The past couple of weeks have been busy around the City office as we have adjusted to the resignation of the City Administrator. The City Commission has discussed the situation and determined not to advertise to fill that vacancy for the next few months, and to allow me the flexibility to provide full leadership for the interim. I have therefore been spending more time in the City office and resolving several pending issues. For instance, you should be receiving the annual Drinking Water Quality Report in the next few days if you are a customer of the city, so that we will meet the regulations required of all water systems. In addition there are several problems from recent TCEQ inspections which are being resolved, and the proper paperwork is being prepared for submission to that regulatory agency of the State in the next week. The construction of the upgrade for the City swimming pool is complete and the water and the pool area are being cleaned in preparation for the opening of the pool after school is out. There is another article in this paper about “Splash Day” next Saturday to celebrate the reopening of the pool.
In addition to the special issues being resolved, there are on-going projects that are on schedule, or even ahead of schedule, that provide for the continued improvement of our hometown. The regular maintenance of the fire hydrant system is ahead of schedule and new hydrants are being added in conjunction with the water looping project around the school grounds. The new water tower has now been flushed twice and is being refilled to be on-line for use in our water system in the next week, in time for the added usage of the hot summer months. The landfill is being improved also at this time so that we can continue to appropriately provide for the disposal of our garbage for many more years to come. Also at this time we are examining the Animal Control facility and identifying some improvements that will provide a better environment for the dogs and cats and make the maintenance and work at the facility easier for our employees.
In the near future the City Commission will need to begin working on the budget and cash flow expectations for the coming year. A part of wise budgeting is to identify the goals and projects that need to be planned for the months ahead so that we can provide the funding to make them happen. We will be considering how best to provide further improvements to the city water system, what additions we can envision for the parks and recreational needs of our citizens, what budgeting we need to provide to the local law enforcement to protect and patrol our community, and what infrastructure within the city needs to be improved for the health, safety and satisfaction of all of us. Throughout the city we need to have your ideas and comments on what you want done to make Mason the hometown we can all be proud and pleased with. Have you had a chance to speak to your Commissioner or to the City staff and share your suggestions? If not, I am in the City office everyday and would be glad to pause for a few moments to talk with you. Also, next Monday is our regular City Commission meeting, and every meeting starts with a period for public comments. This would be a good time to voice your ideas or concerns, your thoughts and suggestions to the entire Commission, so please consider coming to the Richard Eckert Civic Center at 5:00 p.m. on June 8 and letting us hear from you. If that is not a convenient time, please feel free to e-mail me at email@example.com and I will consider your ideas. Thank you for your input, your support and your concern and together we will make this the best hometown in Central Texas.
Your friend and neighbor, Brent Hinckley