The Thanksgiving turkey and dressing are just a memory, Advent has begun and the town is lit up every night with Christmas lights. This is a special time of year, and I hope each of you has time to visit your friends, family and neighbors and enjoy all of the extra activities that make this holiday time so important in our lives. Christmas is a wondrous time for our community and all it takes is a little extra time to drive around and see the lights, visit Heritage Park and enjoy the large "light tree", smile and visit with the people around town and join in the excitement and anticipation of our children and grandchildren.
The City is busy taking care of business and working on the various special projects. The electric crews did a great job of getting the lights around the square ready for Light Up Our Town activities last week. The garbage trucks ran extra routes to pick up everything before and after the holiday weekend, and please note that they will be running the same schedule for Christmas weekend because of the holiday schedule this year. The street crews have been working to clear some of the right of ways, and the park workers have spent time cleaning and mowing the last of this year’s growth.
One special change that the City has made recently is the installation of two stop signs on the south-east and north-west corners of the square. These locations previously had "yield" signs where the city streets intersect the state highway, and after careful consideration we decided it would be better if these were stop signs, and so they were changed a couple of weeks ago. We have placed orange cones at the base of the new stop signs to call attention to them, but I encourage you to drive by and make note of this change, and please come to a full stop at these locations for your safety and the safety of those around you. Also, be extra careful in the next few weeks with the many visitors and shoppers around the square and try to give extra consideration to the pedestrians around the square that might not be fully aware of the traffic.
The City crews have also begun the annual leaf pick-up this week and will continue until after the first of the year. We have split the town up into quadrants and will be working our way around the neighborhoods, so if we have not been by your street just be patient and we will get there. Our leaf truck works best if the leaves are raked to the street and the piles do not contain limbs or other extra debris. We will also pick up bagged leaves and debris on Wednesdays each week, so if you choose to do this type of cleanup, call the city office at 347-6449 and we will put your house of the list and be by to pick up your bagged leaves. We are trying hard to keep this type of debris out of our landfill, and appreciate your help in saving the landfill space for needed garbage, and it benefits all of us to put all of the leaves and limbs into the compost piles. Also, if you wish to take your leaves and yard debris directly to the landfill leaf area, there will be no charge for that service and we will be glad for your help in keeping our town clean and neat this season.
This is certainly a busy time of year for all of us, but if you have problems or concerns, or if you just see something that needs extra attention around town, please let us know at the City office and we will see what can be done. In this Christmas season it is a special blessing to be able to celebrate and enjoy the time in the best hometown in Texas, and I hope we can work together to make this a season of joy and gladness for all of our neighbors.
Your friend and neighbor, Brent Hinckley