The weather continues to be hot and dry and there seems to be no end in sight. I want to thank all of our city residents that have voluntarily adopted the alternating days for watering your yards and landscaping. The willingness you have shown has been noticed, and although we continue to monitor and have concerns about the capacity of our local water system, we have only occasionally seen the radical demands that can occur when too many people all need water at one time. We believe that we have plenty of water capacity to meet the needs for the rest of this summer; however we continue to ask that you conserve and be careful with your water use.
If you have forgotten, please try to plan your outdoor watering schedule so 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. Please consider watering outdoors between the hours of 7:00 p.m. and 10:00 a.m. to avoid the scorching heat of the day.
With the heat of summer a couple of other issues are arising. First I want to remind you that the Fourth of July is coming up in a few days and it is unlawful to shoot fireworks within the city limits. With the holiday falling on a weekend this year many people may be tempted to extra enthusiasm in celebrating, but we need to remember that we live in community with others and fireworks and the possibility of unintended fires is not the “good neighbor” thing to do. With the extreme heat we are also running our air conditioning more and the utility bills that should be in your mailbox in the next day or two will be higher than the last several ones. We have seen a significant increase in the amount of power flowing through the substation, and if you are concerned about higher utility bills in the future you should be more aware of your thermostat now. There will be no increase in the cost of electricity this summer, but we are all using a good bit more to stay comfortable and the bills reflect that trend. Also, if you or someone you know is unable of provide reasonable air conditioning and truly needs relief from this heat, please let the city office know or call me directly and we will find a way or a place to get out of the heat and keep cool. As a community we each have a responsibility to be sure that our neighbors are cared for and do not suffer when things are particularly unbearable.
One other summer tradition in Mason is the regularity of yard and garage sales. There is no problem with the actual sales, but we have a problem with the signs that often pop up around town advertising the time and place of sales. It is prohibited for such signs to be tacked, nailed, taped, glued or otherwise attached to utility poles or trees and we would appreciate it if you would honor that. Just this morning one of our city employees went to remove a sign from a utility pole and pulled several dozen other nails from that pole, all of which could cause problems in the future for our electric crew in their day to day work or in emergency situations.
Living together in a community like Mason is wonderful, but one of the responsibilities that it involves is watching out for our neighbors whether that means following a watering schedule, choosing a safe way to celebrate the Fourth, or being sure that no one suffers unbearably from the heat. Living together in harmony does not mean we all must do the same things, but it does mean that we choose to help our neighbor rather than cause more problems. Mason is a wonderful hometown, and I hope we can all continue to work together to make it better for our children, our friends and all those we share this part of the Hill Country with.
Your friend and neighbor, Brent Hinckley