The past few days of steady rain have been wonderful for our countryside and the wildflowers, but of course there have been a couple of problems as well. The ranchers are all worried about the water gaps in the fences, the roads are boggy and too wet, and even in town we are having a few problems with roads and drainage. The biggest problem was the Free Dump days that we scheduled for last week and had to cancel because of the weather and the boggy conditions at the landfill. We will definitely reschedule our Spring Clean-up and Free Dump Days after the first of May once we see what the weather patterns seem to indicate, so watch this newspaper for details and we will let you know as soon as a decision is reached. We will continue to accept used passenger tires at the Recycle Center on Ave. F until the trailer is full, so drop by and leave your tires with the city crew; just remember that we have set a limit of 8 tires per person and are charging $1.00 per tire to help defray the cost.
There is another activity scheduled that I hope you will put on your calendar and participate in, and that is the election of City officials for the coming years. This spring, there are contested elections for Mayor, in which every registered voter in the City of Mason can vote, and Commissioner for District 3 for which only the citizens in that district can vote. Early voting begins next Monday, April 26 from 8:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. each day at the City Offices. The hours are extended on Friday, April 30, from 7:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m., and the last day to vote early is Tuesday, May 4, and again the hours will be extended that day for 7:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m. Election Day is Saturday, May 8, and the polls will be open from 7:00 to 7:00 again and voting will take place again in the City Offices on the southwest corner of the Square. It is always important that our elected officials truly represent the majority of our community, and your voice is important in giving direction for the coming years in our City government. Please take a few minutes during the next couple of weeks to stop by the City and vote for the candidates you feel can best represent you and lead our community into the future. If you have questions, or need any help, please call our City Secretary, Pattie Grote at 347-6449.
Mason is a wonderful hometown and a great community in which to live and work. We are still pursuing the process to fight the routing of Transmission Lines through our county, and the City continues to work to bring all of our regulated services into full environmental compliance. Together we are building a community that will be a benefit to our grandchildren, and you can help by participating with your ideas, concerns and by voting for your choice for city officials. If you have suggestions, problems or just want to talk over a city issue, please call me or our City Administrator and we will be glad to help in whatever way we can. Mason is a good hometown and together we will make it truly great.
Your friend and neighbor, Brent Hinckley