The City of Mason has made some changes in Animal Control over the past few months and we are very pleased at the results. We now have two people doing patrol and taking care of the calls and the dog pound, and the extra effort and time have provided several benefits. Now our patrol of the city includes weekends and most evenings and we are able to watch for loose animals in the city on a much more regular basis. Also, the dog pound down at the City Park is being maintained better and last month we had an inspection from the State and received an Excellent report with no issues at all! One of our Animal Control employees has been fully certified, and the other is attending class this week to complete his training and certification. We have also improved our animal adoption and reclamation procedures and they are posted and available at the City office. We have recently loosened our adoption policies, particularly as it applies to cats, since we are past the increased rabies threat of the hot months and the State is no longer recommending we take extra precautions to prevent rabies spread from feral cats. The City is certainly making available for adoption cats and dogs that do not exhibit any behavioral problems and do not pose a risk to people and in particular children in our community, however we do have a few rules. To be reclaimed or adopted, a pet must have proof of a current rabies shot or if not then arrangements must be made with a Vet to provide that the animal is promptly vaccinated against rabies. If a dog or cat is to be adopted from the pound, we ask that they be sterilized, either spayed or castrated, by the new owner within a reasonable time and a $20.00 adoption fee is charged. If a pet is impounded and later reclaimed by the owner, there is a $12.00 per day fee to pay for housing and feed, and all fees or fines must be paid before an owner can take a pet home. The City and its employees are working to provide friendly and humane treatment for all pets and provide a reasonable and respectful attitude to all pet owners. At the same time we are working to keep our neighborhoods free of roaming animals and our community as well as our pets safe and healthy. A few other projects of the City are in full swing now. The leaf truck is regularly making its route through the neighborhoods to pickup leaves from the edge of our residents yards, and we are still sending a crew by to pick up bagged leaves and yard debris when you call and let us know this is needed. Additionally, the new Reverse Osmosis distribution station is working and available every day at the Eckert Civic Center on McKinley St. The water that we are providing has been treated to remove all chlorine, minerals and the radionuclides that seem to be a part of all well water in this area, so this is truly clean water for anyone who has a concern about the water you drink. There is no charge for this service, it is just one more way we are trying to provide the best and healthiest environment for our community. One other area we are working hard to provide a good solution is our Recycling program for appropriate trash. We have been grateful for everyone who has made use our Recycling Center on Ave F while it is open weekdays, and we are pleased with the citizens that use the Recycling Trailers posted around town. However, we are having an increased problem with people leaving household trash beside or inside of the recycling trailers. These trailers are just for the deposit of paper, plastic, cans and cardboard that can be recycled, not for the actual trash that every household generates and which should be disposed of properly in the landfill. We appreciate your help, and together we will continue to improve our community and make it the best hometown anywhere in rural Texas.
Your friend and neighbor, Brent Hinckley