The holidays are behind us, most of the Christmas decorations are put away, we have started a New Year and it is likely that some of the new resolutions are already just a memory. Around the City offices we are busy trying to keep up with the many first of the year issues, and there is plenty to keep us on our toes. The city auditors will be in the office next week to review last year’s financial information, and we have been preparing for that even while we feel sure that we will continue to have an excellent report when all of the data is examined. We have combined building official, inspections and code enforcement so that we can better serve our community, and have a new staff person that is qualified to handle this broad range of issues and maintain the proper certifications.
We have been working with TCEQ and improving our own procedures and staffing and expect this year to be a much more productive and less stressful time with all of our regulatory issues; there is still much to be done to meet or exceed the regulations but we are well on the way to addressing all of the issues we are aware of. In addition, we anticipate that in the next couple of weeks we will have a decision from the PUC about the final route selection for the Transmission Lines we have been so concerned about. Though I continue to be alert to this issue and anticipate being in attendance at the public hearing concerning this issue, there is a cautious optimism that the route will not be directed through Mason County. I will certainly keep you informed of the outcome of this and every other important concern as decisions are made that affect our community.
Our city work crews are busy with the new year as well. Our schedule is that leaf pickup will be completed this week, but if you still have leaves raked to the curb or bags of leaves to be removed please call the City office and have them put your name and address on our list and we will take care of those leaves. Our electric crew is busy taking down the Christmas decorations and finishing the changeover of the last couple of transformers on the old low voltage system, but of course there are several maintenance problems to be addressed in our electric distribution system. The Landfill is continuing to keep pace with the garbage pickup, and the Recycling Center is busy as ever and we are expecting to do some improvements there during the next couple of months. The water distribution main on the north side will be completed this week or next, and the next steps in this infrastructure improvement are being considered and planned.
Overall, this is an exciting time with the start of the year and much activity around town. We have many plans and projects, but if you have an idea or suggestion of some improvement you would like to see please let one of our staff, or a Commissioner, or myself know and we will see how it will fit with our mission and goals. Mason is surely one of the best hometowns in Texas and with your help and support we will continue to improve and work together to make it even better.
Your friend and neighbor, Brent Hinckley