I hope that everyone had a very enjoyable holiday season and that each of you is ready to start fresh with this new year. The past several weeks have been very full of special activities beginning with a very busy Thanksgiving weekend, continuing with football playoffs until our Puncher team brought home the State Championship trophy, and finally coming to a blessed Christmas weekend and a joyful welcome to the New Year. Now the presents are unwrapped, the tree and ornaments are probably stored for another year, and most of the new resolutions are in need of moral support or reinstatement. With the beginning of a new calendar, the City has a few extra opportunities and we are starting a new service that has been years in the process. I am very pleased to announce that we have completed and installed the new Reverse Osmosis distribution system at the Richard Eckert Civic Center. It is now operational and you may go at any time and fill your own water containers with treated drinking water that is free of all mineral and radionuclide contamination. There is no charge for this treated water, and while it does not bring our public water system into full compliance it does provide you with clean water that the City is providing for any resident who wishes to make use of the facility. This has been a project with over five years of planning and work to bring it about, but I hope that you will find it a true benefit to our citizens. Because we are one of only a small handful of towns that are offering free treated water in this manner, the state regulators had no way to handle our requests and so delayed our completion of this system, but it is now open and ready for your use, along with the handicap restrooms that are also in this new building just to the east of the Civic Center. With the coming year there are several other new opportunities around Mason. This weekend is the Wounded Warriors gathering and hunt, as well as the annual Mason Livestock Show. In the coming weeks I will write about some of the other projects that the City will be working on this year, such as the much needed upgrade of the waste water treatment plant and other improvements around town. Last year the City completed some major projects, such as the electronic water meters, and this year we will continue to work to improve our hometown so that it a place where we all can enjoy living and working to better ourselves and our community. If you have any questions or suggestions be sure and call us at City Hall or just stop me anywhere around town and share your ideas and concerns.