The Roundup Parade, Rodeo and Queen’s Contest are over again for this year, and congratulations to all of the winners. This is the kind of activity and entertainment that makes rural Texas a “hometown” for everyone. It was fun to have all of the visitors in town, and I want to say a special THANK YOU to everyone who worked so hard to make the weekend a success: the Chamber for another great parade, Doreen Cardenas for organizing the courthouse activities, the Rodeo Association for a great evening of fun, everyone who participated, and the Sheriff’s Office, City crews, Chamber board and Rodeo workers that spent time in the weeks ahead making sure everything was ready for another great event.
As we get back to our regular schedule and activities, please remember that we are asking for your cooperation with a voluntary watering schedule and conservation of water. Our new water tower is now functioning and online and our water system is being adjusted with the new construction so we have plenty of water in reserve, but with the heat we all need to be careful and considerate. Also we have heard the rumor that there are problems with our water because we have had to issue several “boiled water notices” for specific neighborhoods during the past month. The real story is that we have had several water line breaks from construction and the replacement of three different fire hydrants, and the boiled water notices are a standard precaution until we get test results back from the lab assuring us that the water in our system is clean and not contaminated from open lines. Our water continues to be of excellent quality and our Water department is proud to be able to continue to serve the citizens through many different challenges.
We also are providing a special opportunity for our citizens this next weekend. Because of the enthusiasm and success of our Spring Clean-up a few months ago, the City is sponsoring another Free Dump Days on Friday and Saturday, July 17 and 18. We will be accepting our regular types of trash, debris and refuse at the landfill, with no charge, from 8 to 5 on Friday and from 8 to 3 on Saturday, but as always we can not accept any hazardous materials. In addition there will be a semi-trailer at the landfill both days for the collection of car and light truck tires (but no large truck tires nor any tires on rims). In March when we had a special Recycling Day, two trailers were filled with over 2400 tires from around our community and we had to turn away some people, so we are collecting tires again this time at the landfill. This is on a first come, first served basis and once we fill the trailer we will not be able to accept any more tires. This special collection is being funded by a Supplemental Environmental Project agreement with the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality and is being sponsored by the Hill Country Area RC&D, Inc. in conjunction with the City of Mason. Because of the extra efforts involved in this Free Dump Days, our garbage trucks will be running the Friday route on Thursday, so if this affects you please put your regular trash out a day early. Remember also that our Recycling Center is open every day for your drop off of plastics, paper, cardboard, cans and glass. This is a good time to work on cleaning up around the community, so please take advantage to do your own cleaning and let the city help in your disposals, and if you have additional questions call the city office for more information.
Mason is a wonderful hometown, and all of the recent activities only reinforce that. I hope everyone is enjoying the summer and staying out of the heat as much as possible. If you have any ideas, suggestions or concerns about how your town should be run or can be improved, please let me know and we will work toward making our community even better for the coming months and the years ahead.
Your friend and neighbor, Brent Hinckley