On Monday a week ago, just before the weather turned bitter cold and no one wanted to be outside unless it was absolutely necessary, Mason benefitted from an extraordinary gift of community service by our high school students. You may have seen some of the photos in last week’s paper, but the pictures could not do justice to the amazing amount of energy and value these young men and women contributed to our town. We are regularly reminded of how good our kids are, and that work day was just another example of their commitment to making our town a better place as most every high schooler that was available split up into teams and went to work around Mason. They cleaned and painted at Comanche Creek Park on the north side of town, they picked up trash and trimmed brush and limbs at the Nature Trail and the City Park on the south side, they painted all the handrails around the Courthouse square, they helped out at the Recycling Center, and they did maintenance and painting at the School property. And that was just some of the projects they worked on; they also cleaned trash at White’s crossing and the James River crossings of the Llano, they picked up trash along Hwy 29, Hwy 87, Ave F and Bickenbach Road, they cleaned up at Gooch Cemetery, they worked at the Thrift Store, and one group worked all day making casseroles for the Food Bank to be given to those that need that service.
I have probably left out some of the jobs that were done, but at the end of the day it was amazing what good could come from all that young enthusiasm being directed to helping our community in so many different ways. I want to share a heart-felt THANKS!!! to all those who worked and to the many adults that helped and directed, and to the ones behind the scenes that organized all the activities. This was a remarkable day that gave real substance to the idea that we can work together to make our hometown the best in Texas, and I hope that we can do it again next year. I also hope that some of the adults around town might learn from our younger generation and look for a way they can help out and contribute to improving our hometown.
With the very cold weather last week, and the forecast of more cold on the way with some possibility of snow, the City has been functioning very well. The City crews had prepared for the intense cold and there were no significant problems that we were not expecting and ready for. Many home water pipes froze around town and we helped with cutting off water at the meter where that was necessary, but the City distribution pipes and all of the water wells and storage tanks managed with very few problems. The Street crew was ready for icy weather and out early in the morning with the new sand spreader that we purchased last fall; we do not need to sand the streets and bridges often but we wanted to be prepared to do a good job when the need arises. And with the regular maintenance that our Electric Crew does to provide excellent service, there were no power outages in Mason caused by the bad weather in contrast to so many other places around the state and nation. Our city crews did a great job of being prepared and providing outstanding service to our community in the past week in some difficult times and weather, and each of them deserves a special "thank you" if you see them around town; they are committed to providing excellent customer service and we all benefit from their preparation and successes. Mason is truly the best hometown in Texas, and when you consider all the different people, and the variety of projects that they are contributing to every day, it is evident that working together we each help to improve this community we can proudly call home.
Your friend and neighbor, Brent Hinckley