The last few weeks were busy around the Square in Mason, with a large number of visitors coming to the Hill Country when they had spring break. At times it was difficult to get across the street because of the traffic, which was a definite surprise from the winter "vacancy" around town.
With the warm spring weather and the bluebonnets making their show we can certainly expect many more visitors and I suspect that we will regularly see people we don’t know driving slowly through the countryside and walking around the shops. I hope that you will take a minute and share a Mason-friendly greeting and be sure that our visitors return home knowing the Mason really is the very best hometown in Texas!
One other way we can do some spring cleaning and show off our town to its best advantage is to clean the yards and pick up the trash around town. The City office has had several questions about continuing leaf and yard debris pickup, and we have worked out a way to extend the time a little longer. If you have leaves that did not get gathered up and sent to the compost area at the landfill during the fall and winter, we will continue for a little longer to help with that. If you will bag your leaves, set the bags at the curb and then call the city office at 347-6449 and let us know your address we will send a crew by to pick them up. However, we will only be able to continue this for a couple of more weeks, and we will have to end this service on April 9 for this spring to allow our crews to handle other problems. Call if we can help, but remember that there is a deadline and we will not be able to help in this way for much longer.
The City is also planning a Spring Clean-up and Free Dump at the landfill next month. We have tentatively scheduled it for April 15, 16 and 17 and will be accepting all refuse at the landfill from any county residents with no charges. Since we are working to help our citizens clean up their homes, we will not be able to accept commercial or construction debris during this time, but we are working to extend the landfill hours for the Friday evening of that weekend so that people can get their work done and take advantage of the free dumping until dark. The City is also working to get another trailer for the collection of used auto tires, however this time the cost will have to be covered by the City so the Commission decided that each person bringing tires would be charged $1.00 per tire and we would limit the customer to only 8 tires per household. We will be collecting tires, batteries, cardboard and plastics at the Recycling Center on Ave F during this Spring Clean-up, but some of the items we collected last spring cannot be collected this year. A full explanation of the Free Dump and recycling Clean-up will be provided in the next week or two, but start planning and put the dates on your calendar so that we can all work together to make our town and our entire community clean and neat. Mason is a great place to live and with all of us working together we can continue to brag that this is the very best hometown in Texas.
Your friend and neighbor, Brent Hinckley