The community of Mason is interesting in that it seems to remain the same, and yet we all know that there are constant changes happening all around. Looking around the square you see many buildings that have been standing and occupied for more than a hundred years, and there are a number of businesses that have been serving generations of customers from the same location. And yet if you look around you will also notice that there are many new houses being built around town, the new water tower has changed the “skyline” of our town, and some of the old buildings on the square have a new facelift in the past few months. Things are changing all the time, and yet our community seems to remain the same hometown we have all grown to love.
At the City of Mason we have some of the same things happening, and the past week has seen some distinct changes. After serving as our City Administrator for the past three years, Mr. Brian Boudreaux resigned this past week to pursue other interests, and so things change and yet the City remains active and in service to each of our citizens. Brian has contributed to the continued growth and improvement of Mason in many different ways over the past years, and we regret his decision to move on, but I can assure each of you that the City remains strong and in better shape than any time in the recent past.
In this time of transition there are a number of problems and opportunities that need to be considered. There are several projects that are nearing completion, for instance the new water tower is being “flushed” for a second time this week and should be ready to be filled and added to the water system before the first of June. The water looping project is continuing and will be an added benefit in the next couple of months, special trenching is being started at the landfill to correct a problem there, and the construction at the swimming pool is close to completed and the pool will be ready for a special “Splash Day” as soon as school is out in a couple of weeks.
Our citizens also have a special opportunity in the next couple of months to impact the future of our community as the City Commission works on objectives and budgeting for the coming year. If you have ideas, solutions or concerns about your community, now is a very good time to call your Commissioner or let me know what you think about the issues that are important to you. If you want to contact me, please feel free to call me at the city office, 347-6449 or on my cell phone at 347-2594, or perhaps the best way to let me know your ideas or thoughts is to e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I will reply to you as soon as possible. The very best way anyone who loves Mason can have a positive impact is to let your elected officials know what you think, and the thing that I will be emphasizing in the next few months is that we as the public servants of our community need to listen and then act with reason and wisdom. Together we are stronger and better prepared for the future, and the best way we can stay together is to talk and listen to one another. I hope you will join me in serving our community by letting your voice be heard, and I look forward to hearing your ideas and solutions that might be a positive influence on the future of our hometown.
Your friend and neighbor, Brent Hinckley