Red Flag Burn Ban Lifted
Mason County News
Weather Overcast 64.0°F (64%)
CITY CORNER
Wednesday, April 20, 2011 • Posted April 20, 2011

The continuing hot weather and strong winds are having a negative effect on much of Texas and a detrimental impact here at home in Mason. Please respect the burn ban throughout the County because we certainly do not want the kind of wildfires that have been causing havoc in other parts of the state. I have also been writing about the watering schedule for our residents here in town so that we can prevent a severe water shortage as the summer heat builds and continues. I have had several customers raise questions about the schedule of north and east facing houses watering on odd calendar days and south and west houses watering on even days. Some homes have their own wells and use these for watering lawns, and that is fine, but we need to realize that all of this water comes from the same water aquifer that our entire City relies on. Thus the extra use that is just for landscape watering will eventually have an impact on all of us even if it is not reflected on your city water bill, so therefore we would ask that you respect and follow the voluntary water conservation of our drought response plans. The other problem is that many residences and businesses use a timed watering system to regulate their landscape care, but the timers are not set up to match the even/odd watering schedule we have requested. After some discussion with city staff, I would ask that if you have a private well or a lawn sprinkler system that is difficult to adapt to the even/odd schedule, please consider regulating your landscape watering to twice a week to help conserve the water that all of us in Mason rely upon. For everyone it would make sense to water just twice a week and the best practice would be to follow the recommended watering times of between 6:00 p.m. and 10:00 a.m. This schedule would avoid the hottest part of the day when much of the water you spray out is evaporated before it can do any good and get to the grass and shrub’s root systems. Our goal is to conserve the water resources we all rely on, and I hope that you will contribute your help in following a sensible watering schedule and encourage your neighbors to get into the habit of conserving and following a wise schedule also.I recently received a notification that the Texas Department of Transportation just kicked off a special program of “Share the Road” motorcycle safety and public awareness. The campaign urges motorists to look twice for motorcycles at intersections and when changing lanes, to prevent accidents involving motorcyclists. In 2009, 434 motorcyclists were killed, accounting for 14 percent of the state’s traffic deaths, and with the warmer weather we are seeing many more motorcyclists on the roadways of Mason. Locally it would be very wise to be alert and look carefully when you are driving around town, especially on weekends, and be aware of the many visitors that come to Mason on motorcycles. We are glad to share our hometown with the many people that choose to stop in and visit, but most importantly we are working to build a community we can all enjoy every day as we go about our work and play. Please help us as we work to conserve our water resources, and if you have a new idea or suggestion that might help improve our hometown just let one of us know in the City offices and we will work to make it happen. Together we will continue to see the improvements that will make Mason the very best hometown in Texas.Your friend and neighbor, Brent Hinckley

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