There have been a few changes around the City in the past couple of months, and you may very well see things happening differently because of them. One of the first changes we have implemented was the hiring of additional Animal Control personnel so that we could have patrolling during the evenings and weekends. As I mentioned a few weeks ago, Audrey Morquecho started at the first of this month and has provided good coverage of town for animal issues. We have also recently hired another employee for this department, and Zack Hanna started last week to help provide the extra hours of coverage. These two employees will be splitting the schedule so that they can cover the care of animals at the pound seven days a week, and provide for patrolling around town on hours that beyond the regular work week. This past weekend I saw one of them driving around town on both Saturday and Sunday afternoons, and you can expect to see them during evening hours as well. By increasing the hours our City Animal Control is out and about, we expect to have a particular impact on loose animals at all times instead of just during business hours.We have had another change that I reported a couple of weeks ago with the hiring of Donna Stockbridge for the position of Supervisor of the Recycling Center. After two weeks on the job, she has also had a very positive impact on the Recycling Center on Ave. F as well as overseeing the pickups around town of the cardboard and the recycling trailers. With some rearrangement of equipment at the Center, and management of the materials dropped off, and with the addition of another worker, the volume of recycling is beginning to be brought under control. Five years ago when I started emphasizing the importance of Recycling to our town, one person could easily handle all of the material that was being brought in for recycling. Now we have three people, the volume has increased to over a bail of recyclables a day with a average of over ten thousand pounds of recyclables brought in each week. New signage has been ordered for the Center, and other changes are being considered, including enlarging the building, and so you should be seeing some more positive changes and improvements in the City recycling program in the future. We are considering some other changes in the City as we work on the proposed budget for the coming year. We are looking into the ways in which we can improve the waste water treatment plant, and hope to have a solid plan worked out in the next couple of months. Last week I received a call from the TCEQ Plan Review team in Austin that resolved the final problems in providing the Reverse Osmosis water distribution station that we have planned for during the past couple of years. That equipment should be ordered this week, and once we receive the written confirmation of the regulator’s acceptance, we will install that equipment and begin providing this new service to our community. There will be more in this paper as we get closer to completion on this project that has been under consideration and that we have worked on for many months. As we wait for cooler weather and the rain that is coming soon, we will continue to work on improvements for our town. Together we can make Mason the best hometown in Texas, and with your help and support we will gladly work to make this a wonderful town for us all.
Your friend and neighbor, Brent Hinckley