During the past few weeks I have been away from Mason attending a Texas Municipal League conference and taking some personal time to rest and relax on vacation, and so I have not written a column in some time. During this time, the City has had a Commissioner resign and we have discussed and begun the process of appointing a replacement; there has been construction on the north side of town along Pontotoc St to place a new water main and that stage should be completed next week with the road bore under the "S" curve on 386; the street crew has cleaned up several right of ways along city streets; and we had a successful "free dump days" at the landfill to help everyone clean up around town this fall. In addition to these special projects our regular work has continued as we provide electricity, water and garbage collection for all of our residents and keep the City of Mason functioning and improving.
As we enjoy this Thanksgiving weekend, we in Mason have much to be very thankful for. We have a beautiful and safe rural town to call home, and after spending time in several other towns the past few weeks I am always glad to get back to my special hometown. We can be appreciative of all the citizens who have worked and contributed to try and keep an unsightly path of transmission towers out of our county; the final decision will not be made for a few more weeks but we can be cautiously optimistic that after all our efforts the PUC has heard our concerns and will choose a route that will not impact any of Mason county. And most importantly we can be thankful that we live in a land of freedom where we can enjoy the blessings of this holiday season with family and friends in a community that treats everyone as a special neighbor and shares the burdens as well as the love for each other.
Light up Our Town will be in just a couple of days, and our city electric crew has worked hard to get all of the lights and decorations around the square and at Heritage Park ready. We appreciate their efforts, and I hope you have a good time putting up decorations at your home and have some time to be out and enjoy the lights and festive décor around town. If you spend time in the next couple of weeks raking leaves and cleaning your yard, the city crews will be starting their rounds collecting leaves next week and will continue till after the first of the year. Remember to separate leaves from limbs and other debris, and if you have bagged leaves you can take them out to the landfill free of charge. If you have suggestions or concerns that would make our hometown a little better and nicer this holiday, just let me know and we will see what can get done. This is the start of a very special time of year everywhere, but my hometown of Mason is one of the very nicest places to be this time of year.
Your friend and neighbor, Brent Hinckley