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CITY CORNER
Wednesday, June 17, 2009 • Posted June 17, 2009

Things are going well, and with the summer heat upon us it is nice to stay inside or go by the city pool to cool off. The city pool has been open for the past ten days, and is crowded every afternoon with kids wanting a place to play and stay wet. For all the information about the extended time for swimming and the special swims, read the articles that our pool manager, Ms. Sherry Alm is putting in this paper or call 325-805-1278 for specifics. There are a few problems that we need to face and adjust to as the heat continues and the dryness that comes every year really sets in. The city water system is being improved with the new elevated storage tank and the additional water mains, but we are still working to balance all of the parts of the system and complete the work that is underway. This past week we have experienced some problems in keeping up with the demands for water in the evenings when everyone gets home and turns on the sprinklers, so we are asking our citizens to voluntarily comply with our first stages of water conservation and wise usage. We appreciate it if you would be considerate and limit your outdoor sprinkling and watering of lawns and landscapes. We ask that if your house faces north or east you water on odd calendar days, and if your house faces south or west you water on even calendar days. Also, please consider watering between the hours of 7:00 p.m. and 10:00 a.m. so that you allow our water system to “recharge” during the day and not affect the daytime activities that require water usage. We do not anticipate experiencing a critical water shortage during the summer, and your help and contribution to water conservation will help to maintain the water resources for all of our citizens.

The other system that is experiencing additional load requirements with the prolonged heat is the electrical system we all use to keep our homes cool. At this time we have no concerns about having enough power available, but because of the extra demands we can expect that the bills we receive in the coming months will be larger. We will all have to work a little harder to pay for the cool we enjoy now. The best thing you can do is to individually monitor and control any waste or excess usage at your home to keep your bills from being too high. Every conservation step you take today will mean less of an increase in your utility bills next month.

As you can see, two of the resources we all take for granted need to be seriously thought about in the coming weeks. Water and electricity are important to each of us as we deal with this hot summer, but we need to take a serious look at how we use these resources and conserve every way we can. I would strongly encourage you reduce your water usage and alternate your water schedule to fit our model so that we do not have to take more difficult measures in the coming weeks. And it is only smart to think about how you use electricity and try to reduce every little bit so that the bills you get in the next couple of months are not too shocking. If you have any questions or concerns about either of these issues, please contact me or any of the city staff at 347-6449 and we will try to address your problems and provide you answers. We are all affected by the heat that is all around us, but it is up to us individually to make changes so that the effects are not too great and our community continues to thrive.

In addition to this being the hot time of year, from the city calendar it is also the time of year when we set goals and objectives, and the City Commission works out the budget for the coming year in order to meet those goals. A number of the primary goals we set last year have been met or are being addressed at the current time and will be completed as we come to the close of this fiscal year. During the next several weeks we will be re-evaluating our vision and setting new goals and then considering how to best fund the needs for the coming year. Each of us has our own idea of the things the city needs to do, and the best way for your voice to be heard is for you to let your Commissioner know what you think is important. If you have an idea or a concern that you feel strongly about and want to be sure is considered this year, now is the time to talk to a City Commissioner. Our City Commissioners represent you and any one of them would be glad to hear from you, so please talk to either Ms Anna Velez, Mr William Beatty, Mr Bob Vacek or Mr Jared Carter and let them know how you feel. And as always, I am available to hear any suggestion, concern or complaint you might have and would be glad to talk if you would call the city office at 347-6449 and leave me a message. Mason is very blessed to have the citizens that make our community, the resources to meet the needs for today and the future, and the natural beauty to be a wonderful home for all of us. With your involvement and ideas we will continue to prosper and create a community that will be the best hometown in Texas today for us and tomorrow for future generations.

Your friend and neighbor, Brent Hinckley

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