One of our regular spring services of the City is some free dump days at the landfill to allow our citizens to clean up and not have the extra burden of landfill fees. Particularly in regards to the dry season and the burn ban effecting the disposal of trash and debris throughout the county, this is a benefit to everyone in our community. We have scheduled the free dump period for next week on Thursday, Friday and Saturday (April 7 – 9) and are just waiting for agreement from our regulators to extend the hours some beyond our regular schedule. We will not be able to accept any additional waste beyond the regular household trash and clean up debris that are permitted for our landfill. We cannot accept any hazardous waste, construction debris, tires, appliances with Freon, paint or other garbage that is not regularly accepted at the landfill. Also, if you have a load of just shrub and tree trimmings, limbs and other yard debris that will go into our compost area, that material is accepted without fees at any time if that is all that you have on your load.
Recently we received notification in the City offices that the 2010 Census data was available finally, and the results were pretty much what we anticipated. The official City of Mason population is now 2114 which is down just a little from ten years ago. It shows we "lost" 20 people, but that is only a .94% drop and with the constant moves and changes in people’s lives I would expect we have that fluctuation every few months. The census also shows that one-third of our city population is Hispanic, being 698 counted citizens. Now the County population has grown a little over 7%, from 3738 in 2000 to 4012 now in 2010, so as a whole community we have increased. All of this is pretty much what I was expecting, and I view it as a definite positive that we are not growing significantly so that we are not constantly having to meet the greater needs of more and more people. Our goal in the City is to continue to improve the services and quality of our hometown, and although we will not be able to brag about population growth I feel very confident that we can be very proud of the lifestyle and benefits we enjoy in our small town. The Census just counts people and it says we are pretty much the same as we were ten years ago in Mason, but if there were another measure of improvements and quality of life I feel sure that it would show that the last ten years have seen remarkable changes for the better in Mason. Our commitment at the City is to make Mason the very best hometown in Texas and if you look at the changes in the past few years I think you will agree that working together we are well on our way to improving a great hometown and making it the very best.
Your friend and neighbor, Brent Hinckley