It is true for every business that occasionally the chief decision makers need to get out of town and see a new perspective on the problems and potentials that exist. Last week I had that opportunity in regards to City business when I went to Fort Worth for three days to attend the Texas Municipal League’s annual convention and trade show. It was a good reminder to be with over a thousand other public servants who were all in the same boat we are; trying to provide reasonable solutions to community problems in today’s inflationary economic environment and with dwindling cash reserves. There were several sessions that dealt with subjects such as leadership for these changing times and motivational speakers that reminded us of the positive aspects of serving and being the best possible person for our community and ourselves. There was some straight talk about the changing world around us and the need to adapt to a society that is technologically and socially younger and more flexible than most of us in rural Texas have even imagined.
All of the speakers were challenging and enlightening, but the part that I most enjoyed was making contact with several new sources to solve problems we have here in Mason. The trade show covered the whole floor of the Fort Worth Convention Center and showed off companies that offer most everything a city needs in services and products. I have contacts now to resolve some of our recycling problems; a company to grind up the large brush and limb pile that has accumulated at the landfill; new sources for playground equipment and swimming pool options when we look again at the recreational needs of our town; and new possibilities for consulting services for some of our basic needs. The City Commission had discussed in the past the need to have a radar sign that would show our drivers just how fast they are traveling in various areas around town, and the high cost had prevented us from acting on that. After considering three different company’s products, I will soon present to the City Commission a proposal to purchase a better sign than we had previously thought about, and at a fraction of the cost we previously rejected. There are several ways we will be working in the near future to solve some issues and make Mason the kind of hometown we all can be proud of.
Notice that we are in the process of selling three parcels of city property, two portions of the Industrial Park and a lot on the north end of Sharla Street. All city property is sold through a sealed bid process, and we will accept bids for the next three weeks and open them on Friday, November 20 as is published in this paper. If you have questions, please contact the City Office at 325-347-6449 for information.
There is much going on around town, and in a few days hunting season opens and we will again see the highways and cafes crowded with hunters from every corner of Texas and beyond. I am going to be taking a few days to get away for my own relaxation and renewal. Monica and I will be out of town, so I will not have a column for a couple of weeks, and if you need anything the City Staff will be available to help. I hope that with the cooler weather and the occasional rains we have been having that you are enjoying our countryside a little more. Remember to treat all of the visitors around town for the next couple of months as good neighbors, and they will go home spreading the word that the very best hometown is right here in the middle of Texas...a special place called Mason.
Your friend and neighbor, Brent Hinckley