Mason County News
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Wednesday, May 11, 2011 • Posted May 11, 2011

It is hot and dry again, and there does not seem to be much chance for rain in the near future. The Volunteer Fire Department had their annual BBQ and fundraiser on Saturday night, and there were many people there and everyone was very supportive in this extreme wildfire season. I am sure that they raised quite a bit for their operating funds, but if you have not yet made a donation it can always be dropped off at the City office and we will be certain to gets to the right place. With the extra expenses from fighting the wildfires that have now burned over 2.2 million acres in Texas, and the continuing threat here in Mason and beyond, they need support from all of us as they respond unselfishly to every emergency that comes our way. With the continued heat, I need to remind our citizens to alternate watering lawns, with north and east facing houses on odd calendar days and south and west facing houses on even days. Several residents have commented on the difficulty of resetting automatic watering systems, and the city’s concerns will be met if you do not water more than two days a week, and limit watering to the times between 6:00 p.m. and 10:00 a.m. We have not seen a significant draw down on the water system at this time, but with the bulk of the summer still ahead we hope that all of our residents can get into good habits so that we do not have to take measures to “enforce” this in the next couple of months. One important date for City business is Election Day on Saturday, May 14. If you live in District 2 or 4 there is an opportunity for you to vote for who will represent your neighborhood on the City Commission for the next two years. There have been several announcements in this paper, but if you have any questions please call the City office and give us a chance to help. Voting will be at the City office on Saturday from 7:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m. and if you are affected I encourage you to make an effort to vote. Also, in a couple of weeks the City Swimming Pool will open so we are completing a few projects to improve that facility and making sure that we have trained lifeguards ready to take care of our children. There is a full article elsewhere in this paper with specific times and schedules, so please look for it and if you are interested pull it out for future reference during the summer. Things are going very good around the City lately, and our crews are working together to take care of all of the little chores that come along. If you have any ideas or suggestions please let us know and we will see what can be done. During the next month we will begin to work on the next year’s budget for the City, and in contrast to the State and School budgets, we do not see any drastic changes in our income or our ability to provide the services you expect. Since only a small portion of our City income is from sales and property taxes, and the majority comes from utility fees which are stable, we are not worried that we will have any problems meeting all of your needs and continuing to improve our town. We at the City are working to make Mason the very best hometown in Texas, and I do not see any reason we will not continue on that path for the future. Your friend and neighbor, Brent Hinckley

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