The past several weeks have been pretty quiet around the City of Mason with no big projects or problems to keep our crews too very busy. They have certainly stayed busy with the regular challenges and maintenance issues, and there have been enough water leaks, electric changes, brush pile shredding, and street cleaning around town to keep all of them working. The past couple of months have also not been too difficult on the City Commission since there has not been any real controversy or challenging decisions to make, just the regular business of the City to look after. This past Monday the City Commission met for their regular meeting and there were a couple of items on the agenda that you might want to be aware of. The first revolves around the current needs for water conservation and the Mandatory water use restrictions that were imposed within the City last summer to protect the water resources during the extended drought we have been experiencing. The Commission agreed to currently reduce the City water restrictions to a level 2 Voluntary level and continue to encourage our residents to conserve and wisely manage their water usage. The City water department has been dealing with other issues since this past fall and the water demand has fallen to our anticipated winter lows so the Mandatory restrictions are unnecessary at this time, however we foresee the need to continue the community awareness that to waste our precious water resources is damaging to all of us. We have seen some needed rainfall over the past several weeks and with them the “spring green” has begun showing around our county and the wildflowers are showing some signs of coming out for the spring. However, it is a fact that although the dry land has had some relief we are a far way away from truly breaking the drought and the weather projections are for dry and hot temperatures again beginning late spring and a repeat of the heat from last summer to cause a renewed concern in the next few months. We hope that our residents will continue to be very aware of their water needs and take care of the landscape watering that is required, but plan your plantings and expectations to allow for the challenging water restrictions that may be necessary if the predictions are right and we have a continued drought this summer. Continued vigilance and considerate daily water usage is the only way Mason will be able to meet the future water needs of our community, and we hope that everyone will join us in conserving the water resources we enjoy.The second issue that was discussed and set at Monday’s City Commission meeting was to call the municipal election for the necessary seats on the City Commission this spring. At this time the filing period is open for candidates to file for the open seats which are: Mayor (elected at-large from throughout the City) and Commissioners for District 1 and District 3 which are elected by those individual districts. There have been several individuals who have expressed interest in this manner of serving our community and if you are so inclined now is the time to consider it carefully and file for this election before March 5, 2012. There are packets available in the City office, and the process is fairly straight forward and uncomplicated but if you have any questions about elections or this specific election cycle please contact the City Secretary, Pattie Grote, and she can help you and answer any question. The elected officials of Mason are always available and willing to hear your suggestions or concerns, but this is the most direct manner in which any citizen who has an interest can speak out and be heard throughout our town and community. Our goal is to serve Mason and its residents to the best or our ability and make this the very best hometown in Texas, and if you would like to join in that effort now is a good time to jump in and get involved.
Your friend and neighbor, Brent Hinckley