On the calendar we are only half way through the year, and we all know it is several months until Christmas and the first of next year. However, recently at the City office it feels like the end of one year and the start of something new. We have completed the new water tower and all of the connections and it is now functioning completely. The first phase of the water looping project was completed last week, and now we can empty the old water storage standpipe by the Fort for some much needed maintenance. The second free dump days this year was very successful and we collected another trailer of old tires to help cleanup our community. The landfill itself is functioning better than ever with several small changes and the addition of a new large compactor that is making the work out there more efficient. Anyone who has stopped by the swimming pool is aware of the improvements that have made that facility a real summer-time entertainment destination in Mason, and it has been virtually full most every day. There are several other small projects that are nearing completion and it seems that even when we know there will always be additions to our work lists, they seem to be much more controllable and even shrinking lately.
The other reason it seems like a “new year” is that we are working on the City budget for the coming months. The City starts a new fiscal year on November 1, and so we are presently discussing goals and objectives and then considering how to fund the various projects we want to accomplish in the next twelve months. It has been a real pleasure to review the goals and projects of the past couple of years and realize how many have been completed and the improvements that have resulted. Now we need to get specific about the ways we can improve our hometown. The Commissioners and I have met, and we have a list of the things we want to be working on, but we also need to hear from you, our citizens, about what you think needs improvement. If you have an idea, a positive suggestion, or even just the hint of something that would make our community a better home, we really need to know what it is. Our town, just like our state and nation, is a community “of the people” and we want to know what our people want. If you have something you would like to be considered in the goals and budget for the next year, contact your Commissioner, or contact me directly at the city office 347-6449 or at my email email@example.com and we will consider your comments. The changes I have seen through the years around Mason, whether the recent swimming pool improvements, the water tower, the emphasis on recycling, the changes in the electric distribution system, the new Civic Center, or the improvements at the City Park, have all come about because someone took the time to dream, consider the project and then worked with the City to make it a reality. What is your dream? If you want see our hometown as a better community in the future now is the time to let your suggestions and ideas be heard. I hope we hear from you soon.
Your friend and neighbor, Brent Hinckley