It is hot outside, and most of us try to do our yard work and outside activities in the morning or evening when it is a little cooler. There has been a group in town this week that is out and doing hard work all day in an effort to help some of our citizens that have problems doing their own projects. A group of 45 young people and a large number of adult helpers from Methodist Churches in Waxahachie, Burleson, Mineral Wells and Weatherford have come to Mason this week to do some "mission work" for those who need help. They are cleaning yards, repairing roofs, building handicap ramps, filling washouts in driveways, painting and caulking and helping in every way they can all around town. They are working in the heat of the day, spending the nights sleeping on the floor of the Richard Eckert Civic Center, and eating and worshiping at the First Methodist Church as they try to show the love of Christ to everyone they contact. It is exciting and encouraging to see other people come from out of town and see some of our problems and shed some sweat, and still think that Mason is a great place to be.
There are a number of people around town that are very grateful for help and energy of young workers, and all of our community is better for having an influx of smiles and clean-up. If you see some of this group around town, stop by and welcome them to Mason and tell them "Thanks!!" for spending their week working with us to make our community the best hometown in the Hill Country.
Another way we are working to improve our town is a new addition at the Recycling Center. We have just received a fluorescent "light bulb eater" that will crush all kinds of light tubes and hold the glass and chemicals in a 55 gallon barrel to be recycled and disposed of. It is a fun piece of equipment (it treats a fluorescent light tube just like my boys ate spaghetti, by sucking it down) that adds some more flexibility to what and how we keep recyclable trash out or our landfill. If you have some light tubes bring them by the Recycling Center, and if you just want some cheap entertainment stop by and watch our new equipment "eat" some fluorescent tubes. The City Administrator, City Commission and I are working on the budget for the next fiscal year, and if you have ideas of projects that would improve our community, please let us know so that we can consider them and if they are a possibility we will provide the funding to make it happen. Together we will continue to work to make Mason the very best hometown in Texas.
Your friend and neighbor, Brent Hinckley