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City Corner
Wednesday, November 30, 2011 • Posted November 30, 2011

I hope that everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving weekend, and had plenty to eat and the pleasure of family and friends to share with. The Mason Puncher football team certainly did a good job of making everyone’s weekend a little more special on Friday night, and we hope for good things to continue to happen in the coming weeks as they fight for a State Championship. The Christmas lights around the square and throughout town are adding a special glow for the holidays, and the Light Tree in Heritage Park is again a special addition to the community. In so many ways this is a wonderful time of year to enjoy all that makes Mason the very best hometown in Texas. This year the City has delayed the regular leaf pick-up at the curb since the trees are just beginning to drop their leaves in the past few days. Usually we have made a complete sweep through town by this time, but it has not been an issue yet, and so we are waiting to begin that job. However, if you have a problem and have leaves in your yard that you would like to dispose of quickly, please rake them up and bag them and then call the City office at 347-6449 and we will send a crew by to pick them up and take them to the brush pile at the landfill. We expect to get there and get them picked up within a day or so of when you call, so this is a good alternative to waiting for the leaf truck which we will begin running as soon as it seems prudent. There are a couple of projects we want you to know about that might affect your driving around town and may block some of the streets for short periods of time during the next few weeks. The Street crew has just begun to clear some of the drainage ditches at the sides of many of our residential streets around town. In many places this has not been done for a long time and the dirt and grass has accumulated and is blocking the eventual flow of rain water and may also cause more damage to the street surfaces in the future. Therefore, if you see some heavy equipment working at the side of a street, please try to give them plenty of room and they will be working to prepare our town for the rain that will certainly come sometime soon to break this drought. In addition there are other crews that will begin working in the next week or so to clean some of the sewer lines throughout town. This too will involve some City workers blocking some streets to lift manhole covers to access the sewer system, pumping water through the lines and suctioning it back out to remove the accumulated debris. This process is one that we do on a regular basis and helps to keep a major part of our City infrastructure functioning smoothly.Drive safely if you see some workers in the street around town, and know that they are working to make our town a little bit better. If you have concerns or see something that needs attention here in Mason, please give me a call at the City office and we will see what we can do to deal with it. We at the City continue to work to make Mason the best hometown, and with the Christmas season upon us this is a great time to call this community “home” and share it with the many people who come to enjoy it and the friends and family that are here. Your friend and neighbor, Brent Hinckley

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