Last week I talked about the Recycling Center and the jump in usage by our residents and the better material handling by our crews. There have been improvements all around with recycling, and this week we start another program that will help clean up our community and provide additional recycling for a very obnoxious type of “trash”. Starting Wednesday, October 5, we will have a trailer to collect used tires at the Recycling yard, and for a small fee of $2.00 each we will take those tires that just stack up and be sure they are recycled. The fee is just to offset the additional costs to the City, and we will be glad to have you come into the Recycling Center on Ave. F between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. on every weekday for the next couple of weeks to drop off your old tires. If you know of any old tires around Mason please bring them by and recycle them, and if you know of a neighbor or someone else who has some old tires that are just an eyesore, you might want to be sure and mention this opportunity to them for cleaning up.We are having another problem with recycling that we need some help from the public in solving. Over the past several years the City of Mason has received two grants to fund the purchase of recycling trailers that we have parked around town for your convenience in the collection of recyclables. These have worked well, and many residents like the idea of being able to drop off recycling at any hour of the day or night at a spot in your own neighborhood. However, we have an increasing problem with people dropping off their household trash beside the trailers or in the bins rather than just recyclable materials. This leaves our crews the job of sorting trash from the regular recycle things, and the trash is usually left beside the trailers and ends up blown onto neighboring properties and causing a greater mess. The Recycling trailers are for just that one type of material, Recycling, and the trash needs to be taken to the landfill or put in an appropriate trash can. We need your help in correcting this problem and if you see someone else putting trash out at the recycling trailers please let them know that is not the right place. One place we are having good cooperation is with the water restrictions we have had to put in place. The weather is a little cooler, but the drought continues, and most everyone is well aware that we are wise to conserve all the water that is possible. The City has only issued a handful of warnings so far because of noncompliance and we have not yet had to issue any citations, so we have to say a big “thank you” to everyone who is following the rules and limiting their yard and landscape watering. It is hard, but for now it is important to not waste water on a lush green yard when the rainfall is so limited. One other bit of information about City business that you might want to note: our next regular City Commission meeting was originally scheduled for what is a holiday for Columbus Day, and so the Commission decided to move it back a couple of weeks. Therefore, the next Commission meeting will be on October 24, which is pretty late in the month but will allow for a couple of pieces of business to be completed at that time that would not be finished any earlier. If you have something that you would like the Commission to know or hear, please mark your calendar and come then; but of course we are always willing to listen to all of the concerns or ideas that our citizens have at any time. This is your hometown, and we all want to work together to make it a great place to live and work.
Your friend and neighbor, Brent Hinckley