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Wednesday, April 22, 2009 • Posted April 22, 2009

With the rains and the mild spring weather, activities are abounding around Mason. Every weekend there are plenty of planned things to do and the outdoors begs us to be out and active. The City has its own activities that are keeping us busy during the weeks as well. Construction continues on the west side of town with the trenching and piping for the new water main connecting the new water tower with the rest of the water system. The dust and noise is bothersome, but soon it will be past and the streets will be repaired and our water delivery system will be improved and ready to serve our citizens for many years to come. We are also expecting delivery of the new Compactor at the landfill in the next few days. This is another expensive piece of equipment that will also be serving the city for many years as it is used daily at the landfill. The expense and the irritations are with us today, but the benefits will be there for our children and all those who call Mason home for years and years to come.

Another change has been implemented with the passage of the new Animal Control Ordinance which is published elsewhere in this paper. There have been issues with dogs and cats in the city for as long as I have been Mayor, and for many months we have been discussing how to construct an ordinance that would fairly and adequately address the problems. The City Commission has spent much time considering this and listening to citizens voice their concerns, and now a set of rules and regulations has been adopted. We all know that this ordinance, like all the others on the books for our town, may require some changes in the future but it represents the best we could see at this time and I believe it is fair and still enforces the state laws as well as sets out the expectations and rules we want in our town. If you have pets, please read over it, and if you have questions ask our Animal Control Officer, Barbie McGowan, or talk with the City Administrator or me.

The past several City Commission meetings have been long because there were a number of citizens present who wanted to express their opinions about an issue that was important to them. I for one am pleased that this was true, because so often we expect our public officials to make decisions but we do not take the time to let them know how we really feel. The new Animal Control Ordinance is a good example of the public officials listening to the citizens and working to balance the varied ideas and opinions to arrive at reasonable and wise decisions. The improvements at the City swimming pool are another good example of the city working with concerned citizens to meet their needs in a reasonable manner. If you have concerns, ideas or suggestions your elected officials are just a phone call away. We may not always be able to solve your problem in the manner you expect or in the time you may want, but we do listen and try to work out solutions that will benefit the community. Don’t forget that in a couple of weeks you may have another opportunity to voice your opinion on a couple of specific issues. The City has one seat on the Commission which will be up for election on May 9, the School District has an election for Trustee, and the County has a special election to approve an increase in the local sales tax to help fund Emergency Medical Services. Your opinion matters and your voice is important so take advantage of voting on May 9, and do not hesitate to let your elected officials know what is important to you and how they can best serve our citizens.

Your friend and neighbor, Brent Hinckley

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