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City Corner
Wednesday, July 13, 2011 • Posted July 13, 2011

Round-up weekend was a highlight for everyone who was in town this past weekend, and was probably the best it has been in years because of the hard work of the Chamber and the Rodeo Association in organizing all of the activities. The parade was as good as ever and is most people’s idea of a small town parade, and the booths on the square were numerous and well stocked with something for everyone. We had good cooperation with the road closures and redirections, the rodeo was great with the highlight of the queen’s court, and the bands and dances in town were a hit with everyone who attended. Now we get down to the regular mid-summer chores and heat, and hope that rain and cool weather will come sometime in the next few months.

The City Commission met this past Monday and most of the issues were fairly common and straight forward. We discussed the budget for next year and considered how to make ends meet without raising any rates for our citizens and residents. We also discussed the City fleet of vehicles and authorized the Administrator to purchase some new ones to reduce vehicle maintenance costs and to also dispose of some of the "well used" trucks and equipment that the City no longer needs. In addition to the other regular issues, including discussion about water issues, we decided to not add an ordinance to prohibit smoking in public places in Mason. The majority of the Commission felt it was better to leave the decision up to each business owner to allow or prohibit smoking in their premises and not place a ban on smoking and limit any citizens rights.

The weather for Round-up was hot and sunny, which was no particular surprise since it was just like all the days for the past several weeks and what is predicted for the next couple of weeks at least. We continue to pray for rain, but until we are so blessed and the creeks run with water again we will need to practice good water conservation. The City has implemented more restrictive watering schedules, and we are asking our residents to only water your yard once a week, and then only between the hours of 7:00 p.m. and 9:00 a.m. We are not specifying the day of the week like some other towns, we just ask you to use common sense and not run your sprinkler in one location more than once a week and during the specified hours. I have seen very few instances when someone was running a sprinkler at an inappropriate time, but you can hand water at any time. Please realize that we are not trying to be difficult, and we do not have the sever water issues other communities are experiencing, but we are trying to monitor and conserve our water resources to meet the needs of our people in town until we see an end to this drought. It is usually hot and dry this time of year, but the rainfall rate is fast approaching the driest times of the drought of the early 1950’s and we need to conserve the precious resources of our water to be sure that we are not harmed by this continuing dry spell.

The community of Mason is a special place in the Hill Country and this past weekend was a prime example. We want to continue to improve and provide a great hometown for all of us to live, work and play and with your help we will get even better. If you have ideas or suggestions about what needs doing right now, or some project that we can incorporate into our next year’s budget, please just let us know and together we will work out how best to improve our town. Water is certainly a precious resource, but our community and our citizens are even more important and working together we will continue to make Mason the very best hometown in Texas.

Your friend and neighbor, Brent Hinckley

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