The beautiful Spring weather the past couple of weeks has been a real blessing, and the wildflowers are just making their presence known around the County. I saw several patches of blue along the roadsides this past weekend and there is water in the tanks and ponds for a change, so it seems that things are looking up all around Mason. The City is doing very well also, with very few problems and generally positive activities throughout the departments and areas. I had one citizen tell me once to not spend too much time talking about everything going great because people would start to think I was just trying to hide the problems, but the fact is that right now I hardly see any problems and things really are going great! A few examples of the positive directions things are going: Clyde Martin, the Fire Marshall for Mason, has been doing reviews of the businesses around the square during the past few months and is working with the business owners to improve the safety and fire protection in our town. The city staff is also working to create a new safety training program for our employees to improve the working environment and provide a safe and healthy work place. The Recycling department is busy keeping up with the continued use of their services, is looking toward some specific improvements in the near future and is applying for another grant to help cover some of the costs of the improvements that are planned. The Electric department is working to remove the old sub-station that is no longer used now that the entire system is converted to the high voltage. The electric crew has also planned some other regular maintenance work to keep the system working in top shape as it has for the past several months, with no avoidable electric outages. The Street department continues to work to improve our roadways and is clearing the road sides in various places around town to improve the drainage and keep the rain from causing additional surface problems and potholes. The Parks worker is beginning to deal with the green growth throughout the various park areas and is continuing to do a wonderful job of keeping our town looking well tended and maintained. There are a couple of services that the City is now providing to our citizens to help deal with a few specific issues . At the landfill we had the huge brush pile ground up a couple of weeks ago, and now we have large piles of compost or ground cover available to our residents who would like to pick it up and take it home to use in their yard (at no cost!). Another service that does not add any additional costs for our residents is the Reverse Osmosis distribution system located at the Eckert Civic Center on McKinley Street. This is open during daylight hours and evenings to anyone who wants to bring their own containers and get treated water to meet their drinking and cooking needs at home. This water is treated to remove all impurities, including the hard minerals, radium and other Alpha particles that we have naturally occurring in our water in Mason, and is available to all of our residents at no charge. Please make use of this service if you have any concerns about the quality of the drinking water here in town, and know that while we can’t treat all of the water used throughout town we will do what we can to meet the needs of our citizens.As I said things seem to be in great shape in Mason, and there are really not any significant problems that must be met right now. There are some issues that are being considered for the future and I will keep you aware of problems and projects as they come along, but this is surely the best hometown in the Hill Country and we will continue to work together to make it an even better place to live and work in the future.
Your friend and neighbor, Brent Hinckley