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Wednesday, June 23, 2010 • Posted June 23, 2010

Every year during the summer months the City Commission works with City Staff to establish the goals and budget for the coming year. For the past several years we have begun by discussing and prioritizing goals and objectives for the coming years, and we have recently begun to discuss this again. On Monday next week the Commission will meet in a special workshop to review and propose goals for the coming years, as well as discussing a vision and mission statement that will help us keep on track for the future. The Commission is made up of individuals that you elected to represent you, however we often see only that part of any problem or issue that is most important and visible in front of us. Therefore, as we try to represent all of the residents of Mason it is very important for us to hear from you about the goals and objectives you see that need attention and to get a handle on the directions you, our customers, would like to see our town grow and change. If you have any suggestions or ideas, please take a minute and let your Commissioner know, call the City office at 347-6449 and leave a message, or email me at and we will add your thoughts to ours to work together to improve our hometown.

Another question came up several different times in the past week, and I would like to clarify something that was reported in last week’s paper. Each year the Commission chooses one of its members to be Mayor Pro Tem for the coming year, and this is a position that is set up by state law to serve the leadership function in the absence of the Mayor. This year Anna Velez was chosen to fill this position, and if I am absent from a regular Commission meeting due to illness, or am out of town and unable to follow through on one of my duties, she will lead or function for that brief time to perform the duties of Mayor. I have no plans to be out of town for any lengthy period of time, and I certainly have no desire to spend time in bed ill; but it is a good thing for the City to be prepared and know that the Mayor’s job will be handled if or when I am unable. I can promise you that I continue to be firmly committed to providing the leadership and needed business-sense to serve our community as Mayor, and for the next two years of my current term I will do everything I can to continue the positive growth and neighborly service that has been the foundation of Mason’s city government for the recent past.

We are working right now at filling several vacancies in the City staff that have come up in the past few weeks. If you know someone who might be a good candidate for part-time or full-time worker in our departments, please check the employment ads in this paper or call the city office for information. Also, we have just completed the job of having all of the brush and limb pile at the landfill ground up into mulch. With all of the tree limbs and leaves, yard debris and other wood that had accumulated for the past couple of years, we now have some rather large piles of mulch to share, and we are giving it away to anyone who will come out to the landfill and take it away. We intend to use some of it around the various city parks and buildings, but there is lots to share so if you need some come out and help yourself.

Your friend and neighbor, Brent Hinckley

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