Last Saturday was a very busy day at the city Recycling Center and the Landfill as we collected a vast amount of recyclables and provided free dumping for the accumulation of trash that we all seem to have around. At the Household Recycling event we collected two semi-trailers full of tires, over a hundred gallons of paint, a pallet of old car batteries, four boxes of rechargeable batteries, twelve pallet boxes of old TVs and computer parts as well as some of the regular items we recycle such as plastics, cardboard and cans. At the landfill there were lines of people trying to get in to use the dump, and although I do not have the numbers yet for just how much was disposed of, I am sure the city and county are all a little better looking because of everyone’s efforts to do a some spring cleaning. I am very appreciative of everyone who took advantage of the clean-up event, and because of the almost overwhelming response, another free dump day and particularly an opportunity to dispose of old tires will be planned for the not too distant future.
The success of the Household Recycling event would not be possible without the efforts of Tori Dutton and the Hill Country RC&D and the vast amount of planning and preparation she and Barbara did. Also the workers on Saturday did an outstanding job of dealing with a variety of challenges, and the citizen’s thanks should go out to Tori and Barbara, as well as volunteers from the Mason Lion’s Club and a number of committed city employees. With the many tons of debris recycled and cleaned up in the past week, Mason is a prettier place to welcome the visitors that come to town every spring, but that does not mean that there are no more “messes” to clean up. If you see trash on the streets or roadside, why not stop and pick it up quickly rather than complain about it? If there is still some cleaning to do around your place, it would be appreciated if you would try to clean it up this spring, and if you see a neighbor’s place that needs some help, why not ask if there is something you can do to help? Mason belongs to all of us and it is up to each person to keep our little part clean so that the town is a better place for everyone.
A few other projects are getting under way in the next couple of weeks. The water tower is just about finished, and will soon be flushed and ready to be put in use; but the next part of the water system is just beginning. In the next week of so the construction should begin on the west side to install a 10” water line from the new water tower down the hill, over around the school campus and connect with the water line from the existing standpipe on the south side. This construction will involve tearing up some streets, boring under Avenue F, and installing a number of fire hydrants, so be alert and careful if you are driving in that area. Also, look for construction to start soon on the City Swimming Pool to bring it up to standards for filtration and circulation as well as improve the safety of our children swimming. I met will a citizen’s committee last week to consider ways to improve the management of the pool and provide additional support to operate and improve this recreational area, so look for more information about events and opportunity in the next couple of months. The pool will be open this summer, and we are working to be sure it is ready when school is out. Mason is a great place to live, and after the remarkable clean-up last weekend, it is a little better and cleaner. Spring is always a busy time around town, but if you have ideas of how we can continue to improve our hometown, please contact me and let me know. You can always e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org or stop me on the sidewalks and let me know how we can continue to work together to make Mason the best hometown in Texas.
Your friend and neighbor, Brent Hinckley