The weather continues to be hot and dry and there seems to be no end in sight. I want to thank all of our city residents that have voluntarily adopted the alternating days for watering your yards and landscaping. The willingness you have shown has been noticed, and although we continue to monitor and have concerns about the capacity of our local water system, we have not seen the radical demands that can occur when too many people all need water at one time. We believe that we have plenty of water capacity to meet the needs for the rest of this summer; however we continue to ask that you conserve and be careful with your water use. If you have forgotten, please try to plan your outdoor watering schedule so that if your house faces north or east you water on odd calendar days, and if your house faces south or west you water on even calendar days. Also, remember that with the significant increases in natural gas prices we will see higher electric generation costs for the power you use to cool and light your home, and every conservation step you take today will mean less of an increase in your utility bills next month.
Another change we are making to compensate for the heat is a change in the hours of the Recycle Center. If you drop your recycle things off at the city yard on Avenue F, please note that starting now and until further notice, that facility will be open from 7:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. This cuts an hour off at the end of the day when the heat is the worst, but it allows our employees to work an extra hour in the early morning before the sun is at full strength. Of course, the recycle trailers are available all day, everyday, and we will be glad to help you recycle at our center during the revised hours. A big Thank You!! to everyone who takes the time to recycle and save that space in our landfill as well as being a responsible consumer in today’s age.
In addition to this being the hot time of year, from the city calendar it is also the time of year when we set goals and objectives, and the City Commission works out the budget for the coming year in order to meet those goals. A number of the primary goals we set last year have been met or are being addressed at the current time and will be completed as we come to the close of this fiscal year. Beginning next week, and for several weeks to come, we will be re-evaluating our vision and setting new goals and then considering how to best fund the needs for the coming year. Each of us has our own idea of the things the city needs to do, and the best way for your voice to be heard is for you to let your Commissioner know what you think is important. If you have an idea or a concern that you feel strongly about and want to be sure is considered this year, now is the time to talk to a City Commissioner. Our City Commissioners represent you and any one of them would be glad to hear from you, so please talk to either Ms. Eloise Burges, Ms. Anna Velez, Mr. Bob Vacek or Mr. William Beatty and let them know how you feel. And as always, I am available to hear any suggestion, concern or complaint you might have and would be glad to talk to you if you would call the city office at 347-6449 and leave me a message. Mason is very blessed to have the citizens that make our community, the resources to meet the needs for today and the future, and the natural beauty to be a wonderful home for all of us. With your involvement and ideas we will continue to prosper and create a community that will be the best hometown in Texas today for us and tomorrow for future generations.
Your friend and neighbor, Brent Hinckley