Last week I talked about all of the great things the City of Mason is working on and mentioned some of the particular projects that individual departments are working on. That list was just some of the projects that are underway or needing to be done, but this week I have to share some of the problems we have. The biggest problem that the City currently faces is a lack of employees. The staff we have is dedicated and hard working, but right now we have four vacancies in the City workforce and are looking at another by the end of this month. There are a lot of day-to-day jobs that have to be done to keep our water, electric, garbage, and wastewater systems running smoothly. In addition to these, we have employees working to keep up with the recycle center, mowing at the various parks and city properties, cleaning and patching the streets and dealing with the loose animals around town and those who are housed at the pound. These are just some of the regular jobs that have to be taken care of in addition to keeping the office and utility billing running smoothly. The City has several positions for hard working and committed individuals that are budgeted and for which we have advertised, but the qualified people have not come out to submit an application and interview for the jobs, and that is where we could use some help. If you know someone who would make a good public service employee for our community, we have opportunities in our landfill, street, water and electric departments and we will soon be looking for some additional help with our parks and swimming pool. The jobs we need to fill cover a broad range of skills and abilities, and if you know anyone who might be a good candidate please suggest they come by the City office and fill out an application and if he is available talk with our City Administrator John Palacio about our needs. There are several projects I would like to see improve our hometown in the coming months, but without enough willing workers we may not be able to do those things that you expect of your City.Above I mentioned the need for employees for our swimming pool, and we are just starting to look for lifeguards for the coming season. One change we would truly like to make is to have some adults consider applying for a position as lifeguard. If we continue to entirely rely on students, we face the problems we have had in past seasons when the students have to return to school for sports or other activities and leave us with no lifeguards when there are still weeks of hot weather to go before the end of summer. If you or anyone you know would like to work a few hours a week and provide adult lifeguard duty for our swimming pool we would be glad to talk with you and explain the job and the expectations. We have a number of possibilities around our town to improve the way we serve our residents and provide additional services, but we need help and we need more good workers. If you have suggestions we want to listen, and if you have ideas about how we can make this a better community we want to help. Mason is a great hometown, and with our residents helping to improve our community we will continue working to be the very best hometown in Texas.
Your friend and neighbor, Brent Hinckley