After the success of their first free dump day earlier this spring, the City of Mason decided at their June 8 meeting to hold another such event in July.
The City Commissioners discussed the comments they had received about the spring event, and decided that residents still wanted one more opportunity to dispose of their trash and other items. The City's budget for tire disposal required the Commission to vote to assess a $1 per tire fee for the July event. Also, because many had requested an opportunity to dispose of old building materials and waste, it was decided to charge $5 per load of that type of garbage.
The July cleanup is currently scheduled for the 17th and 18th, providing two days for residents to do their disposal. The two days, it is hoped by the City Commission, will also help alleviate the long lines associated with the spring event.
The Commission also decided to move ahead with extension of the water looping project to the Post Hill standpipe. This was requested by Mayor Brent Hinckley. He explained that this project was necessary to facilitate repairs to the standpipe that could only be accomplished if it was completely drained. For that to occur, the water loop needed to be connected to the new elevated storage tank on the west side of town.
The extension will cost an additional $65,000; but, is part of the original water looping plan, so would have been necessary eventually.
In other action, Mayor Brent Hinckley asked for nominations for Mayor Pro Tempre. Commissioner Jared Carter nominated Commissioner William Beaty. The motion was seconded by Commissioner Anna Velez and approved by a 3-0-1 vote, with Commissioner Beaty abstaining. Commissioner Bob Vacek was not present at the meeting.