Congratulations to the Puncher football team that moved one step closer to a state championship this past Friday night. Good luck to them this coming Friday, and I hope that they can keep playing the outstanding ball game that they have shown us all season. The weather moved one step closer to winter this weekend also with the north wind and the much needed rain. The City will plan to start the leaf truck pickup in the next week or so, but it takes several days to make the circuit around the town so it may take a few extra days to get to your house. We still offer the option of picking up bagged leaves if you will just call the City office and let us know of your needs. Also, as I said in last week’s column, we will have crews working for the next several days in the residential streets around town cleaning the sewer system, so pay special attention when you are driving to avoid extra difficulties.Last week, on Thursday afternoon, the City crews faced a unique challenge when an oversized load of oil field equipment driving through town on Hwy 87 caught a telephone cable hanging low across the roadway in front of Super S and pulled over one electric pole and snapped another off at shoulder height. We had live electric lines down in the highway and much of the city was without power for a period ranging from an hour to three or four hours as our crews worked to fix the damage. I was on the scene for a couple of hours, and I want to express a heartfelt “Thank you” to the Central Texas Electric crew that came to assist, the Texas Department of Transportation employees that set out cones to direct traffic and helped in several other ways until the problem was solved, and the Mason Sheriff’s deputies that were on the scene and managed all of the various issues that arose. The City of Mason crews from every department also dropped everything and came running to help to deal with this emergency and keep everyone safe as the Electric crews worked overtime to repair the damage and restore power to all of our citizens. The generous and cooperative efforts with everyone helping to take care of a significant problem is just another sign of the neighborliness of all of the people who call Mason home and work together to make Mason a great hometown. We are strongly recommending that Verizon do a better job of maintaining their lines, since they are usually the lowest on our poles, and this is the second significant accident in the past six months resulting from low telephone lines being snagged by a vehicle. This month is particularly slow for decision making for the City, so I am cancelling the regular City Commission meeting scheduled for next Monday. There is plenty of activity around town, and there are some decisions that will need to be considered after the first of the year, but there is just the regular reports to be considered and these are available to anyone with concerns that would like to stop by the City office and talk about them with the City Administrator or the Mayor. The Christmas lights continue to glow every night making this a wonderful time of year to drive around and just enjoy the beauty of our town. Mason is a great hometown and I am just proud that we can work together and solve the problems that come up and make a better future for the next generation. The Puncher football players are working together as a great team to give us a season to be proud of, and the whole community of Mason works together to give this town a foundation of neighbors and friends that I am pleased and proud to call home. Take a few minutes this next week to speak to a neighbor or acquaintance and wish them all of the joy and warmth of this season and this hometown.
Your friend and neighbor, Brent Hinckley