The next few days include several special events, with the rescheduled Spring Clean-up and Free Dump days starting tomorrow, Saturday being Election Day for City Commission and Mayor and School Board, and most especially Sunday being Mother’s Day. Each of these is important in its own special way, and I hope all the women of Mason have a special day and extra recognition on Sunday; however, the other two events are the focus of what I need to say in this article. The Mayor’s position and Commissioner for District 3 are both contested elections, and it is important for the citizens of Mason to take a couple of minutes on Saturday and go by the City Office to cast their vote and be sure their voice is heard in how our town moves forward for the next two years. The voting will be from 7:00 am to 7:00 pm on May 8, Saturday, for both city elections and school board at the City Hall, and all registered voters are encouraged to stop in and vote for the candidate of your choice.
The Free Dump has been talked about in several articles and City Corner columns in the past month since we had to cancel the first scheduled weekend due to rain, so I will not restate every detail. The landfill will be open Thursday and Saturday regular hours, and Friday we will be open late until 8:00 pm to allow everyone extra time until dusk to bring your trash to the dump. We also still have the trailer for collection of used tires at the Recycle Center and will continue to accept those until the trailer is full. These Free Dump Days are the City’s way to help our residents in doing Spring Cleaning around their house and property, and I hope you will take advantage of this to help clean and straighten up our community for the health, safety and enjoyment of everyone.
Another way we can all work together for a cleaner and better Mason is to encourage and support the recycling efforts that are in place in Mason. The City just last week received three new recycling trailers to be placed around town to provide easy drop-off of paper, plastics and cans, and they should be out and available by the time you read this. These new trailers and our city Recycling Crew of Howard Grosse and J.D. Sanders, along with City Administrator John Palacio and myself are shown in the photo accompanying this article. We plan to place these where they are convenient to you: one will be at the City park for easy access to the RV campers and for events at the park, another will be placed at Comanche Creek Park for the use of citizens on the north side of town, and one will be at the landfill for extra recycling when city and county residents are disposing of their regular trash. These new trailers are exactly like the ones already in service, and are the result of a grant from the Concho Valley Council of Government. The citizens have made good use of the existing recycling trailers and the Recycling Center on Ave F, and I hope that you will try to utilize these new opportunities and make recycling a new habit in your household. If you have any questions about these new trailers or anything else regarding Recycling, please call the city office at 347-6449 and we will try to get you a prompt answer. Mason is a beautiful and clean place to live and work, and if we all continue to work together to clean-up and recycle then it will remain the very best hometown in Texas for many years to come.
Your friend and neighbor, Brent Hinckley