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Wednesday, April 6, 2011 • Posted April 6, 2011

This weekend is the Free Dump activity at the city Landfill, so if you have trash or debris that you would like to clean up this spring now is a good time for you to load it up and take it to the dump. We are not able to handle any hazardous household waste nor are we disposing of tires, paint, chemicals or batteries for this weekend event, but we can take any of the regular household trash or debris that can normally be disposed of at the landfill. The landfill will be open for city and county residents during our regular hours of 8 to 5 p.m. on Thursday and Friday, and extended hours of 8 to noon on Saturday and although we will weigh all loads for our records, there will not be any charges for dumping. The City makes this extra effort to provide a free dump time each spring to aid our citizens with their spring clean ups, and particularly with the dry conditions and burn ban this is the best option for disposing with trash and debris for everyone in the county.

The season continues to be very dry and generally rather hot, and the burn ban continues throughout the county. This includes any fires in the City, even outdoor home cooking fires, and prohibits basically any fire that you would have to light a match to start. Because of the hot dry weather, and with the awareness that we have not had a rain since last September, we are becoming concerned about the water supply for providing the needs of our citizens around town. We are not seeing a serious problem with the water supplies at this time, but with the projections of continuing hot and dry weather for the next several months, the City Administrator has called for the first level of drought response as set out in our City Ordinances. This is a response to moderate drought conditions and means that our community should look for specific ways to conserve water and to voluntarily reduce water use. Knowing that the summer will only make this problem worse, we are beginning to ask that our citizens begin the following lawn watering schedules: customers whose house faces north of east may water on odd calendar days, and those customers whose house faces south or west may water on even calendar days. It is encouraged that watering should occur only between the hours of 6:00 p.m. and 10:00 a.m., so please plan accordingly or reset your automatic watering systems to meet this schedule. We will continue to address this problem with additional ideas for water conservation during the next several weeks, so keep reading the City Corner and if you have ideas please let us know.

I am well aware that this is the earliest we have called for water conservation and imposed a watering schedule in many years, but with the dry conditions it is only reasonable to start now and get everyone’s cooperation as soon as possible. If you have any questions please feel free to call the City office and talk with John Palacio or contact me at any time and we will be glad to answer your concerns. Next Monday, April 11, is our regular City Commission meeting and we would be glad to have any citizen input at that time as well. Our town is important to all of us and if there is any way we can help meet your needs or if you have any concern or suggestions everyone at the City of Mason is willing to listen and work together to continue to improve our community and make this the very best hometown in Texas.

Your friend and neighbor, Brent Hinckley

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