It is officially Summer now, and the hot and dry weather bears witness to that fact. The longer term weather forecasts indicate that we can expect continued hot, dry days for many weeks to come, and we at the City have already seen the water usage increase. As you can read elsewhere in this paper, we have begun the first phase of our water conservation plan and are now are asking for your voluntary assistance in conserving our water supplies. We have seen our water reserves drop during the day and be reduced below reasonable levels in the evenings as more people are home and watering yards, so we are requesting that you limit lawn watering to the evening and early morning hours. We are also asking your cooperation in an alternating water schedule where north and east facing homes water on even days, and south and west facing homes on odd numbered days. If you have a sprinkler system, please check it and see that it will operate during the proper time and day cycle. We appreciate your help and cooperation in our efforts to conserve the water resources we all depend on, and I hope that we will not need to enforce any stricter regulation as provided by our Ordinances, but it will take all of us voluntarily assisting in this effort.
If you have any questions about our voluntary water schedule, please call the City Office at 347-6449 and the staff can help you. The improvements that have been completed in the past couple of years to the water system, specifically the new water tower and the first phase of the 10" water main system, have been instrumental in providing additional capacity to our distribution system. At the next regular City Commission meeting we will be discussing and taking action on the next phase of the water main system and awarding a contract based on the bids we have received, and this fall I anticipate work commencing on the north side of town to improve the water delivery system there. Each of the improvements that we are working on take a great deal of time and attention to detail to be sure that they all work together to provide all of the services you expect for our community.
During the past several years the City has worked hard to improve all of the systems we operate, however if you or any of your friends have any questions or concerns the City staff or any elected official would be pleased to talk with you and work to find the answers. Whether your concern is the water quality or distribution system, the lifespan or gas emissions at the landfill, the upgrade of the electric system, the fire hydrant system and maintenance, or how we can improve recycling, we would like to hear from you. There are no secrets in municipal government, and I have tried for five years to provide reasonable answers and information for any questions or issues that have been brought up by any citizen, but the only way that can work is for you to let me know what your concern is. If you would like to talk about any city issue, please contact me or one of the city staff at 347-6449, or stop me anytime you see me around town and I will make time for your concern. I am pleased and proud of all that we have done recently to make Mason the very best hometown in Texas, and I look forward to continuing to work with you to improve our community so that it will be best from a professional, business and personal viewpoint.
Your friend and neighbor, Brent Hinckley