ordinance and an increase in the enforcement prohibiting loose dogs. A number of citizens have complained about the large dogs that are allowed to roam loose and we will be trying to work to pick up offending animals and issue citations to the pet owners who do not manage their animals properly. Mason is a great hometown, but we all need to cooperate to make it better for all of our citizens so expect more on this issue in the coming weeks.
Your friend and neighbor, Brent Hinckley.